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    Brazilian government owned IT enterprise SERPRO selects Debian GNU/Linux for its servers and wishes to collaborate

    contributed by andremachado, published on Mon Sep 8 15:04:38 2008 in success-stories

    Brazilian government owned IT enterprise SERPRO selects Debian GNU/Linux for its servers and wishes to collaborate

    The Servico Federal de Processamento de Dados (SERPRO), (a US$ 1 billion annual revenue Brazilian government owned IT enterprise), announced during the Debian Day Brasil 2008 Porto Alegre that it has selected Debian GNU/Linux as the preferred distribution for its hundreds of GNU/Linux development and production servers. Future SERPRO tenders and public hearings will include clauses requiring Debian GNU/Linux compatibility. Recent SERPRO tenders have already encouraged participation by small FLOSS regional companies, as well as Debian support services.

    The SERPRO board decided that Debian GNU/Linux is more suitable for its new corporate goals. SERPRO has decided to increase supplier independence, flexibility, agility, and participation in technical solutions by direct interaction with the Debian Project community. This is the first time that a federal government institution of this size has reached out to the Debian Project community for a closer relationship. The Debian Project will keep its institutional partners collaboration channel available for other government agencies who want to consider a similar relationship.

    During a discussion panel with the LUG Debian RS (mediated by the Associacao Software Livre at Debian Day Porto Alegre) SERPRO heard suggestions on how to encourage the participation of key employees, avoid internal forks of FLOSS projects, and modify its internal culture to relax tight project controls. These will increase collaboration with, and gain the respect of, the community for mutual benefit, improving communications, and so lead to better operational performance.

    SERPRO has created a FLOSS Strategic Coordinator (CESOL), in part to assist co-operation between FLOSS communities and other federal government agencies, using the federal government committee for FLOSS implantation (CISL) website and meetings. SERPRO and other Brazilian government agencies have already started to release some code as free software.

    SERPRO is evolving its internal culture to the values of FLOSS through the creation of a corporate internal Wiki, Gforge, introducing regional FLOSS committees, increasing management awareness at all levels, opening code, and supporting FLOSS events. Debian Day Brasil 2008 was supported by SERPRO and a number of other companies.

    About SERPRO

    The Servico Federal de Processamento de Dados (SERPRO) is a US$ 1 billion annual revenue Brazilian government owned IT enterprise for other government agencies.

    It has 43 years experience of development and production, 10,000+ employees, and manages a nationwide network infrastructure of tens of thousands machines, from handhelds to mainframes, clusters and grids, at or for many Brazilian government agencies.

    About the Debian Project

    Debian GNU/Linux is one of the free libre operating systems, with a broad list of officially maintained packages on 15 hardware platforms, from cell phones to mainframes, developed by more than two thousand volunteers from all over the world who collaborate on the Debian Project.

    The Debian Project's key strengths are its volunteer base, its dedication to Free Libre Open Source Software, to the Debian Social Contract and the non-profit nature Debian Constitution, its open and meritocratic development model, its organization and social governance and its commitment to provide the best operating systems attainable, following a strict quality policy, working with an established QA Team and helpful users reporting bugs, suggestions, exchanging ideas, solutions, and registering experiences during its history.

    One can help Debian Project joining it or even not being a programmer, or being a development and or service partner company or institution at the Debian Partner Program, or simply making various donations to the Debian Project.

    Debian Project news, press releases and press coverage can be found from the official Debian wiki page. PR contact at debian-publicity list.

    Debian GNU Linux powers Max Planck Institute 32.8 TFlops supercomputer

    contributed by andremachado, published on Wed Jun 11 23:48:45 2008 in success-stories

    Debian GNU/Linux powers Max Planck Institute 32.8 TFlops supercomputer

    A team of scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics have created Germany's 4th largest supercomputer by using Debian GNU/Linux.

    The Observational Relativity and Cosmology Research Group is a team of scientists working at the Hannover Branch of the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute) in Hannover, Germany. Their goal is the direct detection of gravitational waves, which were first predicted by Albert Einstein. They are working with the friends and colleagues within the LIGO Scientific Community and VIRGO.

    The massive computing effort necessary for this research is provided by a Debian GNU / Linux cluster of 1342 nodes called ATLAS. Using 10+ TB RAM, approximately 1.3 PB storage and a special network able to transfer almost 4 days worth of DVD movies each second, the cluster achieves a measured performance of 32.8 TFlops. This performance places the ATLAS Debian GNU / Linux supercomputer at 4th place in Germany, 11th in Europe and 34th worldwide, at a cost of EUR 1.8m (~ US$ 2.8m).

    The ATLAS Debian GNU / Linux cluster was designed, built and has been managed by Dr Henning Fehrmann and Dr Carsten Aulbert, who have been using Debian GNU / Linux for years.

    ATLAS has smaller brother and sister systems in Potsdam, Germany: "Merlin" (1.3 Tflops) and "Morgane" (6 TFlops) -- also running Debian GNU / Linux and managed by Dr. Steffen Grunewald for many years; "the experience with them had been very, very good", according to Dr. Aulbert.

    "Thomas Lange's FAI package is extremely useful for automatic deployment of Debian [GNU / Linux]. For example, without much tweaking and using only two hosts, we were able to reinstall the cluster in about 2.5 hours and were only limited by those two servers' network connection.", said Dr. Aulbert. Dr. Grunewald added, "FAI with its class model was a major breakthrough, in readability, functionality, and maintainability. There's no way back now."

