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Rosario, Argentina, uses Debian GNU/Linux for its free municipal Wi-Fi

"Since week the coastal city of Rosario [0], home to about a million Argentinians, is among the growing club of cities with free municipal Wi-Fi access. [1]"

"While Buenos Aires is Argentina's largest city, the nice yet smaller city of Rosario in the Santa Fe province beat it in providing free wireless connectivity for its citizens and visitors, why? I can speculate that being a smaller city there was less political infighting and it allowed the city's IT team to operate "under the radar screen" of the various lobbying groups that would have otherwise stalled any real advance on the matter while trying to peddle their commercial kit and non-Free software." 

"One of the folks behind this project is is Federico Lazcano, an Electronics Engineer graduate from Rosario's UNR public university and who works at the IT management sector in the city's municipal government. 
He's a Linux user since the year 2000 -Debian GNU/Linux he remarks- and he points that they have used "Free Software exclusively" in Rosario's Wi-Fi roll-out, "from the access points to the main head-end router".

Lazcano shows the ingredients for this magic recipe: OpenWRT, OpenVPN, Wifidog and Debian GNU/Linux [2], among others."

[0] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosario
[1] http://www.theinquirer.net/default.aspx?article=41344
[2] http://www.debian.org

Andre Felipe Machado

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