How Linux is taking over the network

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Is the idea of world domination by Linux as far-fetched as it sounds? Perhaps it is still not deployed on many laptops or desktops worldwide. Does that mean that world domination is a pipe dream? I would argue that it may all depend on whether you define world domination as having it installed on more laptops than its competitors, or whether you define it as being present in more places than its competitors. Linux is used in areas other than the PC world, and it is in those other areas that Linux is stealthily making its advance.

One of the big attractions of Linux is the ability to customise the kernel. In particular, being able to compile for different CPU architectures makes Linux attractive for embedded real time systems. Being able to strip Linux down to the bare minimum amount required to run makes Linux a perfect fit for development of embedded real time operating systems. Which brings me to one point: what exactly is a real time operating system, anyway?

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