Linux based devices or Linux devices are computer appliances that are powered by Linux operating system. They are often minimalistic and purposely built, thus may be environmentally friendly and create less electronic waste per unit.
Linux devices are built to run Linux by their manufacturers. This reduces their initial development, on-going support costs and usually aids in time to market. The reasons of using Linux may be various - low cost, security, stability, scalability or customizability. Many original equipment manufacturers use free and open source software to brand their products. Community maintained Linux devices are also available.
Organizations such as gpl-violations.org, the Free Software Foundation (FSF) and the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) are now more organized at pursuing such violators and obtaining compliance. Usually, they seek voluntary compliance as a first step and only enter legal proceedings when blocked. When notified of violations they confirm them by asking the supplier, examining available product samples, or even going so far as to make blind purchases of the product through front companies.
The original hardware vendors are in some cases supportive of these efforts or at the least tolerate the use of such software by end users. Others go to great lengths to try and stop these alternative implementations.
PHILIPS DEBUTS LINUX-BASED GATE-ON-A-CHIP FOR SOHO ROUTERS.(Royal Philips Electronics' Linux Software 3.0, and PTD2002, PTD211X , PTD2210 and PTD241X routers)(Product Announcement)
Oct 01, 2002; Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE:PHG) (AEX:PHI), San Jose, Calif., has introduced the first Linux-based...
Arabic alternative to Microsoft: The Fakhir Arabic edition of Hancom Linux is a powerful and complete native Linux-based desktop bundle
Jun 21, 2002; JEDDAH -- Arabic speakers now have a "cheap, user-friendly" alternative to Microsoft Windows and Office, according to a Korean...