    Beyond FAI, there are other useful tools for massive scale installation, deployment and management of Debian GNU / Linux machines for various scenarios. "Debian features an extremely large set of packages, making it THE distro of choice for keeping us out of the hassle to package needed software ourselves", said Dr. Aulbert.

    As additional benefits of using Debian GNU / Linux, he cited:

    * the simplicity of creating own packages

    * how repositories can be set-up easily (using the reprepro package)

    * using clean build environments ( pbuilder and similar packages)

    * and, of course, the superb packaging infrastructure in general ( dpkg, apt, aptitude, synaptic and many useful APT tools)

    By using Debian GNU / Linux at its clusters, the Observational Relativity and Cosmology Research Group reduced the amount of work needed on the hardware and software infrastructure, compared to other scientific clusters running on other distributions, allowing them to focus on their objective of detecting gravitational waves.

    About the ATLAS cluster

    The ATLAS cluster, linpack measured 32.8 TFlops and a theoretical peak of about 50 TFlops, consists of 1342 Supermicro computer nodes ( Intel Xeon 3220 quad-cores 2,4 GHz, 8 GB RAM, 500 GB Hitachi HDD, IPMI remote management) along with 31 data servers (2x Intel Xeon E5345 2,33 GHz, 16 GB RAM, Areca 1261ML, 16x750 GB Hitachi HDD) plus 4 similar head nodes with 4 x 750 GB HDD. Those are all running Debian GNU / Linux 4.0 Etch with a few modifications like custom kernel and Condor queuing system. Additional storage space is supplied by 13 Sun Fire X4500 running Solaris 10. The system was built from off-the-shelf computers from a German company, Pyramid Computer GmbH.

    One of the many special hardware components they have is the network from Woven Systems which is a hierarchical fully non-blocking network. The EFX 1000 core switch features 144 10 Gb/s CX4 ports and connects currently to 32 TRX100 edge switches which feature 48 1 Gb/s ports and 4x10 Gb/s uplinks, reaching 2880 Gb/s. Also their Sun Fire X4500 are directly connected to the core switch.

    According to Dr. Grunewald, the Merlin Debian GNU / Linux Beowulf 180 nodes cluster (launched in 2002) initially ran on a rpm based distribution, but in 2004 migrated to Debian GNU / Linux after the rpm distro vendor changed its licensing model. The total computing power of the 360 CPU cores has been estimated to be more than 1.3 Tflops peak; the data storage capacity is about 20 TB mirrored.

    The Morgane Debian GNU / Linux Beowulf cluster, consisting of 615 compute nodes, 15 storage nodes, and some head nodes, launched in December 2006. The total computing power of the 1230 CPU cores has been estimated to be more than 6 Tflops peak, the data storage capacity is about 100 TB.

    About the Debian Project

    Debian GNU / Linux is one of the free libre operating systems (GNU/Linux, GNU/Hurd, GNU/NetBSD, GNU/kFreeBSD), running 18733+ officially maintained packages on platforms, from cell phones and network devices to mainframes and supercomputers, developed by more than two thousand volunteers from all over the world who collaborate via the internet on the Debian Project.

    Debian's dedication to Free Libre Open Source Software, its constitutional non-profit nature, its open and meritocratic development model, organization and social governance make it a first among free libre operating system distributions.

    The Debian project's key strengths are its volunteer base, its dedication to the Debian Social Contract and the Debian Constitution, and its commitment to provide the best operating systems attainable, following a strict quality policy, working with an established QA Team and helpful users reporting bugs, suggestions, exchanging ideas, and registering experiences.

    You can help Debian Project without joining it and even not being a programmer, or being a development and or service partner company or institution at the Debian Partner Program, or simply making various donations to the Debian Project.

    Debian Project news, press releases and press coverage can be found from the official Debian wiki page. PR contact at debian-publicity list.

    Debian GNU Linux SuiteTelecentro: millions of users for the digital society every year

    contributed by andremachado, published on Sun May 11 21:24:45 2008 in success-stories

    Debian GNU/Linux SuiteTelecentro: millions of users for the digital society every year

    The Brazilian Debian GNU / Linux SuiteTelecentro is a custom solution which is currently being deployed in the Digital Inclusion Program of Banco do Brasil. SuiteTelecentro is used in approximately 2000 telecentres and computer rooms. The Program is all across Brazil through various partners such as local communities and Non Governmental Organizations. The Program is already active at 953 cities, with more than 40,000 donated computers, 2,900 instructors trained, and more than 4 millions low-income users who benefit from the Debian GNU / Linux SuiteTelecentro and Digital Inclusion Program of Banco do Brasil each and every year.

    With 668,000 total downloads at its Brazilian development site on Codigo Livre, the customized Debian GNU / Linux SuiteTelecentro is in the top 5 among the 1952 projects hosted.

    The SuiteTelecentro, for use at telecentres, allows for the utilisation of older, lower performance computer hardware as terminals for LTSP servers. Through this technology, a telecentre needs only a single machine with a more up-to-date processor and more memory, where all software will be executed. The less capable ones act only as graphical interfaces.

    Gilson Jardim, Issamo Kisaka and members of Free Software Digital Inclusion Team, Banco do Brasil IT Board, stated in an interview to Debian Times that the SuiteTelecentro project chose Debian GNU / Linux as its foundation because of the Debian Project commitment to Free Libre Software, and the documentation quality that allows easy customization of the Debian Installer. The main advantages of using Debian GNU / Linux for SuiteTelecentro are the easy system, packages and services installation; easy upgrade and configuration; and the inherent stability and security of the system.

