Linux-Based In-Flight Entertainment

Delta’s in-flight entertainment system runs Linux. Notice Tux below?

delta's in-flight linux boot screen

I was lucky enough to witness a couple of reboots on a flight from Atlanta. The boot spew also indicates that they use an AMD Geode processor.

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5 Responses to “Linux-Based In-Flight Entertainment”


  1. 1 Alkivar January 19, 2008 at 11:43 am

    I’m surprised they use a umpc for each station. Wouldn’t it be more cost effective to say run a thin client at each location and stream everything from one server?

  2. 2 Embedded January 19, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    A Geode is about as thin as you can get. The Geode, ram, flash and ethernet will likely be under 3×5″ single component side SMT 4 layer. The LCD will be a far bigger board. The boot spew would have been interesting to see MTD (Memory Technology) devices, drivers and OS version.

  3. 3 Mark January 20, 2008 at 6:19 am

    My apologies for the craptastic photo quality. This was taken in a hurry, with a camera phone.

  4. 4 Rax January 20, 2008 at 6:41 am

    Mark … aren’t mobile phones supposed to be kept switched off on flights? 🙂

  5. 5 Mark January 20, 2008 at 7:13 am

    Hahah… We were actually still at the gate, honest! There was a technician onboard attempting to fix the system to make the 5+ hour trip tolerable. I actually witnessed two reboots, but the system never worked.

    Thank god for sudoku.


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