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Linux found up horse anuses (-1, Flamebait)

slashdot is sht (3508181) | about 2 months ago | (#46219204)

Linux is made up of horse fuckers, so thats no surprise.

Re: Beta found up horse anuses (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46219290)

That's where I put it, where it belongs. Fuck Beta.

pinball (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46219579)

the woz and other upcoming games are running it

Pizza place (3, Interesting)

royallthefourth (1564389) | about 2 months ago | (#46219254)

Like many others, I had several shitty jobs during college. One of those jobs was delivering pizzas for Papa John's. Running in the office of our store was a desktop computer with some really locked-down Linux on it that was limited to running some awful console program and a PDF viewer.

Re:Pizza place (1)

bobbied (2522392) | about 2 months ago | (#46219474)

Same deal at Pizza Hut... I had a job with them porting from SCO Unix to Linux. Until they started a hugely expensive attempt to move over to windows NT. I'll bet that stuff is STILL in the stores (not the windows mess, I think they scrapped that after I left. )

Re:Beta place (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46219949)

I found it in Beta. it was disfigured...a mere shell of what I remembered it to be. And then Beta raped me.

Toronto Parking Meters (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46219262)

At the Toronto Linux Users Group I heard a story about how the parking meters used to crash because some setting would randomly kill processes when Linux was running low on memory.

Re:Toronto Parking Meters (2)

cayenne8 (626475) | about 2 months ago | (#46219863)

I've seen Ubuntu Linux running on the new Wizard of Oz [jerseyjackpinball.com] pinball machine from Jersey Jack.

I've pulled up the command prompt on it, and has been kinda fun hacking the machine with new sounds, music and videos.

I once saw the FreeBSD Daemon on a condom machine (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46219270)

In London, the actual proper Daemon, I know its BSD licence but that was a bit of a shocker. Oh this is about Linux?

Re:I once saw the FreeBSD Daemon on a condom machi (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46219408)

Why would you ever have a condom machine?

Re: I once saw the FreeBSD Daemon on a condom mach (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46219651)

Because some people actually have sex. I know, what a shock to your virgin mind!

Re: I once saw the FreeBSD Daemon on a condom mach (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46219773)

Having sex under a BSD license is the way to go.

Swagalicious, #YOLO (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46219272)

Yes, kernel paniced on the videogame machine at a dive bar I frequent.

Bill Gates Mansion? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46219280)

It must be in some embedded system, there, somewhere.

The strangest place? (5, Interesting)

Joe U (443617) | about 2 months ago | (#46219286)

I once saw Linux on some average users desktop. Total non-techie, and there he was using Ubuntu.

Re:The strangest place? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46219472)

There's a charity here that gives computers to needy families. All the computers they give come with Ubuntu, regardless of the age or pre-existing operating system found thereon. This has lead many families here, who would otherwise not have ever heard of Linux, to have it installed on their home PC.
On another note, I run a computer shop, and I have actually had 2 non-techies come in and ask that I install Linux on their machines. One because he had heard that he could watch porn without risk of viruses (a sensible reason for a non-techie to have Linux IMHO), and the other because -- of all things -- he had heard it was better for gaming. I explained to him that it was often better at graphics processing on the games that are available on both platforms, but that most of the popular games he played were not available for anything but Windows. He still insisted he wanted Ubuntu installed, but I was able to talk him into dual-booting with 8.1. I don't want him coming back 3 days later and demanding a refund because he can't figure out how to run Rune Scape.

Re:The strangest place? (1)

uvajed_ekil (914487) | about 2 months ago | (#46219987)

There was a Goodwill thrift shop in Akron, Ohio that used to sell old, used computers with some odd linux distro on them. I don't remember what distro it was, something unexpected, but this was several years ago, and I was more than a bit surprised. Might just have been one person's labor of love and a way to repurpose old hardware for po' folks, who knows. I may go back in there to see if they are still doing it, and what distro it is now, if I'm in the area again.

Re:The strangest place? (1)

SpzToid (869795) | about 2 months ago | (#46219543)

Somehow, somewhere, they must have had 'connections' so they were not really what you claim to be as a 'normal user'. There is no marketing campaign, because no budget exists to market free software, so how else would you explain your sighting? No way was this some random oddity.

Re:The strangest place? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46219875)

Hardly strange. I've had my wife running Ubuntu for years and she's a minister - hardly a techie job. For some reason people just can't seem to shake that myth that Linux is only usable to geeks.

