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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 '16 at 20:07
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    $\begingroup$ There's no one operating system. Different vendors make different systems, which run different OSes. $\endgroup$ – Zach Lipton May 9 '16 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. $\endgroup$ – Jay Carr May 9 '16 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 '16 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 '16 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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