    The latest stable version contains the KDE graphical environment which runs over LTSP. The user remotely executes the office suite OpenOffice.org, the Firefox web browser and the Gimp (GNU Image Manipulation Program).

    The SuiteTelecentro also includes the telecentre management software Ocara and its dependencies ( Apache, MySQL, PHP). Ocara was developed by the IT department of Banco do Brasil , which has already migrated 50,000 desktops and 15,000 ATMs to GNU / Linux; 90,000 OpenOffice.org installations.

    The latest stable version, 1.1-7, was developed on Debian GNU / Linux 3.1 Sarge. The next version 2.0 is upcoming. As of April 2008, the Beta 10-8 version is available for download. The new features over previous stable version are:

    • Based on Debian GNU / Linux 4.0 Etch operating system.
    • LTSP 4.2
    • Gnome graphical desktop environment
    • Simplified installation process
    • MediaWiki
    • The "menu_telecentro" script, with options to create boot diskettes, enable and configure remote terminals (video, mouse, swap configurations and reconfigurations), modify MySQL passwords.

    Links

    http://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suitetelecentro

    http://sourceforge.net/projects/suitetelecentro

    http://codigolivre.org.br/projects/suitetelecentro

    SuiteTelecentro website

    About the Debian Project

    Debian GNU / Linux is one of the free libre operating systems (GNU/Linux, GNU/Hurd, GNU/NetBSD, GNU/kFreeBSD), running 18733+ officially maintained packages on platforms, from cell phones and network devices to mainframes and supercomputers, developed by more than two thousand volunteers from all over the world who collaborate via the internet on the Debian Project.

    Debian's dedication to Free Libre Open Source Software, its constitutional non-profit nature, its open and meritocratic development model, organization and social governance make it a first among free libre operating system distributions.

    The Debian project's key strengths are its volunteer base, its dedication to the Debian Social Contract and the Debian Constitution, and its commitment to provide the best operating systems attainable, following a strict quality policy, working with an established QA Team and helpful users reporting bugs, suggestions, exchanging ideas, and registering experiences.

    You can help Debian Project without joining it and even not being a programmer, or being a development and or service partner company or institution at the Debian Partner Program, or simply making various donations to the Debian Project.

    Debian Project news, press releases and press coverage can be found from the official Debian wiki page. PR contact at debian-publicity list.

    Canadian British Columbia's School District opts for Debian GNU Linux

    contributed by andremachado, published on Sun May 4 14:24:45 2008 in success-stories

    Canadian British Columbia's School District #73 opts for Debian GNU / Linux

    Kamloops Thompson School District #73, British Columbia, Canada, with 55 elementary and secondary schools, chose a majority of open source software on Debian GNU / Linux as it is easier to maintain and in their experience offers better support.

    Dean Montgomery, network support technician and programmer for District #73, stated in an interview: "In 15 minutes I can update OpenOffice[.org] on thousands of diskless workstations. This beats ghosting [proprietary Operating Systems (OS)] hard drives."

    Having used other proprietary OS and Linux distributions before, in mid 2006 they moved over to Debian GNU / Linux because it is significantly easier to keep up-to-date.

    "We get better support with open source software: online wiki's, forums, mailing lists, etc, are much faster and better to get support than phoning up to [a proprietary OS company] and listening to someone read off answers from flash cards."

    Even older kids get their work done on Debian GNU / Linux. "Once the students see how much they can customize and tweak KDE desktop and play with Beryl 3D [(now Compiz-Fusion)] desktop, they like Debian GNU / Linux more than [proprietary OS]."

    "We give everyone FreeNX access to their Debian GNU / Linux desktop from home so they can get all the same programs without having to install [Debian GNU /] Linux at home."

    Montgomery believes a crucial aspect of migrating to Linux or open sourced based software is training. And that student kids learn faster than technicians, secretaries and librarians. "If you don't know how to do something in Linux - just ask the students," he advised.

    Read the complete interview at this page. Watch a sample video of Debian with Compiz-Fusion.

    About the Debian Project

    Debian GNU / Linux is one of the free libre operating systems ( GNU/Linux, GNU/Hurd, GNU/NetBSD, GNU/kFreeBSD), running 18733+ officially maintained packages on 15 hardware platforms, from cell phones and network devices to mainframes and supercomputers, developed by more than two thousand volunteers from all over the world who collaborate via the internet on the Debian Project.

    Debian's dedication to Free Libre Open Source Software, its constitutional non-profit nature, its open and meritocratic development model, organization and social governance make it a first among free libre operating system distributions.

    The Debian project's key strengths are its volunteer base, its dedication to the Debian Social Contract and the Debian Constitution, and its commitment to provide the best operating systems attainable, following a strict quality policy, working with an established QA Team and helpful users reporting bugs, suggestions, exchanging ideas, and registering experiences.

    You can help Debian Project without joining it and even not being a programmer, or being a development and or service partner company or institution at the Debian Partner Program, or simply making various donations to the Debian Project.

    Debian Project news, press releases and press coverage can be found from the official Debian wiki page. PR contact at debian-publicity list.

