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takingmessages
08-25-2018, 07:02 AM
Wondering...
How many pilots use Linux?
I'd like to motivate aviation computer products companies to embrace Linux, but is it worth it for them?
I haven't had a Micro$haft or MAC puter in more than a decade.


UAL T38 Phlyer
08-25-2018, 07:33 AM
I have it on two desktops. Have two ipads, and Windows on two desktops. (Some are dual-boot systems).

Linux is my “go to” as it is usally the fastest to load, respond, and has the fewest gimmicky things I don’t care about.

But it is also the system that is sometimes incompatible with the company site, and I have call IT to find out how to get it to work.

CaptainYoda
08-28-2018, 10:41 AM
As a linux person, I have to say that it's not likely in a direct sense.

So most Aviation companies will not have the ambition to change their front end, or user side to a conventional Linux distro.

What is more likely is the companies changing to a web based architecture that is OS agnostic.

That said, of you use any Android solution or ChromeOS, it's Linux. 75-95% of mobile devices use Android depending on region.

If you use MAC, it's a UNIX system.

For Aviation tablets, iPads are the de-facto solution thanks for Foreflight who refuses to provide an Android solution and all Android Aviation equivalents have been 'meh' at best.

The internet is basically powered by Linux. (something like 99% of all servers are some form of Linux.

So it comes down to the desktop and laptop computers.

Most companies supply the pilots and mechanics with iPads.
All that is left is a few conventional desktop portals for general use, or personally owned laptops.

The laptops are becoming dominated by Chrome Books unless someone is really dedicated to photo editing and movie editing (then use a MAC) or Gaming (then use WIN10)

I use a Chrome box ($150) with an old 24" monitor for general use, WIN10 for games and sims, and an iPad for work and travel.

The I.T. industry is really going for a browser based experience, so it doesn't really matter what OS you use.


Mesabah
08-28-2018, 12:15 PM
My server is Linux, but the rest are a whole mix of stuff.
I believe the FAA requires any flight critical software to have near perfect reliability. The obvious choice there would be to stick with Mac, as it's a BSD derivative.

takingmessages
08-29-2018, 08:55 AM
The obvious choice there would be to stick with Mac, as it's a BSD derivative.


The obvious choice would be to stick with freeBSD or openBSD...
:D

CowboyPilot79
09-02-2018, 12:51 PM
My server is Linux, but the rest are a whole mix of stuff.
I believe the FAA requires any flight critical software to have near perfect reliability. The obvious choice there would be to stick with Mac, as it's a BSD derivative.

Same here, server is Linux. I dual boot Kali and Windows on a laptop, have a desktop on Windows 10 Pro for Office, Lightroom, etc stuff, and my go to is a Chromebook that dual boots ChromeOS and Gallium (Linux Distro).

CaptainYoda
09-05-2018, 04:21 AM
Same here, server is Linux. I dual boot Kali and Windows on a laptop, have a desktop on Windows 10 Pro for Office, Lightroom, etc stuff, and my go to is a Chromebook that dual boots ChromeOS and Gallium (Linux Distro).


I've considered Gallium.

What is your opinion on it?

CowboyPilot79
09-05-2018, 05:35 AM
I've considered Gallium.

What is your opinion on it?It runs really slick on the older Chromebooks, but I prefer a more stock Ubuntu if the machine has the legs for it.

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