On the desktop (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46219292)

"This year is going to be it."

Beta Slashdot! (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46219302)

"Seen any weird places for Linux not mentioned in this list?"

Beta Slashdot.

Just kidding, Beta sucks.

Delta infotainment (2, Informative)

bhenson (1231744) | about 2 months ago | (#46219304)

In deltas infotainment head rest. Saw it netbooting when it powered up

Re:Delta infotainment (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46219573)

No wonder every airline infotainment system is a piece of shit. They're all running a piece of shit OS.

The Desktop? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46219320)

The Desktop?

My Linux. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46219322)

I have Linux on a USB flash drive, I'm pretty certain it will fit up my butthole. I can post a movie if anyone's interested. And you know you are.

Saw Linux in a NAS device replacing a Win2k3 srvr (1)

Ex-MislTech (557759) | about 2 months ago | (#46219330)

Not that weird, just that it was a large insurance company that was previously
100% a M$ house.

With them having 18,000 offices across the US that one is going to save them a
fair bit on licenses I am guessing, lol.

What's the stupidest quesiton you have seen on.. (-1, Offtopic)

DarkOx (621550) | about 2 months ago | (#46219358)

What's the stupidest quesiton you have seen on Slashdot, since Dice took over?

Fuck Beta.

Coffee Machine (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46219362)

Just the other day the coffee machine in my office rebooted, and it is running Linux under the hood. One of these http://www.cafection.com/en/products/innovation-series/total-1.

In the butt (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46219398)

That's where

Saw an interesting windows install once (1)

Scared Rabbit (1526125) | about 2 months ago | (#46219414)

I've never seen linux anywhere weird, but one time I saw an arcade game (I want to say it was San Francisco Rush but it could have been some other racing game as it was 2002) that had a classic windows BSOD displaying instead of the game.

Re:Saw an interesting windows install once (1)

coolsnowmen (695297) | about 2 months ago | (#46219585)

I love a good random windows BSOD story as long as the next /. and linux geek; but it is a special kind non-sequitor to slam windows in discussion titled (and I'm paraphrasing here) "where have you seen linux? [ for funzies discussion only! ]"

Re:Saw an interesting windows install once (1)

PRMan (959735) | about 2 months ago | (#46219985)

I can confirm that I have also seen a Windows 2000 boot loop on San Francisco Rush.

In a toaster (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46219422)

I remember someone joking about this when I was just getting in to computers. I thought it was a joke until I actually saw it in person. Linux.... Installed and running (in/on) a toaster.

Aer Lingus in flight entertainment (1)

ardmhacha (192482) | about 2 months ago | (#46219430)

I was on an Aer Lingus flight once between New York and Dublin. There were some issues with the inflight entertainment system so they needed to shut the system down and restart it.

A Red Hat Linux boot sequence appeared on the screen.

Re:Aer Lingus in flight entertainment (1)

coolsnowmen (695297) | about 2 months ago | (#46219609)

Same here! Except, somehow only _I_ locked up the in-flight entertainment machine trying to search for other people to play poker with and failsafe timer eventually rebooted the thing (just mine, not the whole plane).

Re:Aer Lingus in flight entertainment (1)

CohibaVancouver (864662) | about 2 months ago | (#46219771)

Ditto Air Canada's in-flight entertainment system. Not sure what flavour, but it definitely runs Linux.

Lotttery machine (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46219446)

As I was leaving a grocery store, I saw a Linux boot sequence scroll across the screen of a lottery vending machine being restarted.

Airline Flight (2)

TheNinjaroach (878876) | about 2 months ago | (#46219454)

I was on an airliner once that had movies running to screens built into the back of each seat. I wasn't watching the movie, but at some point the host announced there was an issue with the movie playback and that they had to restart the system. A minute later I was looking at the Linux boot process scrolling across every screen on the plane.

Also a pizza place (3, Interesting)

brokenin2 (103006) | about 2 months ago | (#46219502)

I was at a Chuckecheese with the kids for one of their friends birthday parties when one of the machines freaked out...

It was a photobooth that took your picture, and then made a sketch like version of your picture and printed it out for you..

When the employee came to reset it, I got to see either Redhat or Cent boot up.. Somewhere I've got a picture..

Weirdest? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46219504)

In my pants.

