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Madera, California replaces its Cisco gear with the Debian GNU/Linux operating system.

"Madera [0], California replaces [1] its Cisco gear with the Debian
GNU/Linux operating system [2]."

"The city of Madera, Calif., has spent the last year successfully
running an open-source-based network as a replacement for one based on
Cisco Systems Inc. [4] gear."

"Given his success, (Paul) Wheeler urged other IT managers, especially
those in municipal government, to embrace open source. And he said he
believes it can work well in networks that are bigger than Madera's."

""I can't imagine people in IT not going to open source," he said in a
recent interview. "It's a disruptive technology, sure ... but it can
provide scalability and ease of administration.""

"Wheeler said he agrees that open source in networking is a "relatively
recent phenomenon" and has not been more accepted because it is "not as
mature [as other types of open-source offerings] and people don't know
as much about it."

But Wheeler said Madera's open-source systems "are working without a
hiccup." And, noting that open-source systems are "stable, solid and
extremely inexpensive," he urged taxpayers to ask their government
leaders if they are deploying much open source. [3]"

[0] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madera%2C_California
[1] http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,135079-pg,1/article.html
[2] http://www.debian.org
[4] http://www.cisco.com/

Andre Felipe Machado

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