[DRAFT FOR REVIEW] Macedonian Ministry of Finance uses Debian
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Subject: Ministry of Finance in the Republic of Macedonia uses Debian in its servers
Date: Wed, 20 Feb 2008 15:44:36 -0300
Short: Macedonian Ministry of Finance uses Debian
<h1>The Ministry of Finance in the Republic of Macedonia uses Debian GNU Linux in its servers</h1>
Miroslav Jovanovic, former head of Macedonian Ministry of Finance IT department,
gave an overview of the Open Source utilization 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
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 PDF creator. 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 and web security and content filtering, antivirus, antispam, e-mail
servers, groupware servers.
GNU / Linux allowed use of Xen virtualization software, bringing consolidation
of servers, better resource utilization, lower power consumption, easier
administration and repair and recovery.
Developing applications with mostly open source software, and some others
ported to GNU / Linux, allowed the Ministry of Finance more vendor independence,
better resource utilization, open standards compliance and countrywide demand
"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 European Communities 2008
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