In a theatre in Milan (2)

r1348 (2567295) | about 2 months ago | (#46219531)

Went with my wife to see Much Ado About Nothing, noticed that the theatre's booking/ticketing system ran on an old version of Fedora with Gnome 2. Might be because the theatre is just next to Milan's Polytechnic...

In a Casino (1)

Poohsticks (921205) | about 2 months ago | (#46219595)

Was traveling through Temecula, CA and stopped for a drink and the buffet at Viejas Casino (not a plug - just reference) and as I was walking through the casino we had a brown-out (very high heat and massive electrical usage on that day). Was very interested to see all of the slot machines rebooting through a standard linux kernel and boot-loader straight to the "normal" slot machine game. Weird - but makes sense.

Re:In a Casino (1)

mythosaz (572040) | about 2 months ago | (#46219839)

I can echo this.

Most new slot machines (video and reel) have Linux running under them. Anyone who spends any time in a casino can see the operators opening them for maintenance and seeing them reboot.

Re:In a Casino (1)

armanox (826486) | about 2 months ago | (#46219983)

A friend of mine set up the slots here in MD (in one of the casinos anyway) and called me in surprise to tell me they were all running Linux.

Topgolf (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46219603)

If you're familiar with them (they're in Texas), all of their game screens are local machines running Ubuntu.

Kernel panic at the disco (1)

cloud.pt (3412475) | about 2 months ago | (#46219605)

A VJ system in a portuguese club popped up a kernel panic at 3AM, and not it wasn't Deadmau5 playing.

Less weird than the places I've spotted Windows (0)

barlevg (2111272) | about 2 months ago | (#46219607)

I've noticed Windows in a variety of weird places (airport arrivals boards first come to mind), and I usually notice because the screen is showing a blue screen of death or a "Windows has encountered an error" message. The version of Windows is invariably XP or older.

a retired arcade style game machine... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46219645)

In a rental vacation house there was a retired but working golf arcade machine (pay per play, took quarters) that came from a bar. Turning it on revealed the familiar start up messages of an old redhat installation and then a large X logo showing is ran the X window system, before loading the 3D gold game.

Weirdest? (1)

Endloser (1170279) | about 2 months ago | (#46219657)

Really the weirdest? If the weirdest is really what you're after I would say an ATM. Those usually run Windows and when I saw one running Linux I was very surprised. But it isn't really that weird to find linux in places that aren't obvious. So much so that now I expect to find Linux if I find a device where I assume there is a high level language used to maintain it (and surprised if it is something else).

A few quick examples of places Linux is gaining ground that may not be obvious to the average consumer:
Cable boxes
Televisions
Gaming consoles
Auto-mobile dashes
Refrigerators
Soda dispensers
Aquarium/Terrarium controls

Re:Weirdest? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46219897)

Cable boxes

Not just on the consumer end. A *LOT* of cable equipment (head end [wikipedia.org] gear mostly) runs on linux. I used to work with a company in the cable industry and there was tons of signal processing head end equipment that ran one version of linux or another. I remember getting a console on one piece once to help a guy work on it and it was running Redhat 5.2. Hopefully more modern equipment runs more current versions.

Telikin computer (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46219673)

Linux on the desktop for old people.

(And the old folks would hate beta)

FBCB2 (1)

jfdavis668 (1414919) | about 2 months ago | (#46219683)

The command and control system embedded in US Army vehicles runs Linux. It is called FBCB2, or Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below.

Shoulder surfing on an international flight (1)

H0p313ss (811249) | about 2 months ago | (#46219729)

Years ago I was returning to Ottawa from a business trip to the UK I was seated behind one of the Xen project members (from Cambridge or Oxford?) who was on his way to present about Xen at a conference.

I know this because he spent a significant portion of the flight editing his slides in OpenOffice under Linux, that turned into one of my most educational flights ever.

Re:Shoulder surfing on an international flight (-1, Flamebait)

sexconker (1179573) | about 2 months ago | (#46219989)

Years ago I was returning to Ottawa from a business trip to the UK I was seated behind one of the Xen project members (from Cambridge or Oxford?) who was on his way to present about Xen at a conference.

I know this because he spent a significant portion of the flight editing his slides in OpenOffice under Linux, that turned into one of my most educational flights ever.

Wow! It would have blown my mind to see that first hand.
Who would have imagined that not only does Xen still exist, but someone from Xen was able to voodoo out a slide show from OpenOffice. Open Fucking Office for shit's sake!

