30 Big Companies and Devices Running on GNU/Linux

Linux is a most popular Operating System compared to Windows and Mac. Linux is everywhere even at those places where most of us have not even thought. Tiny machines to Gaint Supercomputers are powered by Linux. Linux no more remains a Geeky thing.

Companies Running on Linux
30 Companies and Devices running on Linux

Here in this article we would be discussing some of those Linux powered devices and company running them.

1. Google

Google, an American based multinational company, the services of which includes search, cloud computing and online advertising technologies runs on Linux.

2. Twitter

Twitter, famous online social networking and micro-blogging site that is Powered by nix.

3. Facebook

Facebook, one of the most famous and most widely used Social Networking service runs on the same platform.

4. Amazon

An American based international company which deals with International Online Retailing is in the list of Linux powered Company.

5. IBM

IBM (International Business Machine Corporation) the American based company which for sure don’t requires any introduction, is again powered by nix.

6. McDonalds

The world’s largest chain of hamburger fast foot restaurant uses GNU/Linux (Ubuntu) too.

7. Submarines

The submarines in the United State Navy are controlled by same platform.


National Aeronautical and Space Administration, The United nation’s Space program widely uses Linux in many of their programmes.

9. Watches

Most of you would not be knowing that there are Linux Powered Watches in the market, already. The watch developed by IBM running Linux.

10. Mobile Devices

True, you all know that Linux is powering Mobile Phones, Tablets and Kindle. If the news is true, Nokia is all set to come with its First Android based Mobile (Though the decision of Nokia is too late and Nokia has paid for this and still paying).

11. Space

A Specific Linux Distro (Debian) is already in the space. Debian led all the rest.

12. Raspberry pi

The business card sized computer designed for electronic projects as well as desktop computing which is very cheap in cost and is fully functional. Raspberry is a landmark in Linux Development.

13. Desktop Computing

Though a little late, Linux made a notable presence in the desktop computing market. In school and academics as well as in government offices Linux are being widely used, these days.

14. Corporates

The corporate offices are using Linux and finds it more productive than any other alternatives.

15. New York Stock Exchange

New York Stock Exchange (NYSC) which provides means for buyers and sellers in order to trade shares of stock in companies registered for public trading relies solely on Linux.

16. Traffic Controlling

The Traffic controlling system in most of the countries be it Road Traffic or Air Traffic Linux proved to be the best than any other available alternative.

17. Nuclear Projects

When it comes to Nuclear Ambitious projects, Linux is the best option. One of such OS is QNX, which lately is acquired by Blackberry Ltd.

18. Bullet Trains

The Bullet Trains in Japan runs at the speed of 240-320 km/h. All train tracking, maintenance, scheduling and controlling is Linux based.

19. Tianhe-2

The fastest Supercomputer of the world, China’s Tianhe-2, which is capable of performing 33.86 petaflops operations per second is running Kylinos, a Linux based Operating System.

20. Internet Hosting

More than 70% of Internet Hosting and service providers are Linux based. Thought this statistic is difficult to figure out but based upon the Linux compatible hardware sold, and demand for cross platform compatible hardware, the above statistics is a rough estimation.

21. Missiles and Weapons

The Missiles and destructive weapons of next generation is themed to be much advanced and Intelligent system than its predecessors. Well what else would have been its alternative.

22. Hackers

Hackers be it ethical or non-ethical prefers Linux over any other Platform. The availability of a variety of tools, the architecture, the security, the technique to handle things intelligently and control everything to the point required makes it perfect choice for Hackers.

23. Other Industries

The Wikipedia, PIZZA Hut, Aviation industry, Parliaments of countries like France are using Linux. When it comes to work in distributed system, multi-user supported system, the only thing that comes to mind is the Nix.

The OLX and Just dial have their user base just because of Linux. The service providers relied on Linux for developing Application that has a huge database and act as local google and Amazon.

24. Postal Services

The US Postal Services and banking sector of most of the countries are using Linux. Well USA uses Linux not only as mission critical application, but have tried building their system around. The use of nix in US Postal Service is a brilliant Example.

