Other Interesting Facts About Linux:
- Linux distros, Mac OS X, and the various BSDs are all Unix-like operating systems, and because of this, there are many similarities between them .
- Though most people are probably unfamiliar with Linux, many cell phones and other portable devices run on Linux-based systems. One prime example isAndroid, which is found on many of today’s smartphones and tablet computers. Other examples are Tizen and the cloud-centric Google Chrome operating system, that powers Chromebooks.
- Linux operating systems are used on only about 1% of the world’s computers today according to marketshare.hitslink.com, but Linux is used on the majority of the world’s top supercomputers and on a large percentage of Internet servers with support from such corporations as IBM, Novell, Red Hat and Canonical . Click here to see a surprising list of worldwide organizations and government entities who are using Linux .
- Linux is widely used by motion picture studios in the creation of high-powered movie special effects. For example, DreamWorks Animation uses Red Hat Enterprise Linux across the production and business levels of its operations, and Weta Digital used Ubuntu Linux in the creation of the blockbuster Avatar .
- Linux is also being used on a growing number of personal computers, with Dell, System 76 and The Linux Laptop Company among those selling new computers with Linux pre-installed.
- Puppy Linux, a small distro, can completely run in as little as 64 MB of RAM (or even less) and does not require a hard drive. Because of this, small distros like Puppy Linux are well-suited for use on extremely old computers .
- Linux can be installed on and completely run from a portable USB drive plugged into any computer which can boot from a USB device. So in essence, people can carry their operating systems virtually wherever they go. Pendrivelinux is a website dedicated to showing people how this can be done .
- Beginning with version 12.04, Ubuntu can be installed as an app on dual core Android phones to turn them into full-fledged desktop computers, when docked to a keyboard and monitor. Click here to learn more .
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5. ^ “50 Places Linux is Running That You Might Not Expect.” http://www.focus.com/fyi/information-technology/50-places-linux-running-you-might-not-expect/
6. ^ “Linux in Schools”: The Film Industry – Weta Digital. http://scienceblogs.com/gregladen/2010/09/linux_in_schools.php.
7. ^ “DreamWorks Animation Utilizes the Red Hat Portfolio to Build a Private Cloud for Financial and Creative Applications.” http://www.redhat.com/promo/dreamworks/.
8. ^ Puppy Linux. http://puppylinux.com/.
9. ^ PenDriveLinux. http://www.pendrivelinux.com/.
10. ^ Ubuntu for Android. http://www.ubuntu.com/devices/android.
11. ^ “Linux Creator Linus Torvalds Receives One of the World’s Highest Technology Honors.” http://www.marketwatch.com/story/linux-creator-linus-torvalds-receives-one-of-worlds-highest-technology-honors-2012-04-19.
12. ^ http://www.olcf.ornl.gov. https://www.olcf.ornl.gov/titan/.
13. ^ “Tux.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tux.
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