    PAGASA, PH, uses a Debian cluster for weather forecasts

    contributed by andremachado, published on Sun Mar 16 14:32:38 2008 in success-stories

    PAGASA, PH, uses a Debian cluster for weather forecasts instead of a costly proprietary supercomputer OS

    The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), Quezon City, PH, part of Philippine Department of Science and Technology (DOST) uses a Debian GNU / Linux eight off-the-shelf PC nodes cluster for weather forecasts running open-source and no-cost meteorological software, achieving better control of configuration, timely forecasts and accuracy.

    The Debian GNU / Linux cluster cost to deploy was only US$ 37000 and freed the department of a US$ 5000 monthly maintenance cost of previous proprietary software on its supercomputer.

    The Debian GNU / Linux cluster is part of the PAGASA Interactive Climate and Weather Information Network (PICWIN) developed by the Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI), who already launched its own version of Debian GNU / Linux, the Bayanihan Linux.

    Each 3 hours, PICWIN collects seven meteorological data of synoptic stations across the country and sends to the Debian GNU / Linux cluster through SMS.

    Each 6 hours, the Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD), the German Meteorological Office, sends meteorological data from several countries using the internet.

    Both massive sets of data covering a 5500 km by 5500 km square over country, divided into a three dimensional grid of 301 x 201 x 32 (LxWxH) blocks, are processed by the no-cost, for government agencies, High Resolution Model (HRM) software created by Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD) and by the open source MM5 meteorological softwares and generate weather forecasts every 12 hours.

    These programs were recompiled from sources with Intel Fortran Compiler (IFC), non-commercial version, and Intel C compilers (ICC), because of their support of Cray pointers, at Debian GNU / Linux machines for optimal performance.

    Parallelization is based on MPICH2 libraries using eight dual Xeon EM64T nodes connected by Gigabit ethernet.

    Alan Pineda, PAGASA Flood Forecasting Branch officer-in-charge, gave a first interview with more information and a second one with further details.

    As a sidenote, newest supercomputer clusters can run Debian GNU / Linux too.

    About PAGASA

    Mission

    The primary mission of PAGASA is to provide protection of life and property against natural hazards due to typhoons, floods, drought, giant waves, high seas, etc., to utilize scientific knowledge and information as an effective instrument to ensure the safety, well being, economic security and improve the quality of life of all the people and the environment; and to promote national progress and contribute to regional socio-economic development through various applications of meteorology, geophysics and space sciences (including astronomy).

    Vision

    PAGASA envisions itself to be the center of: Excellence in its distinctive competence in meteorology, operational hydrology, climatology, astronomy and other allied sciences; World-class capability in monitoring, analyses, forecasting and warning of tropical weather systems such as typhoons, monsoons, Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ).

    About the Debian Project

    Debian GNU / Linux is one of the free libre operating systems (GNU/Linux, GNU/Hurd, GNU/NetBSD, GNU/kFreeBSD), running 18733+ officially maintained packages on 15 hardware platforms, from cell phones and network devices to mainframes and supercomputers, developed by more than two thousand volunteers from all over the world who collaborate via the internet on the Debian Project.

    Debian's dedication to Free Libre Open Source Software, its constitutional non-profit nature, its open and meritocratic development model, organization and social governance make it a first among free libre operating system distributions.

    The Debian project's key strengths are its volunteer base, its dedication to the Debian Social Contract, and its commitment to provide the best operating systems attainable, following a strict quality policy, working with an established QA Team.

    You can help Debian Project without joining it and even not being a programmer, or being a development and or service partner company or institution at the Debian Partner Program, or simply making various donations to the Debian Project.

    Debian Project news, press releases and press coverage can be found from the official Debian wiki page. PR contact at debian-publicity list.

    Sanger Institute's Debian cluster with 320 TB Lustre FS of its 1.5 PB storage for genome sequencing

    contributed by andremachado, published on Mon Mar 10 15:03:38 2008 in success-stories

    Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK, uses a Debian cluster with 320 TB HP-SFS (Lustre) filesystem as part of its 1.5 PB storage for human genome sequencing

    Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Hinxton, South Cambridgeshire, UK, runs a 640+ cores Debian GNU / Linux cluster with 320 Terabytes of "live data", like a giant virtual memory swap partition, out of its 1.5 Petabytes of storage.

    Each of the 27 new technology robotic computerized genome sequencers generates 1 TB of image data each three days, at a 2 MB/s rate during a 3 day run.

    This amount of data needs to be "live" during the sequencing and initial analysis, and with the processing needs of the scientific software on the Debian GNU / Linux 640+ cores cluster, the "swap-like" storage needs to provide 320 TB of space using the HP-SFS Lustre filesystem.

    Antony Cox, PhD, the Head of Sequencing Informatics, and Phil Butcher, the Head of IT at the institute, gave an interview to The Guardian, presenting the Thousand Genome Project.

    The project aims to accurately sequence one thousand individual human genomes to map all of their differences in 0,5% or more of the population sampled, and identify the places involved in the interactions between multiple DNA bases that cause different conditions.

    Given that the human DNA has 3 billion bases, and each sampled base must be sequenced between 11 and 30 times to factor out measurement errors, this is one of the biggest computational biology efforts of today.

    The project is unique not only because of dealing with 1.5 PB of storage, but for keeping 320 TB of "swap-like storage" for fast comparisons and calculations.

    According to Butcher, genomics research is changing focus from the laboratory of glass tubes and moving to be more informatics focussed. The Sanger Institute started using Debian GNU / Linux when the world discovered how reliable and useful it can be. Now the institute has to compete with commercial organisations using Linux for system administrators able to manage large clusters with large-scale distributed filesystems.

