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[News] Virgin America Upgrades Its Red Hat-based Entertainment Systems

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Virgin America Announces New Entertainment Line-Up, More WiFi for Spring

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| Virgin America plans to introduce additional video games, movies, a new 
| television channel line-up, a Best of the Web category and other new content 
| in the latter half of 2009 - all of which will be made possible by 
| Linux-based system upgrades taking place this summer.    



Tech fuels flight

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| We are using two dozen open source products, thanks to which we have saved 
| close to $6 million for Virgin America in the last two years. Products today 
| are mature enough to not cause undue risk. Our e-Commerce site, which does 80 
| per cent of our business today, runs on open source.   


Virgin America tunes up with YSlow

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| The travel start up has been making great use of open source in its software 
| infrastructure during the launch phase, with Red Hat and Fedora running in 
| its data center and on its web servers, a virtual private network using open 
| source, and in-flight entertainment severs using MySQL and back-of-seat TV 
| sets that are powered by Panasonic's Linux aboard its aircraft.    


Linux-based airline seat-back entertainment system is a winner

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| This Red Hat-based system also is installed on Qantas Airways and on Boeing 
| 777s operated by Delta and Continental. eX2, the newest version of 
| Panasonic's in-flight entertainment systems, offers not the canned radio 
| stations of yesteryear, but rather audio and video on demand, games, and even 
| online books, depending on the carrier.    


Singapore Airlines puts a PC in every seat

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| The whole system runs on Red Hat's distribution of the Linux operating 
| system. 


StarOffice, Linux fly high on Singapore Airlines

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| Singapore Airlines is offering access to Sun's StarOffice 8 office
| productivity suite free of charge to passengers on its new Boeing
| 777-300ER aircraft. StarOffice, Sun's proprietary version of
| OpenOffice.org, runs on the aircraft's Linux server and is accessed
| via a seat-back terminal at each passenger's seat, according to Sun.


Airborne Linux Hackers Unite!

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| Virgin America calls their new in-flight entertainment system “Red,” but it 
| is really a gigantic sociological experiment in airborne distributed 
| computing.  


Virgin America

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| The IFE runs Linux, boots over the network and has a full qwerty
| keyboard.
| [...]
| Finally, the IFE has Doom on it, I don't know if it is multiplayer 
| or not. There is a competition going where you can submit your 
| Open Source games for evaluation if they can run on the aircraft, 
| a new target for game makers.

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