I guess those in-flight systems run Linux

Flying from Malaysia to Germany recently, I woke up in the middle of the night thinking we had perhaps gone off course… because on all the TV screens in the plane where the in-flight map usually is, was a penguin.

I’ve seen system failures at airports before (whether it be a random Windows dialog box, or a BSOD). But there’s something slightly more disconcerting about watching anything on a plane reboot while you are in the air. Especially something that was supposed to be tracking flight data.

Interestingly, once it got through the boot process, and the X windows startup (slowly), the map all came back – remembering where we had come from, and where we were going, but with no record of how we had got there (the flight path just went dead in the middle).

Still, we made it to the right place at the right time, so I guess all was well 🙂

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2 responses to “I guess those in-flight systems run Linux

  1. Pic or it didn’t happen =)
    Glad it wasn’t the main navigation system that rebooted 😉

  2. This is funny. It also happened to me during a flight from Spain to Peru. But I was not afraid, it was just the flight map that went down, although it couldn’t actually boot ever again. I like seeing the map, especially during a long flight 🙂

    Proof here: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=8928&id=621179481

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