    You may read the interview for more details.

    About the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute

    The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute is one of the world's largest centres for DNA sequencing and analysis. It made the largest single contribution to the sequence of the Human Genome Project, contributed approximately 25% of the mouse genome sequence, is finishing the zebrafish genome sequence as well as making contributions to other model organism sequences, such as yeasts and the nematode C. elegans. Institute researchers have also contributed to the sequence of more that 60 finished genomes of bacterial pathogens, such as Salmonella typhi, TB, MRSA and Cdiff, as well as parasites such as those causing malaria, African trypanosomiasis and Leishmaniasis.

    Investment in new- technology sequencing will dramatically increase the breadth and depth of genome analysis in humans, model organisms and pathogens.

    You can contact Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute press Team here.

    About the Debian Project

    Debian GNU / Linux is one of the free libre operating systems (GNU/Linux, GNU/Hurd, GNU/NetBSD, GNU/kFreeBSD), running 18733+ officially maintained packages on 15 hardware platforms, from cell phones and network devices to mainframes and supercomputers, developed by more than two thousand volunteers from all over the world who collaborate via the internet on the Debian Project.

    Debian's dedication to Free Libre Open Source Software, its constitutional non-profit nature, its open and meritocratic development model, organization and social governance make it a first among free libre operating system distributions.

    The Debian project's key strengths are its volunteer base, its dedication to the Debian Social Contract, and its commitment to provide the best operating systems attainable, following a strict quality policy, working with an established QA Team.

    You can help Debian Project without joining it and even not being a programmer, or being a development and or service partner company or institution at the Debian Partner Program, or simply making various donations to the Debian Project.

    Debian Project news, press releases and press coverage can be found from the official Debian wiki page. PR contact at debian-publicity list.

    Swiss canton Solothurn is migrating 2000 desktops to Debian GNU Linux

    contributed by andremachado, published on Thu Feb 28 12:32:52 2008 in success-stories

    The swiss canton Solothurn is migrating 2000 desktops to Debian GNU / Linux

    The IT adminstration of the swiss canton Solothurn will conclude the 2000 desktop migration to Debian GNU / Linux by the end of 2008.

    Kurt Bader, director of the Office for Computer Science and Organization (Amts fur Informatik und Organisation - AIO) in the canton Solothurn, presented the strategy for more economy, security and flexibility under GNU / Linux during the congress " Open Source Meets Business" in Nuremberg, DE, January 2008.

    The largest open source project in Switzerland runs "smoothly, the conversion is a complete success and a major step forward", summarizes Kurt Bader.

    The carefully planned three phase desktop migration, currently at around half way, started in 2006. According to Bader, 21 companies offered assistance, proposing several combinations of Open Source operating systems and applications, then narrowed to 3 offers and 3 prototypes for evaluation.

    The administration, in September 2006, decided to use the Debian GNU / Linux distribution, OpenOffice.org, Mozilla Firefox and the KDE collection of desktop applications, starting first phase, the deployment of the desktops.

    Now at the second phase, staff workers can access, through thin and fat clients, some applications that only run on Microsoft Windows®, which are hosted on a central server, without legacy data and applications conversions. In the third phase of the migration project, these Windows®-only legacy applications will be replaced by software that are able to run on more than one operating system.

    Among the decision factors as stability, security, virus immunity, flexibility, liberation of market constraints and objective savings, two arguments stood out:

    "The independence from suppliers and its business policy played an important role with our decision. Beyond that, the low cost of optimization was an important argument for the free operating system Debian GNU / Linux".

    In a 2000 desktops environment, the Debian GNU / Linux allowed 70% savings in costs.

    The desktop migration was resisted by the users fears against changes, as expected. "The substantial success factor is the direct communication with our coworkers", said Bader.

    All department representatives and or users were involved since the conceptual analysis. The applications, systems and support are evolving processes with the help of them.

    "A single day of training is enough to get started on the new desktop", he says. Also, the staff have a support infrastructure at disposal, like feedback meetings, intranet documents and FAQs and more channels will have to be created.

    The solution is based on internal GNU / Linux know-how, developed since 2001, when GNU / Linux servers were installed throughout the IT environment.

    The stability of the system and the potential savings helped to convince the government of the canton of Solothurn. It decided, in the autumn of 2007, to keep the current IT strategy without substantive changes, and continue for the next four to eight years to have validity.

    The central swiss government is being already formally questioned by local representatives about some planned migrations to proprietary systems, and the case of Solothurn will bring objective local data for analysis.

    More details at the original European Communities announcement.

    About Debian Project

    Debian GNU / Linux is one of the free libre operating systems (GNU/Linux, GNU/Hurd, GNU/NetBSD, GNU/kFreeBSD), developed by more than two thousand volunteers from all over the world who collaborate via the internet on the Debian Project.

    Debian's dedication to Free Libre Open Source Software, its constitutional non-profit nature, its open and meritocratic development model, organization and social governance make it a first among free libre operating system distributions.

    The Debian project's key strengths are its volunteer base, its dedication to the Debian Social Contract, and its commitment to provide the best operating systems attainable, following a strict quality policy, working with an established QA Team.

    You can help Debian Project without joining it and even not being a programmer, or being a development and or service partner company or institution at the Debian Partner Program, or simply making various donations to the Debian Project.

    Debian Project news, press releases and press coverage can be found from the official Debian wiki page.

