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Linux goes gadget

Linux may be known as the software that came from nowhere to change the server market, but its effect is being felt in other computing sectors as well.

Linux may be known as the software that came from nowhere to change the server market, but its effect is being felt in other computing sectors as well.

One area in which Linux has made strides is "embedded" software. This means set-top boxes, handheld devices and other computing contraptions may soon be running Linux-based operating systems.

News.com's Hari Sreenivasan hit the floor at LinuxWorld this week in New York and took a look at a few gadgets being developed with Linux.

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A Linux-powered vending machine
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Pocket gadget: Linux runs a handheld with video
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Robotic arm: Linux as the ultimate remote control