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R.I.P. LinuxDevices… Long live LinuxGizmos!

Mar 9, 2013 — by Rick Lehrbaum 10,292 views

[Updated Dec 23] — In 2012, the embedded Linux market lost a valued resource when became a collateral casualty of QuinStreet’s acquisition of a group of websites from Ziff Davis Enterprise. Unfortunately the new owner had no interest in supporting the site, so LinuxDevices has lain dormant ever since the acquisition.

As the year wore on, a growing number of individuals and companies urged me (as the site’s founder) to do something to get LinuxDevices back on its feet, or to launch a new site to fill the void.

Thanks to this encouragement, and recognizing that embedded Linux is not simply alive and well, but has been growing exponentially as the OS-of-choice for smartphones and numerous other embedded applications, I decided to launch a successor site.



Like its forerunner, LinuxGizmos is devoted to the use of Linux in embedded and mobile devices and applications. The site’s goal is to provide daily updates of news and information on embedded Linux distributions, application software, development tools, protocols, standards, and hardware of interest to technical, marketing, and management professionals in the embedded and mobile devices markets.

For example, some recent advances of embedded Linux over the past year have included…

  • Android reaching some 70 percent of the global smartphone market, while continuing to sneak up on the iPad in tablets
  • An explosion of new open Linux hardware projects, led by the phenomenally popular Raspberry Pi
  • The emergence of several promising new mobile Linux OSes, like Sailfish, Firefox OS, Tizen, and Ubuntu Touch
  • The increasing interest in Linux-based automotive computing solutions
  • The continuing expansion of Linux into consumer electronics, industrial control, networking equipment, digital signage, robotics, and more

Each LinuxGizmos post includes a comment area where readers can ask questions, voice their opinions, and engage in discussions on the topics covered. Additionally, members of the embedded Linux community are welcome to submit announcements, events, guest columns, and other content for publication on (subject to the site’s editorial policies).

R.I.P.… Long live!

— Rick Lehrbaum, publisher

But wait! There’s more…


LinuxDevices Archive now hosted at LinuxGizmos

We are pleased to announce that QuinStreet generously offered to license to host the LinuxDevices Archive, as a “holiday present to the Linux community” in December 2013. As a result, nearly 15,000 news items and special articles and editorials originally published by are now available for browsing in our LinuxDevices Archive. The Archive is searchable and also available from a calendar interface, so you can click on any month of any year between 1999 and 2012 and see what pops up.

Visit the LinuxDevices Archive


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8 responses to “R.I.P. LinuxDevices… Long live LinuxGizmos!”

  1. Gary Stewart says:

    Thanks ! I look forward to watching this site grow to fill in the large void left on this
    important Linux subject after LinuxDevices strange demise.

  2. Sander says:

    You have no idea how I missed LinuxDevices. It’s good to see the project alive again.

  3. John Beetem says:

    Welcome back! LinuxDevices was something I checked daily and often linked to, having news and devices that were hard to find elsewhere.

  4. Jimmy says:


    Wish the outside links didn’t open in a new window though, otherwise, I like the look!

  5. Farzad says:

    Great and thank you.
    I will be a daily user of this site.

  6. Larry says:

    Yeah! Welcome back! I feel so lost without linuxdevices.

  7. Yehaaaaw! says:

    Finally you are back!
    Keep it up!

    > Unfortunately the new owner had no interest in supporting the site,

    They deserve some head slaps:

    Idiots ;-)

  8. The Moral Monster says:

    Just moving over from Calibre Linux Devices. Any chance of a newsfeed?

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