    Ministry of Finance in the Republic of Macedonia uses Debian in its servers

    contributed by andremachado, published on Thu Feb 28 00:24:36 2008 in success-stories

    The Ministry of Finance in the Republic of Macedonia uses Debian GNU Linux in its servers

    Miroslav Jovanovic, former head of Macedonian Ministry of Finance IT department, gave an overview of the Open Source utilisation at desktops and servers during a conference organized by the United Nations Development Programme at the capital Skopje in 2007.

    The Ministry is the largest organisation in Macedonia using Open Source software, according to him.

    "The IT department has been using and developing Open Source solutions and open standards ever since 2001. The entire server infrastructure has been migrated to Open Source and all new IT services are based on Open Source solutions."

    The department maintains several Debian GNU / Linux servers that offer printer services, by using the CUPS Open Source printing manager. These servers also help sharing office documents in environments using Microsoft Windows, using the Samba Open Source file server.

    "These centralised servers offer better printer and resources utilisation and help to cut costs."

    Also, the solution allowed single sign on, Quality of Service management and analysis with more cost savings.

    At desktops, 170 out of 370 have open source software like office suite OpenOffice.org, web browser Mozilla Firefox and PDFCreator. The GNU / Linux operating system is used at two departments, IT and Treasury.

    GNU / Linux operating system is used at other servers, like web, intranet, proxy, web security and content filtering, antivirus, antispam, e-mail servers, groupware servers.

    GNU / Linux allowed use of open source virtualization software, bringing consolidation of servers, better resource utilisation, lower power consumption, easier administration and repair and recovery.

    Developing applications mostly with open source software, and some others ported to GNU / Linux, allowed the Ministry of Finance more vendor independence, better resource utilisation, open standards compliance and countrywide demand for FLOSS.

    "FLOSS provides opportunities in Europe for new businesses, a greater role in the wider information society and a business model that suits European SMEs".

    "By providing a skills development environment valued by employers and retaining a greater share of value addition locally, FLOSS can encourage the creation of SMEs and jobs."

    More details at the original European Communities announcement.

    About Debian Project

    Debian GNU / Linux is one of the free libre operating systems (GNU/Linux, GNU/Hurd, GNU/NetBSD, GNU/kFreeBSD), developed by more than two thousand volunteers from all over the world who collaborate via the internet on the Debian Project.

    Debian's dedication to Free Libre Open Source Software, its constitutional non-profit nature, its open and meritocratic development model, organization and social governance make it a first among free libre operating system distributions.

    The Debian project's key strengths are its volunteer base, its dedication to the Debian Social Contract, and its commitment to provide the best operating systems attainable, following a strict quality policy, working with an established QA Team.

    You can help Debian Project without joining it and even not being a programmer, or being a development and or service partner company or institution at the Debian Partner Program, or simply making various donations to the Debian Project.

    Debian Project news, press releases and press coverage can be found from the official Debian wiki page. PR contact at debian-publicity list.

    About Republic of Macedonia

    The Republic of Macedonia , often referred to as Macedonia, is a landlocked country on the Balkan peninsula in southeastern Europe.

    It was admitted to the United Nations in 1993 under the provisional reference "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia" (FYROM), pending resolution of a naming dispute with Greece.

    Debian Edu Skolelinux wins the Scandinavian Free Software Award

    contributed by andremachado, published on Thu Dec 20 10:44:36 2007 in success-stories

    Debian Edu / Skolelinux wins the Scandinavian Free Software Award

    The Free Software Foundation Europe announced that Debian-Edu / Skolelinux, an international project, is the winner of the first Free Software Scandinavian Award, during the Free Software Conference Scandinavia 2007, in Goteborg, Sweden, December 7th, 2007.

    "Debian-Edu / Skolelinux captures a big part of the Free Software spirit: sharing and reusing.

    By focusing on schools, Debian-Edu / Skolelinux makes sure students, who are tomorrow's computer users and decision makers, can grow up with the spirit of sharing, reusing and learning from family, friends and neighbours."

    "Debian-Edu / Skolelinux has combined dedicated work and important contributions with technical excellence and political skills."

    "The adoption of Debian-Edu / Skolelinux in many countries around the globe shows that the use of Free Software and open standards has spread in a very positive way."

    "The next milestone will be the merging different school distributions based on Debian. Starting this year, Debian-Edu / Skolelinux will be deployed in the spanish region of Extremadura, replacing and building on top of the successful GNU / Linex project, which has, at the moment, more than 250.000 users and 80.000 workstations in use at schools in Extremadura."

    "Both Debian-Edu / Skolelinux and the GNU / LinEx build upon Debian GNU / Linux and can enjoy the many benefits of building upon an easily extandable, well tested, and Free operating system."

    More information about the Scandinavian Free Software award can be found at the FSFE announcement.

    About Debian Edu / Skolelinux

    Debian-Edu / Skolelinux is a Custom Debian Distribution (CDD) from the international Debian-Edu project team, wich forms a complete tailored software solution for the needs of any educational institution or school.

    It is a ready-to-use computer operating system, allowing schools to forgo the need to piece together components.

    You can read more about Debian-Edu / Skolelinux here.

    About Debian

    Debian GNU/Linux is one of the free operating systems (GNU/Linux, GNU/Hurd, GNU/NetBSD, GNU/kFreeBSD), developed by more than a thousand volunteers from all over the world who collaborate via the Internet on the Debian Project.

