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Think You Saw Unity In Last Night’s Doctor Who?

Hands up if you watched the return of Doctor Who yesterday, in the tech-laden episode ‘The Bells of St. John’?

That’s a lot of hands.

Now put your hands up if you think you spotted Ubuntu’s Unity desktop being used by Miss Kislet‘s shady soul-snatching organisation?

Fewer hands. But I can see why you’d think that…

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Kislet’s Malevolent  OS Looks a Bit Like Unity… (image credit: BBC/Will)

Left-hand launcher, big circle at the top; items going half-way down – all Unity tropes. And, on the screen further back to the center (in the image above) we can see what looks like Ubuntu’s 4-space Workspace Switcher.

But is is actually Unity?

Between the few fleeting glimpse of the screens as a whole screen, which are often softly out of focus, there are one or two close-ups that shows that this isn’t – sadly – Unity being used:

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Damn You Miss Kislet, Foiled Again

But the Doctor Who production team aren’t averse to using Ubuntu to power displays during filming. Ubuntu 8.04 cropped up on-screen during ‘The End of Time’, and Ubuntu was ised in the adult spin-off Torchwood.

Ubuntu Powered Promo Booth? You Bet [Ubuntu In The Wild]

Every day we walk past and interact with machines that run Linux, without ever noticing. 

But every now and then these machines go wrong, and their underlying OS is exposed for all to see.

Like, for example, this promotional pod used in a British betting shop, snapped by Lee Jarratt:

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What’s semi-fascinating about this spot (to me, at least!) is that it’s not simply a case of some stock Ubuntu install powering it. No, someone has changed the wallpaper, trimmed down the launcher items, and swapped the theme from the default Ambiance to the lighter Radiance.

Someone is using Ubuntu for a purpose, whilst also using Ubuntu themselves. That’s pretty neat.

[Ubuntu In The Wild] Unity In Use By Norwegian Military

originalThe Norwegian military use Ubuntu – and that’s a fact.

In an article on Norway’s cyber defence effort over on Norwegian IT site digi.no, Ubuntu’s Unity desktop is clearly visible in one of the accompanying photos.

So much for people not using it!

Open-source software is already used by military and security organisations because of its malleability. Unlike proprietary software, freely available code and platforms can be honed, developed on and analysed to fit a given purpose.

And those reasons become even more compelling for those tasked with combating (or, indeed, engaging in) cyber warfare.

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An image pointing out the obvious