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What Are the Weirdest Places You've Spotted Linux? 322

Posted by timothy
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colinneagle writes "Bryan Lunduke recently pulled together a collection of the weirdest places he's found Linux, from installations in North Korea and the International Space Station to a super-computer made out of Legos and computer engineer Barbie. Seen any weird places for Linux not mentioned in this list?"
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What Are the Weirdest Places You've Spotted Linux?

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  • Delta infotainment (Score:2, Informative)

    by bhenson (1231744) on Tuesday February 11, 2014 @01:42PM (#46219304) Homepage Journal
    In deltas infotainment head rest. Saw it netbooting when it powered up
  • by hawguy (1600213) on Tuesday February 11, 2014 @03:48PM (#46220953)

    At the Toronto Linux Users Group I heard a story about how the parking meters used to crash because some setting would randomly kill processes when Linux was running low on memory.

    That's probably the Out of Memory handler in Linux. It's not exactly random, the OOM handler ranks processes by "badness" [kernel.org] and prefers to kill off newer processes that are using a lot of memory before going to older, long running processes.

    There's a sysctl.conf setting that will tell the kernel to panic and reboot in an OOM condition instead of trying to kill off enough processes to continue running, which is probably would be better for an unattended parking meter.

  • by steveha (103154) on Tuesday February 11, 2014 @03:53PM (#46221037) Homepage

    I didn't think it was really strange, but a while back I saw some desktop computers running Firefox on Ubuntu in a coffee shop. This was the old GNOME 2 desktop, so it worked almost exactly like Windows, and the customers in the coffee shop just used the computers and it wasn't any big deal.

    I have set up multiple family members, including both of my parents, with Linux computers. I seem to be the guy who gets called when a computer melts down with malware, so I'm motivated to get people off of Windows and onto something else.

    These days my go-to distro is Linux Mint with MATE. I might switch back to Ubuntu once MATEbuntu is available... on the other hand, I have hopes for Cinnamon, so maybe in the future I'll be using Linux Mint with Cinnamon.

    But for non-geek users, I definitely don't want a poor rip-off of Mac OS X (i.e. Unity) and I definitely don't want the desktop that is just different from anything else ever made (GNOME Shell).

    The MATE desktop has the smooth polish of man person-years of work and the input of usability studies [lwn.net], and it's IMHO the best choice for non-geek users.

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