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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
While Linux is still taking off relatively slowly in the desktop world, the same is not true in the mobile space where many are predicting that we will be presented with a mobile Linux Odyssey in 2012.
Embedded Linux is on the rise, and may be found anywhere from the vehicle management system in your car to the smartphone in your shirt pocket. Montavista Linux, for instance, powers not only smartphones from Motorola, NEC and Panasonic, but Sony TV and media devices, Linksys wireless routers and Yamaha musical instrument systems.
Linux is deployed in more than 25 per cent of smartphones, and is second only in popularity to the Symbian operating system (OS) in that market. Experts are predicting a bright future for the OS, with ABI Research suggesting that it will appear on more than 200 million phones by 2012.
This may comes as a surprise to those who have observed the slow progress of Linux on the commercial and home user desktop, where Microsoft Windows is deeply entrenched, and any competing system has to overcome obstacles of perception and distribution. A Ubuntu desktop may or may not be easier to use, but the barriers to entry from original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and end users are high. Change is perceived as risky, and users prefer to stay with what they know. Bill Gates once observed that, with each new release of Windows, "our biggest competitor is our installed user base."