[wellylug] penguins on a plane

s gallaghan gall at buzz.net.nz
Mon Oct 27 20:01:44 NZDT 2008


Jethro Carr wrote:
> hi all,
>
> I recently took a flight on a plane fitted out with Air New Zealand's
> new per-seat entertainment on demand systems.
>
> Before we took off, the cabin staff rebooted the whole entertainment
> system, and gave me a chance to see what was running.
>
> It appears that the individual seat computers are running Linux, which
> boots up into an X windows environment. :-)
>
> Nice to see another example of Linux use in the real world. :-)
>
>
> At one stage, there was a glitch and I saw the windows task menu appear
> briefly whilst watching a video.
>
> My suspicions are that the seat computers run Linux which then
> establishes some kind of terminal server connection to a back-end
> windows server, which provides the interface and content.
>
>
> Anyone know the details about how this system works? My curiosity has
> been invoked. :-)
>
> regards,
> jethro
>
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could they have been running windows in a virtual machine?

Stephen



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