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.

Intuits QuickBooks Embraces Linux

.. Well, kind of. According to this press release dated June 13th, 2007, Intuit Inc. announced that it will be offering businesses its QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions software on Linux servers. The Linux Database Server Manager is free and will be available for download via Intuit’s site on June 25th, 2007. However, the functionality is only available to users running QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions 7.0 or later.

Obviously this is great news for the Linux community. Intuit is a fairly big company that has been around and established for quite some time now, so its nice to see Linux being embraced more and more by big businesses who are tired of the drag-along costs of operating a separate server for applications they can’t run on their Linux servers. Now the question is (and I hope it happens) will Intuit be releasing a QuickBooks version for the Linux desktop? Only time will tell.