That'd be in the butt, Bob (1)

Cajun Hell (725246) | about 2 months ago | (#46219733)

I know a total nontechie who wanted to show me something on her laptop. I walked over expecting to see Finder of Explorer, and was surprised to find myself looking at Unity. I'm sure some "rocket scientist" installed that for her, but for day-to-day use, it's very clear that the people who say Linux isn't "ready" don't know WTF they're talking about. Icons and menus and windows, are icons and menus and windows.

Re:That'd be in the butt, Bob (1)

Teun (17872) | about 2 months ago | (#46220013)

Absolutely, Linux is since years quite ready for the desktop.

Unity might be a bit of a FU for people that want control of their desktop but otherwise it 'just works', personally I wouldn't do without KDE..

Last year while leaving Jakarta, Indonesia, I noticed a small screen on the front of the immigration officer's boot that showed a stuck Grub screen, on the adjacent boots this screen displayed some security information for people leaving the country.

When my boss travels he has a USB thumb drive with Grub installed on it's mbr, the company's IT locked down computer has Kubuntu installed on an encrypted partition and whenever he feels like doing some private stuff, banking, browsing, private mail, he boots up to Linux with the USB drive inserted.
So far IT has been too dumb to realise what it is :)

Insane asylum. (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46219751)

Before I escaped I saw they were running CentOS.

Behr Paint Kiosk (1)

pfleming (683342) | about 2 months ago | (#46219783)

At Home Depot looking around at paint samples, the Behr color picker Kiosk was on an Ubuntu splash screen.

Emergency Alert System (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46219791)

Just yesterday I saw a textual Linux login screen at the end of an Emergency Alert System test. It was "Red Hat Linux release 9 (Shrike)" with "Kernel 2.4.24 on an i686".

Faux Knews (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46219823)

Republicans and religious people hate computers so it was a strange thing to see. I saw it posted to Reddit, and I don't think it was a Photoshop. Considering how all of those people hate hackers, want to put all of us in prison, and always make ridiculous generalizations about us, I can't believe his fellow tech-haters didn't make fun of that reporter. Maybe they weren't smart enough to know that guy was supporting freedom rather than supporting racism and poverty by buying Microsoft products. That's why those people always use Microsoft. They support the current problems we have.

On a Republican candidate's computer (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46219827)

I saw it in the background of an interview. That was very curious since they hate technology and hate people like the readers here that are technically competent. So many of them want to put us in prison that it is really surprising to see their kind using Linux.

Re:On a Republican candidate's computer (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46219953)

Does making over generalizations make you feel smart and definitive?

None of them are weird (1)

rgbe (310525) | about 2 months ago | (#46219829)

I would consider it weird to see MS Windows or even more weird would be OSX in those places.

Slashdot, Soylentnews and most usenet servers (1)

q.kontinuum (676242) | about 2 months ago | (#46219857)

Usenet is nice. I can recomment comp.misc, a nice, active group with some activity there :-) (For Slashdot and Soylentnews I'm actually only guessing. An nmap probe reveals an F5 load balancer for slashdot and a probably a Linux-Box for soylentnews.org.) BTW: I hope slashdot will keep it's classic forum software, would like to remain a regular here :-)

Time machine (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46219859)

Why is this page all Web 2.0? Aren't you a little late? Not to mention the layout sucks...

Kiosk PC in tiny coffeehouse at Canada Lake, NY (1)

daboochmeister (914039) | about 2 months ago | (#46219873)

There's a small convenience store in the middle of Adirondack Park, by Canada Lake, NY, with a tiny coffee bar in a separate room. As recent as 1.5 years ago, the PC (there for residents/campers who don't have net access) was running gOS (here [wikipedia.org] for more info). Was kind of clunky, but it was also a very very old PC (like, 256MB of RAM old).

There were a couple of things obviously wrong with it and I asked if they wanted me to fix it up, but they said no, some guy came by every month or two and did stuff to it.

On the TTC (Toronto Transit Commission) (1)

dav1dc (2662425) | about 2 months ago | (#46219887)

I would happen to be waiting for the Subway one day when I noticed that the platform level information display was stuck in an infinite reboot loop (looked like a hardware failure)...

