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I've been stumbling upon this problem for quite sometime now.

What kind of Operating System (or what is it branching from (ex: Linux, Windows ...)) is Tony Stark using on his suite and Framework computer at the office when Pepper went to steal the data using the hacking dongle Tony gave her?

And what would that hacking dongle do, like coding wise?

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Huh? What OS? Maybe something he hacked together himself over a weekend, with this super-AI (was it called Jarvis?) that even has an own personality? Show me a Macbook that has that. –  Napoleon Wilson Sep 11 '12 at 8:18
    
Why would he need to use an OS? He has a speaking computer, I think he can make his own "OS" or whatever his suit needs to function. –  Alenanno Sep 11 '12 at 8:52
    
@ChristianRau The question isn't about Jarvis, it's about in the office. When Pepper goes in to get files. –  AlasdairCM Sep 11 '12 at 10:54
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Ah, now I get it. You mean his office computer in his suite instead of his workshop computer and his suit. Well ok, maybe that was even a normal OS, but still, who on earth cares? And what does this dongle do? Well, movie computer magic, I guess! But I haven't downvoted it anyway, since it is probably on-topic, even if baldly uninterresting (and probably unnanswerable) trivia. –  Napoleon Wilson Sep 11 '12 at 10:56
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Oh god the cringing that occurs whenever anything related to computers is shown in movies twitch –  TylerShads Sep 11 '12 at 12:21

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It's a fictional OS, designed by Philip Shtoll:

sample 1

sample 2

Not sure what the hacking dongle did exactly, but I guess it automatically accessed and downloaded certain files:

sample 3

(you can watch Philip Shtoll's work reel for the movie here)

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From the pictures, I'd say it's inspired by OS X. –  celtschk Sep 12 '12 at 12:53
    
Thanks for the answer, that was a great detailed answer :) –  Mohamed Sobhy Sep 19 '12 at 7:00
    
@celtschk sorry, but that's not even close to OSX,the use of sharp corners and minimalistic UI, clearly differs from your claim. Debian or Linux Mint is more suitable. –  Rosenthal Nov 10 at 2:00

I cannot exactly recall the scene but I would bet it is one that they have pretty much made up for the film. You could probably knock one up similar based on linux if you had the skills and inclination.

The hacking dongle would, most likely, do nothing for real. If you had a secure system it would not allow anything on the dongle to run without the admin password and the admin password would be strongly typed and closely guarded.

However, consider the fact that actual hacking is quite boring to watch. It is mainly a numbers game combined with some specialist knowledge. Not very cinematic.

Hence film makers have to find ways of making hacking scenes quick and obvious to viewers, that is probably what the dongle is doing. It is a plot device that keeps the story going.

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OSX or, if you want to use something very similar that is compatible on more types of computers .... I would say Debian 6 or Mint LMDE .... When Rhodey's suit reboots it looks VERY much like Debian linux.

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I would have given a link to support if this was my answer. –  Mistu4u Oct 26 '12 at 3:53

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