ISS with Linux

ISS with Linux


The Linux Foundation Training prepares the International Space Station - ISS for a Linux migration in replace of the old Windows machines used today; they migrated key functions from Windows to Linux because they needed an operating system that was stable and reliable, one that would give them in-house control, so if they needed to patch, adjust or adapt, they could do it.

It’s hard to get tech support 400 kilometers away from the Earth, which is why Keith Chuvala of United Space Alliance, a NASA contractor deeply involved in Space Shuttle and International Space Station operations, decided to migrate to Linux.

As leader of the Laptops and Network Integration Teams, Chuvala oversees the developers in charge of writing and integrating software for the Station’s OpsLAN, a network of laptops that provide the ISS crew with vital capabilities for day-to-day operations, from telling the astronauts where they are, to inventory control of the equipment used, to interfacing with the cameras that capture photos and videos.

  • Expert training produces seamless Linux migration: With a goal of getting his team up to speed on developing applications in Linux, Chuvala was looking for solid training that would address various skill levels.

  • Flexible, distribution-flexible training delivers excellent value: When searching for a Linux training resource, Chuvala performed a trade study and identified a primary goal of securing a training partner who could speak with authority, provide a strong curriculum, and offer flexibility in how to deliver the class.

  • Mastering Linux to support laptops and the world’s first Robonaut: At the ISS, our constellation of users maxes out at six, all with very specific requirements and duties. To manage all of the astronaut’s needs Chuvala was looking for newer, more robust enterprise support, which was achieved by moving from a Scientific Linux distribution to Debian 6.

ISS with Linux

Not surprisingly, coming from someone whose customers are in outer space, Chuvala believes that one of the greatest lessons learned during training came when Duval presented Linux from a global perspective.

Things really clicked after we came to understand how Linux views the world, the interconnectedness of how one thing affects another. You need that worldview. I have quite a bit of Linux experience, but to see others who were really getting it, that was exciting.


We migrated key functions from Windows to Linux because we needed an operating system that was stable and reliable. Linux Foundation Training prepares the ISS for Linux migration

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