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Recently I have taken an interested in learning about Linux and the Unix family of operating systems.

In my quest to do so I found that my simple home router contained hardware capable of much more than I thought. It was a fully fledged computer running Linux!

I was able to load both Openwrt and then DD-wrt allowing experimentation with a mini Linux computer.

Im also aware that there are many other possiblities for router/modem firmware: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_wireless_router_firmware_projects

Other projects that give this possibility are:

  1. Cyanogenmod (plus many more) for many Android based mobiles
  2. FreemyiPod for Apple iPods
  3. Rockbox for other Mp3 players including iPods

What other popular projects are available that provide customized firmware or an alternative to proprietary software that can be loaded on to a device?

Is anyone able to provide a link to any lists of such projects?

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What other popular projects are available that provide customized firmware or an alternative to proprietary software > that can be loaded on to a device?

To start, many network-attached storage devices are able to boot Linux. One of the earliest to be hacked was the NSLU2 (AKA the Slug). Also, a large number of QNAP models have been hacked, Buffalo devices, and many from other manufacturers.

A project that runs Linux on a printer's WiFi card is here.

The flexible little SheevaPlug device runs Linux.

A currently popular little board that runs Linux is the Raspberry Pi. This didn't have to be hacked: it was designed to run an open linux from the start. A list of similar Linux boards suitable for use in small devices is here.

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