But I was pleased to see the DEBIAN splash screen on the display!! ^_^

Toilets (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46219901)

Automatic toilets are also running Linux ;-)

http://www.heringinternational.com/en/sanitary/automatic-public-toilets/automatic-toilet-facilities-1158.htm

Tim hortons (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46219927)

Tim hortons, on all the digital menus

My Timewarner Cable (1)

metotalk (168817) | about 2 months ago | (#46219933)

After every emergency broadcast test, my TV will show a terminal login prompt to a

Fedora release 10 (Cambridge) Kernel 2.6.27.5-117.fc10.i686 on an i686 (tty1)
TWCPlanoEAS login:

and it will stay there until I turn the cable box off and back on again.

Re:My Timewarner Cable (1)

sexconker (1179573) | about 2 months ago | (#46220007)

After every emergency broadcast test, my TV will show a terminal login prompt to a

Fedora release 10 (Cambridge) Kernel 2.6.27.5-117.fc10.i686 on an i686 (tty1)
TWCPlanoEAS login:

and it will stay there until I turn the cable box off and back on again.

Why not try logging in?
root/guest

In the military... (5, Funny)

Lumpy (12016) | about 2 months ago | (#46219947)

I was stationed at a small base just outside roswell and we were dispatched to investigate an aircraft crash site. when we arrived these little grey guys were running all over the place waiving their arms about, when I looked inside the strange sausage shaped craft there was a computer teriminal running that I had no idea what it was until 1992 when I first saw linux.

Those little guys were running linux. I think they were put in a government protection program and one of them was shipped off to Finland.

Home Trainers from Technogym (1)

YoungManKlaus (2773165) | about 2 months ago | (#46219955)

at least the one at my fitness center run some linux, and they do tv, radio, internet, have an ipod dock and stuff like that

Blocks (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46219973)

It's Lego, NOT legos!

Olympic Torch for youth olympics (1)

Njovich (553857) | about 2 months ago | (#46219979)

Never really thought about it, but we hooked up a small linux system for GPS-tracking the Olympic torch at the Youth Olympics. Of course, youth olympics are not really a big or important event, but it is 'official' olympic fire from Olympia.

The thing with Linux systems is that unless something really weird is happening, you would never know you are looking at one. I suspect there is much more linux around us than we realize.

Sanborns, Xalapa, Mexico (1)

John Bokma (834313) | about 2 months ago | (#46219981)

Sanborns, Plaza America, Xalapa, Mexico has a "Linux Terminal" at the magazines section. It has a Sun keyboard with a Spanish layout :-).

Your mother's laptop (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46219991)

She isn't very technical when it comes to her puters, but she knows how to keep the pop-ups in check.

Tim Hortons and Mr Lube (1)

neiras (723124) | about 2 months ago | (#46219999)

I walked into Tim Hortons for a double-double. They use big LCD screens for menus and video advertising in stores. Their screens were black and showing pxelinux trying to load. I guess they boot their menu server off the network, probably from corporate HQ.

Also, Mr. Lube (a drive-through oil change place) was using Ubuntu on their workstations - an early version with the nasty brown window titlebars. Their inventory/sales app was running in Gnome Terminal. Who knows what the backend was, linux was probably only being used to get them to a terminal as cheaply as possible.

None of these area actually weird. I always find it weirder to see Windows desktops on LED signs in stadiums or by the freeway. Once I was in Vancouver for a football game, the scores on the scoreboard suddenly 'moved aside', and lo and behold, there was a My Computer icon that was like 20 feet across. It was pretty funny to watch the operator trying to drag the "scores" window back into place to perfectly line up with the scoreboard screen.

Vibration powered (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46220011)

A dildo, but not my dildo.

I was using a dildo on an ex-girlfriend's ass, when I took it out I realised it was using Linux... oh no, actually that's wrong
When I took it out I looked at the poop on the end and thought it was Linux.

Provinzial insurance company. (1)

mischi_amnesiac (837989) | about 2 months ago | (#46220017)

Provinzial (a german insurance company) has all their desktops with their custom software running under Ubuntu.

Is it ironay (1)

geekoid (135745) | about 2 months ago | (#46220021)

that so many people recognize Linux in so many 'add' places becasue it ad crashed or needed a reboot?

I find it pretty funny observation, NOT a derision toward Linux.

TV Shows (1)

armanox (826486) | about 2 months ago | (#46220023)

I remember someone saying they saw a laptop on Power Rangers (fairly recent season, like in the past 5 years, can't find reference now) running Ubuntu.

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