25. Education

Schools, colleges and Universities in Russia, Germany, Philippines, Georgia, Switzerland, Italy, India specially Tamil Nadu are using Linux even for basic computer education.

The availability of specific Linux distro for every task makes Linux the most sought after platform. Edubuntu is a distro specially developed for computer LABS from educational point of view. (At my time RedHat was used for educational purpose, when I was pursuing my major in Computer Application.)

26. Movies

For those who think Linux is not for Graphical editing we need to mention that Oscar winning Titanic and Avatar were Edited and Graphics were created using Linux only. Moreover the video cameras these days are Linux centred.

28. Networking

Cisco, the networking and routing gaint are completely Linux Based. Real-Time Communication and Integration Solutions providing company finds Linux best suited to their Application Development and Delivery.

29. Cars

Recently, cars developed around Linux was exhibited. Making cars more intelligent which can work in odd situations, nix is the best choice.

30. Future of ROBOTICS

Again an intelligent critical application, which should work in odd situations and act accordingly, specially when robotics is supposed to be tied with army and security and there remains no place for any flaws, Linux and Only Linux………

Actually the list is ever growing. That’s all for now. I’ll be here again with an interesting article soon. Till then stay tuned and connected. Give your valuable feedback in comment section.

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28 thoughts on “30 Big Companies and Devices Running on GNU/Linux”

  1. Now in my 70’s iam a newbie to Linux,started computing in 2000 but now I just Love Linux Lite as do my two grandchildren.Particularly with it’s ability to find drivers for scanners,printers etc that become obsolete as windows upgrade.Also the New Lite Cleaner keeps the computer clean .Thankyou Linux.

    • every child know that Linux is kernel and GNU/Linux is OS. and the proper way to write Linux is – ‘Linux’ and not ‘linux’. Similarly proper way to write ‘UNIX’ is ‘UNIX’ and not ‘Unix’ or ‘unix’.
      still we refer to linux os in day to day talk by saying it linux.

      isnt it?

  2. I wasn’t a geek when i first installed linux, and it was fine, easy to use and understandable system, but after using it for a while I became one.. I have learned to code in python, php, java, etc.. I am thankful to linux community, they made me a better human being they forced me to think by my self not just to take what is given. I now believe that only lazy people choose windows or mac, those, who like to get everything on the plate, those who are afraid or too lazy to try something themselves…

  3. “Linux no more remains a Geeky thing.”

    Except, for the most part, only geeks actually interface with Linux in almost all the places on your list. The consumer-facing stuff is mostly all tightly controlled. In only a few desktop use cases do non-geeks actually have the opportunity to get their hands dirty with a Linux distro. And they probably don’t want to, any more than they want to fool around with their Windows desktop (assuming either isn’t locked down anyway).

    Other than that quibble, this is a great rundown on how GNU/Linux and FOSS are absolutely everywhere these days. Thanks!

  4. Dream on, the real case is users of Linux, and there is the bitter truth,
    Still only one percent (+-) of the users really uses Linux for daily work, the rest are servers and Geeks that run those servers.
    It is as if Microsoft will say that she rules the mobile world because most of the devices eventually synchronizing throw Windows computers.

    • It is bitter truth no doubt, just because of history when Microsoft took a big lead in user friendly OS race and effects are today that people are using Windows, but time doesn’t remain the same, people are getting familiar with Linux and are less and less moody to buy propriety OSes e.g. Mac, Windows, when they can get same or more better OS in free of cost with free applications.
      For your info, only desktop users are stuck to Windows, those who have Windows over their desktops / laptop machines prefer to run Android [a modified Linux Machine designed to run over mobile devices] or Apple. 1% (+-) people are willing to have Windows Phone other wants Android and Android [Linux] is 60% of todays mobile market.
      Fact is that it is gonna take time for people to change from Windows to other OSes, but when they will find something better, they’re gonna betray Windows!

  5. I just wanted to point out that NASA is not the “United Nations space program.” Other than that I like all the great articles. Thanks.


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