The oddest places to find Linux

The operating system, or its logo, are suddenly everywhere.

Linux fanfare

Linux fanfare

Open source isn't just a license or a coding methodology, to many it's a religion. And the central prayer of that religion is an ode to Linux. In the spirit of such love, Linux has begun to sprout up everywhere. Here's a compilation of some of the more surprising places you'll find this beloved operating system.

The Linux motorcycle

The Linux motorcycle

Mavizen's TTX02 is billed as the first electronic racing motorcycle with an onboard-computer, USB ports and an IP address. This lets the crew tune the bike over a WLAN. It can hit speeds of 130 mph and it's all powered by a Linux system, according to LinuxPro Magazine .

A cuppa Linux in the morning

A cuppa Linux in the morning

This commercial coffee maker was on display at Embedded World in Nurmberg, Germany. It runs on Linux and was built with the Qt framework. It's not available for consumers, but a few years ago a Linux lover published instructions for building your own Linux coffee pot . We say cheers to Penguin-inspired Java.

Linux milks the cow

Linux milks the cow

Farm equipment manufacturer DeLaval makes a robotic milking machine that not only runs on Linux (and Windows), but lets the farmer operate it via a wireless, remote control. Now that's what we call milking a free OS.

Linux is watching you

Linux is watching you

Linux is the choice for the Zone Minder home video camera surveillance system. ZoneMinder is an integrated set of applications for surveillance, capture, recording of any CCTV or security camera attached to a Linux-based machine. There is no limit to the number of cameras the app can support, beyond what your Linux machine can handle.

Linux delivers, or at least, sorts

Linux delivers, or at least, sorts

Linux has gone postal. For the past decade, the US Postal Service has relied on a mail sorting system that uses LinuxOS at its heart. And if you really want to show the Linux love, you can also decorate your mail by using custom Linux-themed stamps from Zazzle.com .

Stop, in the name of Linux

Stop, in the name of Linux

Next time you're stopped at a red light take a moment to think geek … or rather Peek. Peek Traffic makes a series of Linux-based traffic lights that keeps traffic flowing in places like Iowa, New York and on the 101 in L.A.

Invasion of the Linux bots

Invasion of the Linux bots

Isamu is credited with being the first humanoid Robot to run on Linux, making the rounds in about 2001. But since then, Linux has become a popular basis for all kinds of robots including Pleo , an animatronic dinosaur toy and the Katana Robotic Arm for industrial applications built by Neuronics .