    Debian's dedication to Free Software, its non-profit nature, and its open development model make it a first among GNU/Linux distributions.

    The Debian project's key strengths are its volunteer base, its dedication to the Debian Social Contract, and its commitment to provide the best operating system possible.

    About GNU / Linex

    The GNU / Linex is a Debian based GNU / Linux distribution produced by the Community of Extremadura (Spain). Well known in Linux circles in Spain, this veteran distribution has opened the Spanish public administration and schools to the Open Source / Free Software world.

    About Free Software Foundation Europe

    The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) is a non-profit and (in some countries) charitable non-governmental organization dedicated to Free Software as in freedom.

    Vision of Free Software

    Access to software determines who may participate in a digital society. Therefore, the freedoms to use, copy, modify and redistribute software -- as described in the Free Software definition -- are necessary to allow equal participation in the information age.

    The vision of Free Software is one of a stable basis for freedom in a digital world -- both in an economic and socio-ethical context. Free Software is one important cornerstone for freedom, democracy, Human rights and development in a digital society.

    The FSFE is dedicated to supporting all aspects of Free Software in Europe. Creating awareness for these issues, securing Free Software politically and legally, and giving people freedom by supporting development of Free Software are central issues of the FSFE.

    World s first OLPC mass deployment uses Debian GNU Linux as its backend server

    contributed by andremachado, published on Sat Dec 15 01:57:37 2007 in success-stories

    Ivan Krstić, the director of security architecture of the One Laptop per Child (OLPC), was the one in charge of making fixes for things surely work at the world's first mass deployment of the OLPC at schools of Uruguay.

    He reported that Debian was used at this deployment:

    "IBM won the server bid, providing x3105-series tower servers. These are dual-core 1.8GHz Opteron 1210 machines with 2GB RAM and two 160GB SATA drives. Much to my joy, they are running Debian 4.0 “Etch”, and providing DHCP, Dansguardian-filtered web access, and various monitoring services."

    The Debian Project is proud of participating at this historic moment with its GNU / Linux operational system port.

    The inclusion of the impovered children into the digital era is aligned with the Debian Project ethos, Social Contract, and Debian Free Software Guidelines.

    About Debian

    Debian GNU/Linux is one of the free operating systems (GNU/Linux, GNU/Hurd, GNU/NetBSD, GNU/kFreeBSD), developed by more than a thousand volunteers from all over the world who collaborate via the Internet at the Debian Project website.

    Debian's dedication to Free Software, its non-profit nature, and its open development model make it unique among GNU/Linux distributions.

    The Debian project's key strengths are its volunteer base, its dedication to the Debian Social Contract, and its commitment to provide the best operating system possible.

    Ministry of Education from Brazil is buying 3000 Debian GNU Linux computers with four multimedia terminals.

    contributed by andremachado, published on Sun Dec 9 17:17:36 2007 in success-stories

    The Ministry of Education from Brazil is buying more 3000 Debian GNU / Linux computers , with four multimedia terminals and compatible printers for installing at 3000 rural schools, with 36 months contractual support. This next bidding adds up to the previous 90000 Debian GNU / Linux computers, network and printers.

    At november 30th, 2007, the brazilian Ministry of Education used the government official virtual trading room site , ComprasNet, to call for offers from pre-qualified vendors.

    The bidding 51/2007 process 23034.003003/2007-98 of FUNDO NACIONAL DE DESENVOLVIMENTO DA EDUCACAO - FNDE, MINISTERIO DA EDUCACAO, BRASIL, will require fully Debian 4.0 Etch compatible multimedia multiterminal CPUs fully demonstrated by tests with official Debian 4.0 installation disks (or the Ministry customized Debian available at its ) as the previous bidding 45/2007.

    The four multimedia terminal solution will be installed at 3000 rural schools at various regions of Brasil.

    The official site to obtain the 78 page detailed government edictal is ComprasNet.

    You will need the "Cod UASG = 153173" and "publishing date = 8 November 2007" with the navigation at Acesso Livre > Aviso Licitacoes > Select "todas modalidades".

    About Debian

    Debian GNU/Linux is one of the four (GNU/Linux, GNU/Hurd, GNU/NetBSD, GNU/kFreeBSD) free operating systems, developed by more than a thousand volunteers from all over the world who collaborate via the Internet at the Debian Project website.

    Debian's dedication to Free Software, its non-profit nature, and its open development model make it unique among GNU/Linux distributions.

    The Debian project's key strengths are its volunteer base, its dedication to the Debian Social Contract, and its commitment to provide the best operating system possible.

    Ministry of Education from Brazil is buying 90,000 Debian GNU Linux computers, with compatible wireless cards, wireless routers, laser printers.

    contributed by andremachado, published on Wed Nov 21 00:03:38 2007 in success-stories

    At October 22nd, 2007, the Ministry of Education from Brazil executed a bidding, using its government virtual trading room, for the aquisition of 90 thousand computers with Debian GNU / Linux 4 pre-installed (item 3.2.1.23 of the edictal) as well as wireless cards, wireless routers, laser printers, all Debian GNU / Linux 4 compatible.

    All computers will be installed at 9000 brazilian schools.

    The fully working Debian GNU / Linux 4 installed may be lightly customized (pre-configurations and specified applications) for the equipments, or an already customized Debian GNU / Linux available at the Ministry site could be used .

    The total compatibility with Debian GNU / Linux 4 must be proven, tested and demonstrated, through a test using some blank hard-disk machines delivered to the Ministry of Education.

