Curtis Olson wrote:
> 3. I'll just toss in this unrelated item ... a week ago I got to fly 
> on a NWA A330.  This aircraft had individual movie/music/game/map 
> displays for each seat.  I managed to hang/lock mine up ... apparently 
> because the map wasn't working on this flight for some reason.  So I 
> asked the flight attendent to reset the display and when she did, it 
> booted Linux of all things!  I thought that was interesting.
> Regards,
> Curt.
> -- 
> Curtis Olson - University of Minnesota - FlightGear Project
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Linux isn't FAA certified so it's not used for mission-critical systems 
but in-flight entertainment systems would be very useful on Linux. You 
managed to figure out what distro the Airbus was running? Some custom one?

I do know that there is enough FAA certified hardware on the market 
capable of running RT-Linux, and I expect to see some of that hardware 
bleeding onto the instrument market. The A380 already does PC-based 
systems in its flight deck, although probably not in its entirety. 
Programming instrumentation in OpenGL is the way to go, and the avionics 
manufacturers picked that up, look at the ARINC661 standard for example.

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