Linux in the movies and television. Some famous appearances.

Posted: September 21, 2012. At: 6:48 PM. This was 5 years ago. Post ID: 4605

In the television series “Heroes” a KDE desktop was spotted running the Kopete application. A screenshot below. This is a Mandriva distribution displaying part of the Kmix window and a live webcam application.

Mandriva KDE desktop on the TV series Heroes.
Mandriva KDE desktop on the TV series Heroes.

We all know about the famous scene in the Matrix Reloaded where Trinity is cracking the Matrix power station servers to buy the Keymaker and Neo time to get into the Architect`s room. She uses the Nmap port scanning application to scan for open ports and then use a real SSH vulnerability to get into the servers.

This instance is in the Dr Who Confidential television show; this is a shot behind the scenes of the Dr Who program showing computers running the Ubuntu distribution.

Ubuntu on the Dr Who set!
Ubuntu on the Dr Who set!

The UNIX based File System Navigator displayed in the Jurassic Park movie. This is actually a real file manager that was available on the UNIX platform. So this scene is a real depiction of computer usage.

UNIX FSN application in Jurassic Park.
UNIX FSN application in Jurassic Park.

The TRON Legacy movie showed correct usage of the ps -ef and kill -9 commands to stop a rogue process on a server.

TRON Legacy UNIX commands.
TRON Legacy UNIX commands.

Here is the KDE theme that Matthew Farrel was running on his computer in the movie Die Hard 4.0. He is using the Nmap port scanning application to look for vulnerable ports in the target machine.

KDE with Emerald in the movie Die Hard 4.0.
KDE with Emerald in the movie Die Hard 4.0.

Download this theme for Emerald here: http://kde-look.org/content/show.php/Die+Hard+4.0+-+Matthew+Farrel’s+theme+(E?content=66714.

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