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DeadSuperHero
August 20th, 2007, 05:02 AM
My friends and I were hanging out, goofing off, and having a wacky time. We decided to get into a photo booth, and start screwing with stuff. One of them unplugged it, and plugged it back in.
It started to boot up like a computer. Familiar files flashed before me. Stuff for grub and bootloaders and whatnot.
Then, in big bold letters, it said "Red Hat Linux" on it.
It turns out, the photobooth runs with Linux with a photo interface on top of it.
I was amazed.

goumples
August 20th, 2007, 05:07 AM
Linux is finding its way into everything lol.. photobooths today, tomorrow the world.

LookTJ
August 20th, 2007, 05:14 AM
hmm....I wonder what's the name of the program that uses this photo interface.

FuturePilot
August 20th, 2007, 05:55 AM
Wow! That story was Lol and surprising at the same time! Linux is everywhere.:guitar:

jrusso2
August 20th, 2007, 06:19 AM
I was in a casino and I saw a tech working on a slot machine, and when he rebooted it I saw tux and all the linux files loading.

p_quarles
August 20th, 2007, 06:32 AM
I guess I'm more surprised that the display actually showed the bootup process than I am that it was running Linux. Linux has been very widely used as embedded software for devices like that for a while now. TiVOs, broadband modems, NAT routers, some cell phones, etc.(wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Embedded_Linux))

Still, pretty cool. I know that I would have been tempted to look for some way to attach a keyboard. :)

PrimoTurbo
August 20th, 2007, 07:45 AM
If you ever watch videos of the Mars landers, you will notice that everyone in the control room is running some type of unix based OS.

~~Tito~~
August 20th, 2007, 08:03 AM
I have a very amazing story too :p, when I turned on my computer I SAW GRUB!!!! Linux is even at my computer :p.

I have seen cell phones with some Linux based system and have seen whole servers with it also, even our cable box seems to have a Linux based system (cox cable, Scientific Atlanta cable box). I live in Las Vegas and usually they put a trash bag or a black paper on the slot machine when its booting up so people cant see what goes on before you play.

Kimm
August 20th, 2007, 12:46 PM
I guess I'm more surprised that the display actually showed the bootup process than I am that it was running Linux.

I once managed to crash an Automated teller machine (don't ask me how... I used a card from a different bank, which is supposed to work, but apparently it didn't) and it automatically rebooted. I now know that, that particular bank run OS/2 on their Automated teller machines

Bungo Pony
August 20th, 2007, 12:59 PM
OS/2 runs (or ran) on a lot of bank machines. It was quite obvious when my bank's machines were switched over to Windows. Everything slowed down terribly :(

stimpack
August 20th, 2007, 01:54 PM
Linux is excellent for things like this, low overheads in cost and machine requirements.

No, I am always surprised when I see Windows on these machines, I think wow you paid for a license for all your booths, do you not like profit margins? :)

tcpip4lyfe
August 20th, 2007, 04:25 PM
I was at a bar one time and a touch play poker machine rebooted and it was red hat. Me and my buddies all took pictures of it with our cell phones and then realized we were going to be sleeping alone that night because we were more fascinated with Linux then hooking up with some bar girls.

FuturePilot
August 20th, 2007, 04:30 PM
I was at a bar one time and a touch play poker machine rebooted and it was red hat. Me and my buddies all took pictures of it with our cell phones and then realized we were going to be sleeping alone that night because we were more fascinated with Linux then hooking up with some bar girls.

:lolflag:

init1
August 20th, 2007, 04:30 PM
OS/2 runs (or ran) on a lot of bank machines. It was quite obvious when my bank's machines were switched over to Windows. Everything slowed down terribly :(
Here.