If Operating Systems Ran The Airlines…

Found this funny article while surfing the web. It tells about what happens if the different commercial airlines were run by different operating systems. Some of you must have heard or read this before but I’ll just share it anyways for the sake of those who haven’t.

UNIX Airways

Everyone brings one piece of the plane along when they come to the airport. They all go out on the runway and put the plane together piece by piece, arguing non-stop about what kind of plane they are supposed to be building.


Everybody pushes the airplane until it glides, then they jump on and let the plane coast until it hits the ground again. Then they push again, jump on again, and so on…

Mac Airlines

All the stewards, captains, baggage handlers, and ticket agents look and act exactly the same. Every time you ask questions about details, you are gently but firmly told that you don’t need to know, don’t want to know, and everything will be done for you without your ever having to know, so just shut up.

Windows Air

The terminal is pretty and colourful, with friendly stewards, easy baggage check and boarding, and a smooth take-off. After about 10 minutes in the air, the plane explodes with no warning whatsoever.

Windows NT Air

Just like Windows Air, but costs more, uses much bigger planes, and takes out all the other aircraft within a 40-mile radius when it explodes.

Windows XP Air

You turn up at the airport,which is under contract to only allow XP Air planes. All the aircraft are identical, brightly coloured and three times as big as they need to be. The signs are huge and all point the same way. Whichever way you go, someone pops up dressed in a cloak and pointed hat insisting you follow him. Your luggage and clothes are taken off you and replaced with an XP Air suit and suitcase identical to everyone around you as this is included in the exorbitant ticket cost. The aircraft will not take off until you have signed a contract. The inflight entertainment promised turns out to be the same Mickey Mouse cartoon repeated over and over again. You have to phone your travel agent before you can have a meal or drink. You are searched regularly throughout the flight. If you go to the toilet twice or more you get charged for a new ticket. No matter what destination you booked you will always end up crash landing at Whistler in Canada.

Linux Air

Disgruntled employees of all the other OS airlines decide to start their own airline. They build the planes, ticket counters, and pave the runways themselves. They charge a small fee to cover the cost of printing the ticket, but you can also download and print the ticket yourself.

When you board the plane, you are given a seat, four bolts, a wrench and a copy of the seat-HOWTO.html. Once settled, the fully adjustable seat is very comfortable, the plane leaves and arrives on time without a single problem, the in-flight meal is wonderful. You try to tell customers of the other airlines about the great trip, but all they can say is, “You had to do what with the seat?”


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  1. JP Habaradas

    March 4, 2007 at 5:18 AM

    @jhay – Ei, haven't seen you in a long time. Busy with school huh? :)

  2. jhay

    March 4, 2007 at 2:30 AM

    Nice, it's so good to read something as good as this after a long time of being away from blogs. ;)

  3. JP Habaradas

    March 2, 2007 at 4:47 AM

    @Nostalgia Manila – Wow, this is a rarity. You actually left a comment. Hehe.. Thanks for dropping by! :)

    @benj – Hahaha..you're funny! :D

  4. benj

    March 1, 2007 at 9:33 PM

    Of course I got it. I was just kidding.

    *nervous laughter here*

  5. Nostalgia Manila

    March 1, 2007 at 2:02 PM

    Hahaha! This had me laughing. Great post.

  6. JP Habaradas

    February 28, 2007 at 5:34 PM

    @dimaks – Hehe..I know but it's a bit outdated. Maybe you can come up with the Fedora and Ubuntu versions? :)

    @benj – Is the article too nerdy or geeky for you? Hehe :D

  7. benj

    February 27, 2007 at 7:23 AM

    Wow, I felt so alienated with that one. 0_o

  8. dimaks

    February 27, 2007 at 1:37 AM

    Awesome.. I hope there is also something about particular open source os like fedora and ubuntu :) nicely put article, lol.

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