Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Ubuntu Spotted on Dara O'Brien's Science Club

I was watching Dara O'Briain's Science Club the other night, a great TV program on BBC Four I might add, and spotted the familiar glow of that Ubuntu  'afterbirth' wallpaper (most likely an LTS release) on the monitors in the background.

The whole show can be found on BBC iPlayer (in the UK) and you can see them at a round 2:50 into this video, a section of the program about capturing gravity waves at Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory or LIGO for short:

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Bang Goes The Theory (Series 6 Episode 3)

Spotted a Linux desktop on some security expert's Samsung Netbook, on this fear-mongering and patronizing episode of Bang Goes The Theory. Geek points if you can identify the desktop.

Update: It seems to be Backtrack, a well known penetration testing distro with KDE.

Friday, 24 February 2012

Horizon: Can We Make a Star on Earth?

Not exactly Linux but I spotted this, possibly a Sun Solaris workstation, that is used to control the Z-Machine, the worlds largest X-ray generator, at Sandia national Laboratories. Skip to about 36 minutes in to see them. It looks like it's running CDE or early Gnome. If anyone knows what machine this is please post in the comments.

Thanks to Lopta on Twitter and a bit of investigating, I've identified it as a HP 9000 Workstation running HP-UX.

UK readers can view the program here on BBC iPlayer:

"With access to the biggest fusion experiments on earth, Brian Cox tries to find out why scientists have been unable to get even a single watt of fusion electricity onto the grid. "

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Ubuntu Spotted On Home Of The Future

In Home Of The Future on Channel 4, I spotted Ubuntu on one of the University of Oxford's automated vehicles, judging by the Gnome2 desktop, it looks like either 10.0.4 or 10.10, I'd lay money on it being 10.0.4 , it being the LTS. I think it was being ssh-ed into from the Macbook. For those who can access 4OD can watch the program here, and skip to 40 minutes in. Update: here's a YouTube link.

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

I Know This...It's UNIX!

Great video Dimitrios Desyllas posted on Google+ of various UNIX and UNIX-like appearances in film and TV.