Which operating systems run the In-Flight Entertainment Systems on commercial passenger aircraft?

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    $\begingroup$ Most are Linux, a large number are Panasonics Ex3 which is a customised *nix. I don't have reputable sources but will come back if I find some. Android is taking over and I believe that some are Windows NT based. $\endgroup$
    – Simon
    May 9, 2016 at 20:07
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    $\begingroup$ There's no one operating system. Different vendors make different systems, which run different OSes. $\endgroup$ May 9, 2016 at 20:26
  • $\begingroup$ There are so many different in flight entertainment systems running on different aircraft...I think you need to narrow this down a bit (particular systems in a particular plane with a particular carrier). I'm marking it as too broad in the mean time. $\endgroup$
    – Jae Carr
    May 9, 2016 at 20:56
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    $\begingroup$ @Simon, Android is also Linux. It just isn't GNU/Linux, but some other Linux-based embedded systems aren't either. $\endgroup$
    – Jan Hudec
    May 9, 2016 at 21:57
  • $\begingroup$ FWIW, On a recent Qatar flight (a brand new A330) my IFE screen and controller crashed and had to be rebooted. The screen was running some flavour of Linux, whereas the touch-based controller was Android (complete with droid logo on reboot) $\endgroup$
    – Jamiec
    May 10, 2016 at 8:30

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According to this article, Linux is at least one of the main contenders in the space, Wikipedia also makes a lose reference to Linux and cites this article as the source. Here is some photographic evidence that its Linux as well. Although I'm sure it varies by maker it seems that Linux is at least one of the main players.


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