Oracle Observations

December 3, 2008

Linux and the Centro cross rail line

Filed under: Uncategorized — bigdaveroberts @ 11:00 pm

Somewhat off topic:

Having spent another good day at UKOUG 2008 and being a local boy I took the 21:14 to Longbridge to take me home.

Interestingly before departure, the LCD screens pumping news weather and adverts into the carriages went blank; shortly to be followed by a Linux boot screen.

I have seen games machines in pubs and railway information terminals displaying blue screens of death and even yesterday the screens at the ICC were displaying the helpful information that an error had occurred in a Microsoft C++ library, but this is probably the first evidence I have seen of Linux encroaching on this market.

The fact that the service on the Centro trains is almost certainly not directly paid for the commuters using the service may be a factor in the choice, or there is the possibility that the spread of Linux is actually much more widespread that is immediately apparent.

Ultimately we have a service provider who could have used Windows to provide the service but have chosen Linux instead.

I’d love to see the business case behind that, but I suspect that it is just another very small confirmation that in backing Linux, Oracle has made a very shrewd move.

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