In comp.os.linux.advocacy, Mathew P.
on Mon, 03 Apr 2006 03:01:16 GMT
> On 2006-04-02, Roy Schestowitz spake thusly:
>> __/ [ Riddic ] on Sunday 02 April 2006 16:39 \__
>>> In January I had a rather lengthy flight with QATAR Airways.
>>> QATAR, being a 5-star airline (my only real gripe are the abysmal
>>> facilities at Doha Airport, their main hub), has a fleet of mostly
>>> Airbus jets most of which are in the process of getting an overhaul
>>> of their interiour ... seats, inflightflight entertainment system (IES),
>>> I was lucky and was sitting in a plane (A330, I believe) which had
>>> just undergone said upgrade. Upon leaving Doha for Singapore, the IES
>>> was powered up and I could see the oh-so familiar Linux startup-screen
>>> with the little Tux picture in the upper left corner (I don't think showing
>>> the startup-screen was intentional though).
>>> Long story short, it was the best IES I've seen so far (and I've seen a
>>> few). Apart from having 8 or so movies, some info programs and a load of
>>> games to chose from, if you switched programs, the movies weren't already
>>> running, but would start up individually. You can rewind, forward, pause
>>> (very nice for restroom breaks), basically anything you could do with a
>>> standard DVD-player.
>>> I hope this spreads to other airlines too.
> Interesting. The website claims that the pictured monitors show
> a "crash" of the linux OS. Someone will probably correct me
> but I don't believe that I have ever heard of Linux crashing.
Linux can crash. It's a very rare occurrence and
would look like a freezeup, although depending on the
circumstances one might be able to switch to a text
console to observe the actual panic message. If it's
an OOPS it'll fill half the screen with a register dump.
This doesn't appear to be the case here.
The pictured screen definitely looks like a Linux
bootscreen and it's kinda hard to tell at this resolution
exactly what's happening but it's probably a hardware
problem. :-) In fact, the text mentions a disk issue.
Of course, I'm far from certain as to why an aircraft
would only have *one* computer unit anyway. Presumably,
there's at least two: the flight control computer and
the main display computer handling such things as videos.
Presumably, the second is what's being shown here.
It's not like they weigh half a ton, anymore. :-)
> Applications and daemons hanging or not responding, certainly,
> but I have never had the system itself crash, once the boot
> process has been completed. I have had one kernel panic, but
> that was during the boot process.
That's the crash proper.
> I keep my computer turned on 24/7, and
> have for 2 years +, with the exception of an occasional powerdown
> for equipment installation and such. As I said, I have never
> had this happen to me.
> Another interesting thing about the picture is that if you look
> closely at the original size, the details don't appear to
> be indicating any system malfunctions that I could see.
A disk issue might show up as an error in the logs, if it's
on the non-system disk.
Windows Vista. Because everyone wants a really slick-looking 8-sided wheel.