Denver Museum promotes Linux

March 6th, 2011 in open source, PlanetGNOME

Today we went to the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

They had this very cool exhibit where this huge sphere would light up as different planets and moons:

And they could add text to point out locations:

But even cooler yet was they explained how they did it and they used “Linux”. Usually when they list an operating system, I assume it’s a paid advertisement, but in this case it just said “Linux”.

They did not say what software they used to control the images and rotation …

6 Responses to “Denver Museum promotes Linux”

  1. zenwalker says:

    Perhaps if possible, you could have tried to contact one of the administrator of that complex to get more details about that Operating system running.

    I guess, it will be some embedded Linux OS running. Could be windriver too.

  2. Elliott says:

    You can see a bit more information on the Science on a Sphere website: http://sos.noaa.gov/about/

    Seems to be Ubuntu with some proprietary viewer.

  3. vonskippy says:

    How exactly are they “promoting” Linux?

    By your “logic” they’re also promoting “video projectors”, “hollow six foot spheres” and “wires”.

    Hope you have gloves on if you’re going to grasp at straws like that.

    stormy Reply:
    March 7th, 2011 at 7:33 am

    They could have easily just listed the hardware and not mentioned Linux at all.

  4. Alexander Larsson says:

    They obviously need to project the death star on that thing!
    With x-wings flying all over it.

  5. Fri13 says:

    What more information there should be read on operating system part? Exact version number 2.6.37? The platform build i686? The release number #1 SMP PREEMPT Sat Jan 29 20:00:33 CET 2011?

    Tech people should already know that Linux (kernel) is the operating system. When you want to know what OS is running, it is only the Linux and its version, release and so on.

    Please do not mistake OS and distribution (or development platform) to same thing… Techworld is already enough marketing people who twist words and definitions how they want just to sell their product as “superior” to others.

    Distribution name is not important at all at those things.