Delta Airlines Runs Linux

I noticed that the seat back entertainment systems on Delta Airlines run Linux on a flight last week during a reboot. Heres a few snaps:

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It’s reported that Delta is running an enterprise version of Red Hat but there are no confirmed sources.

The entertainment system is called Song, which allows you to do some of the following:

  • Digitally-streamed MP3 programming that allows customers to create individual play lists during their flights;
  • Downloadable, pay-per-view movie programming available on demand, featuring a wide-range of current offerings for all ages;
  • Interactive iXplor moving map program with zoom capabilities and points of interest information; and
  • Connecting gate information broadcast directly to personal in-seat video monitors.

Engadget has a nice article detailing the system from 2004.

7,000 Linux Guides for the Linux Laptop

TuxMobil has announced that the number of howto’s and guides on their site has more than doubled, with more than 7,000 Guides for the Linux laptop.

The TuxMobil project covers all aspects concerning Linux on laptops and notebooks. The number of free guides and how-to’s has more than doubled in less than three years, and more than 7,000 links to Linux laptop and notebook installation and configuration guides are now listed at TuxMobil.

Congratulations to TuxMobil on their hard work and dedication.

Quickzi: Open any folder from your GNOME Desktop

Jacob from FOSSwire has a nice tip that will allow you to quickly open any folder from your GNOME Desktop.

While on your desktop (either with no windows open or with the desktop focused) type / (forward slash). Now type in a folder path and hit Enter. The directory will be opened in a new Nautilus window. On top of that, it will also autocomplete most paths.

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What to do before switching from Windows to Linux

There are many of you out there who are looking to make a change from your current Windows operating system to the Linux operating system. Some of you may have doubts, many of you most likely have questions before taking the plunge. I’ll try to point you in the right directions before you switch from Windows to Linux.

Back up your important files

You’ll want to back up all important Windows files including documents, media, bookmarks, application settings, etc. Throw everything on a USB key, CD/DVD, or an external hard drive.

Grab a live CD of the distribution you are going to install

A live CD will allow you to ensure that your hardware is compatible with the Linux distribution as well as give you a feel of the desktop usability. You should be able to gather if the distribution you choose is right for you by running the live CD. However, not all Linux distributions contain a Live CD version, so be sure to check if the Linux distro you are choosing has one available.

Determine what functionality you will need

If you are a normal user who mostly enjoys browsing the web, using e-mail, chatting with friends online, and using media, then Linux is a great option. If you enjoy playing popular computer games, you want to check with Cedega to see if your favorite game is compatible before you switch from Windows to Linux.

Check out Distrowatch

Distrowatch has a variety of useful information from user reviews of many Linux distributions as well as the current most popular distros.

Check out Wine and CrossOver Office

Wine is an open source application that allows you to run a variety of Windows applications. CrossOver Office is similar, and built on top of Wine to give the user an easier experience in installing and using the Windows applications on your Linux desktop. Be sure to browse through the compatibility list before assuming your favorite Windows application works with CrossOver Office.

Understand basic Linux commands

You can’t always rely on the beauty of the desktop with most of todays Linux distributions. What if X crashes and you’re sent to the command line? Rather then rebooting, check out this site for a straight forward guide on some of the basic Linux commands.

Read the article Alternatives to Windows Programs

Also check out Open Source Alternatives and The Linux Alternative Project.

Read the article 20 Must Read HOWTOs and Guides for Linux

This article is very useful to new and old Linux users and contains a variety of quality guides gathered throughout the years.

Can you think of any other tasks to complete before making the switch to Linux? Leave your ideas in the comments.