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 (ISS) 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.
Developer Andi Shyti Shares His Experience With Linux Foundation Training
Andi Shyti, Software Developer at Nokia, discusses his experience taking The Linux Foundation's Linux Kernel Internals and Debugging (LF320) course. Shyti tells you what he enjoyed most about the course, his experience with Linux Foundation instructors and why he recommends the Linux training from The Linux Foundation.
The shift from feature phones to smart phones has hit every corner of the technology industry. Broadcom is no exception. Their Cellular SoC group has made the transition from supporting proprietary operating systems to the wildly popular Android operating system. As part of this transition, Broadcom needed to re-train software engineers in their Cellular SoC group to support Linux and Android. They turned to the Linux Foundation to provide customized, in-house training services to get their engineers up to speed on Linux quickly, efficiently and with low costs.
Peter Senna Tschudin is both an authoritative teacher and an eager student. Working as a consultant implementing and developing free software for the Brazilian government, he’s required to have a vast knowledge of the technical intricacies of the Linux OS, including Kernel internals. Linux Foundation training has become Tschudin’s go-to resource for satisfying his insatiable desire to dive deep into the technology, which ultimately adds value to his clients. That’s why he’s a frequent training participant, an avid conference-goer, and an all-around fan of the Linux Foundation.
Many of today’s forward-thinking businesses are preparing to adopt Internet Protocol version 6, so they can bring new levels of continuity, reliability, and innovation to their organizations. But for companies like Compunetix, which delivers audio conferencing solutions to military agencies, IPv6 isn’t only an opportunity for growth, it’s a U.S. Department of Defense mandate.
“IPv6 is increasingly important in many industries—especially ours,” says Ferhat Cakrak, Software Development Team Manager at Compunetix. “But it’s not easy to implement in a proprietary OS.”
To adopt a less complicated approach, and in an effort to improve uptime, Compunetix has begun migrating their embedded systems to Carrier Grade Linux. “I’m confident our downtime will be minimized with Linux,” says Cakrak. “And since the contribution to the Linux OS is worldwide, bugs are fixed and discovered a lot faster than in traditional operating systems.”
Derald Woods is a 13-year engineering veteran who today works in software development, designing and supporting electronic vehicle controls for heavy equipment and trucks. Lately, his time is being used to work on an ARM9-based embedded Linux solution that involves NTSC/PAL video CSI input, V4L2 overlay, and graphics provided by an SDL implementation. This work lead him to The Linux Foundation's "Embedded Linux: A Crash Course" to dig in deeper and build upon his existing knowledge in this area.
"I have had embedded Linux training from other sources, but this was an opportunity to ask questions and discuss some approaches that I have taken in the process of maintaining my own embedded Linux environment. It was good that the other class participants were also experienced Linux developers...."
Open Compliance Training Helps Set-Top-Box Manufacturer Altech UEC leverage Free and Open Source Software
Altech UEC is a leading developer of innovative solutions for the converged home and specialises in the provision of integrated systems comprising specialised gateway devices supported by innovative software solutions and delivered and supported by a global logistical support network for the supply of STBs. Altech UEC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Altech (Allied Technologies Limited, Johannesburg Securities Exchange “ALT”). Altech is a leading South African multi-billion rand high-technology group involved in the design, development, convergence, manufacture, installation and distribution of telecommunications equipment, multimedia systems, IT solutions, electronic components, cellular telephony and industrial electronic products.
Opticial transport system manufacturer Optelian is thriving, thanks in part to the company’s ability to make the most of two trends: smart phones and the rise of Linux as an embedded OS.
Optelian designs and manufacturers optical transport systems that send data across optical fiber. That means they sell equipment to North America’s largest telecom carriers to provide network backbone. With more than 3,500 systems and 90,000 wavelengths installed, Optelian is known industry-wide for its exceptional product quality, speed of delivery, superior customer support and custom-design capabilities. iPhones, iPads and Android-powered phones (powered by Linux) are driving demand for this networking infrastructure. In short, times are very good for Optelian.