You walk into your home after a long day at work. You throw your keys on the table and plop down in front of the TV. A few seconds with the remote control and your very own I Love Lucy marathon begins.The product that automatically records any show or subject area on TV is TiVo, and the technology behind TiVo is Linux.

We increasingly live in an automated world that George Jetson would envy. We still have computers on our desktops, but over time they’ll also melt into our walls, our furniture—into the very fabric of our clothes. They’ll be so easy to use that we won’t have to learn how. Their operating procedure will be obvious from their physical design. At the heart of many of these devices will be the Linux operating system.

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