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Linux on Delta [Feb. 18th, 2007|11:01 am]
Brad Fitzpatrick
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The in-seat entertainment on Delta (even in economy: impressive), was really good. Made my first flight from SFO to JFK quite bearable. Listened to music, watched a movie, etc.

And I noticed when it booted:



Heh. Apparently it runs Linux. You'd think they'd do some Delta-themed bootsplash.
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[User Picture]From: nick_xxx
2007-02-18 08:08 am (UTC)
Interesting looks nice :)
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[User Picture]From: perpetualmotion
2007-02-18 08:08 am (UTC)

Sweet !

Check out the new IFE from Virgin America, "Red" http://youtube.com/watch?v=609i-OhFhoQ - geekalicious.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2007-02-18 08:24 am (UTC)
That's almost identical to the Delta one in functionality. And exact same display/card swiper. Delta didn't have qwerty, though, and no food ordering that I saw.

It's good to see competition in this space.
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[User Picture]From: supersat
2007-02-18 09:08 am (UTC)
Of course, it's highly likely that Virgin America will never get off the ground due to it being owned by a foreign company...
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[User Picture]From: perpetualmotion
2007-02-18 11:54 pm (UTC)
I really hope Virgin America gets the greenlight to start operating. They'd be based in SFO and focus on high quality, low cost service... That Red IFE would be on all of their flights, even the shortest domestic ones. I think their system also has a larger screen (they claim it would be the largest seatback screen of any US airline).

They're also looking for software developers to come up with crazy things to do with their IFE that they haven't thought about themselves... A very cool approach in my book - very refreshing to see an airline with such an open attitude :)
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[User Picture]From: octal
2007-02-18 09:35 am (UTC)
Every one of the "advanced" IFE systems (the ones which do true VOD) I've seen seems to be running Linux. (including VS and EK).

It would be interesting to look into the companies involved, etc.

EY still wins in my book, because 1) massage chairs in business class 2) fully-flat beds in business class 3) free internet (first with boeing, now with panasonic)
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[User Picture]From: brad
2007-02-18 09:59 am (UTC)
What's Panasonic's Internet system?
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[User Picture]From: octal
2007-02-18 12:21 pm (UTC)
http://news.com.com/2061-10785_3-6117764.html

EY is signed up, and it is supposed to go live in February, but I'm not sure if it happened or not.

There's an L-band system (being used for GSM microcell relay) but enh, I want Ku band for broadband data from the plane much more than I want voice.
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[User Picture]From: crschmidt
2007-02-18 02:03 pm (UTC)
I saw the same thing when I flew JetBlue. When there were technical difficulties, it rebooted, and there were NFS timeouts or something like that showing on the screen, which amused me more than the fact that it ran Linux.
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[User Picture]From: osi
2007-02-18 04:55 pm (UTC)

old song plane..

you're flying on one of the old song planes.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2007-02-19 05:48 am (UTC)

Re: old song plane..

Heh, thanks. Interesting.
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[User Picture]From: krow
2007-02-19 01:26 am (UTC)
Interesting, the interface that I got to crash on my flight over to New Zealand last year was running Windows.
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