Make your fridge run Linux!

Updated: June 9, 2010

Note: This is a humor article, do not take this too seriously please!

OMG, what? My refrigerator, that thingie that keeps all them foods and whatnot cool and edible can run Linux? Well, definitely. And in this article, I will show you how.

First, let's make things straight. Your ultra-modern fridges already have micro operating systems installed. Their firmware is quite smart and will do lots of nifty things, like regulate air flow, prepare ice cubes, etc. But what about the old machines? Aha! All right, I have your attention. Now, follow my recipe to having your fridge rev Linux like a good sport, in just five dead-easy steps.


Step 1: Take a photo of your fridge

Make sure you take a photo fully facing the fridge door(s). This will make easier to combine the Linux console onto the fridge door, although it can be done at any which angle. If needed, perform some basic perspective and curve bend transformations.

Fridge door

Step 2: Take a screenshot of Linux console

Now, power up a Linux machine and take a screenshot of the console. Preferably, you should run a Linux distro in a virtual machine, then switch to one of the text consoles and take a screenshot. If you can't, then a screenshot of one of the terminal apps will do, including xterm, gnome-terminal or Konsole. Xterm seems like the best option.


Or maybe this:

Gnome terminal

Step 3: Paste console screenshot onto fridge

Using an image manipulation software like GIMP or Photoshop, combine the two images so that the console is roughly centered in the upper half of the fridge door.

Console pasted

Step 4: Add some decorations to make it all look more authentic

To make the combined image look more life-like, consider adding a soft border around the console rectangle, similar to embedded monitor screen, infusing the final product with near realism. You may also want to smear the bordering element a little. Play with lighting and shadow effects.

With border

And here's one with Gnome terminal and even better integration:

With gnome terminal

Step 5: Job done!

Lean back, enjoy and cackle in mad glee. Now, what remains is to play with the size of the pasted console and the border type, change the lighting effects, the camera angle and whatnot.


While the article does not really help you run Linux on your fridge, it makes for a decent image processing tutorial, plus it's hilarious, sort of. Since this is a humor article, you might have expected a pun, but there isn't any. Linux on fridge can be easily achieved by placing a laptop running a favorite distro on top of the appliance. Damn, I'm good!

No fridges were harmed in the preparation of this article.