    The winners will made available a customized Debian GNU / Linux 4 image with the desktop applications specified.

    The bidding 452007 process 23034.040575/2007-58 of FUNDO NACIONAL DE DESENVOLVIMENTO DA EDUCACAO - FNDE, MINISTERIO DA EDUCACAO, BRASIL, is not finished yet, as the initial winners will have to go through a series of steps to ensure and prove that meet strict compliance to all conditions of the 103 page detailed edictal and it can take months.

    Other companies who took part in the bidding could still appeal from the decisions and this could take even longer.

    The bidding 452007 could be tracked at the brazilian government bidding site ComprasNet using the following navigation sequence:

    ComprasNet > Acesso Livre > "Consulta ata" > select "Pregao Eletronico", Select "Situacao = todas", select "Cod. UASG = 153173 > 452007

    About Debian

    Debian GNU/Linux is a free operating system, developed by more than a thousand volunteers from all over the world who collaborate via the Internet.

    Debian's dedication to Free Software, its non-profit nature, and its open development model make it unique among GNU/Linux distributions.

    The Debian project's key strengths are its volunteer base, its dedication to the Debian Social Contract, and its commitment to provide the best operating system possible.

    Second Life powered by Debian

    published on Tue Mar 6 21:21:46 2007 in news, success-stories

    Linden Lab, the creators of the Second Life MMORPG (wich grows subscription base 20% monthly), chose Debian GNU/Linux because of its massive horizontal scalability (in March 2007 there were 2000 servers, expected to grow up to 10000 servers) and easy manageability, allowing a small IT staff. They already opened the source of the game clientand ported it to Linux.

    Supporting Debian makes sense, commercially speaking.

    published on Fri Feb 23 18:34:45 2007 in news, success-stories

    According to Jeffrey Wade, worldwide open source marketing manager at HP, supporting Debian for its Proliant and Blade Systems servers was a surprising commercial success: $25 million in hardware sales for 2006 in EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) were directly related to HP starting to offer official support for Debian sarge.

    In the same article on InternetNews, Wade also assured that official support for Debian etch will be forthcoming soon after the latters release.

    HPs Debian/ProLiant support active

    published on Wed Nov 29 11:19:25 2006 in news, success-stories

    As announced in August, HP has now gone live with support for ProLiant. More information is available at http://hp.com/go/debian.

    Debian welcomes HP's support

    published on Tue Aug 15 17:01:48 2006 in news, success-stories

    HP announced that it has increased Linux distribution support options for customers and expanded its portfolio to include support for Debian GNU/Linux. The company also introduced integrated open source middleware offerings for its channel partners. The support is offered for a range of its BladeSystem server hardware as well as the new t5725 Thin Client hardware.

    "With Debian, just like with Red Hat and Novell/SUSE, we'll be taking real calls from real customers to address their support needs", Jeffrey Wade, worldwide marketing manager of open source and Linux at HP told internetnews.com.

    Support for the Debian GNU/Linux distribution has been available from various vendors on a case per case basis for a number of years yet. "I find it really pleasing that companies are doing support for Debian not because we've negotiated with them, but because customers are asking for it." said Debian Project Leader Anthony Towns.

    Debian GNU/Linux adopted in the Extremadura

    published on Thu Aug 3 17:28:30 2006 in news, success-stories

    The councillor for Infrastructure and Technological Development, Luis Millán Vázquez de Miguel, announced that within one year all the computers of the Junta of Extremadura (government of the autonomous region of Extremadura, Spain) will run Free Software office tools and gnuLinEx, the local flavour of Debian GNU/Linux 3.1, as mandatory operating system. It will be gradually introduced to all administrative organisations of the Junta of Extremadura.

    From now on, all workers of the public administration will also use Open Document Formats (ISO/IEC DIS 26300) for their office applications as well as PDF/A (Portable Document Format, ISO 19005-1:2005) for document exchange, when guaranteed unalterable visualisation is required.

    Vázquez de Miguel explained that at the end of the period all additional software must be distributed under a free license. "This is an important initiative that the Junta of Extremadura has been working on for a long time, accumulating experience and analysing the impact on our organisation so as to guarantee its success", the councillor declared. According to Vázquez de Miguel, Free Software also improves security, autonomy and rationalises public spending.

    Using Open Document Formats will guarantee the conservation of all the administrative documents for longer periods of time. It will also improve the relationship with the general public since it's not obliged to acquire proprietary software to access official documents.

    About Extremadura

    Extremadura is an autonomous region in the West of Spain, with a population of about 1 million. It is well known due to its innovative efforts to bring the information society to all citizens, recognised with distinctions such as the 2004 European prize for regional innovation, granted by the European Commission.

    About gnuLinEx

    gnuLinEx is based on Debian GNU/Linux 3.1, with GNOME as the default desktop. In 2004, it was already deployed in all public schools in Extremadura, and was in use in other environments, such as community centres. gnuLinEx closely follows the development of Debian, with a special focus on translation into Spanish, and easy of use and maintenance.

    About Debian

    Debian GNU/Linux is a free operating system, developed by more than a thousand volunteers from all over the world who collaborate via the Internet. Debian's dedication to Free Software, its non-profit nature, and its open development model make it unique among GNU/Linux distributions.

    The Debian project's key strengths are its volunteer base, its dedication to the Debian Social Contract, and its commitment to provide the best operating system possible.