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[DRAFT FOR REVIEW] Macedonian Ministry of Finance uses Debian

Thanks to Joey Schulze who sent the original link, we have now an
attached draft for review for Debian Times.
Please, review and correct/improve it as soon as possible.
Andre Felipe Machado
"A Debian user never dies. Issues a last command:
shutdown -h now"
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
Category: success-stories
Contributor: andremachado
Type: html
draft: yes

<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 
 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 European Communities 2008 
<a href="http://ec.europa.eu/idabc/en/document/7370/469";>announcement</a>.

<h2>About Debian</h2>

<p>Debian GNU/Linux is one of the free operating systems
 (<a href="http://www.debian.org/ports/";>GNU/Linux, GNU/Hurd, GNU/NetBSD, GNU/kFreeBSD</a>),
 developed by more than a thousand and a half 
 <a href="http://www.debian.org/devel/people";>volunteers</a> from 
 <a href="http://www.debian.org/devel/developers.loc";>all over the world</a> who 
 <a href="http://www.debian.org/devel/";>collaborate</a> via the
 internet on the <a href="http://www.debian.org";>Debian Project</a>.</p>

<p>Debian's dedication to Free Software, its 
 <a href="http://www.debian.org/devel/constitution";>constitutional</a> 
 non-profit nature,  and its 
 <a href="http://vote.debian.org/";>open</a> and 
 <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meritocracy";>meritocratic</a> 
 development model, 
 <a href="http://www.debian.org/intro/organization";>organization</a> 
 and social 
 <a href="http://techforce.com.br/index.php/news/linux_blog/scientific_study_about_debian_governance_and_organization";>
 governance</a> make it 
 <a href="http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/project-history/";>a first</a> 
 among GNU/Linux distributions.</p>

<p>The Debian project's key strengths are 
<a href="http://www.debian.org/devel/";>its volunteer base</a>, 
 its dedication to the 
 <a href="http://www.debian.org/social_contract";>Debian Social Contract</a>, 
 and its <a href="http://wiki.debian.org/WhyDebianForDevelopers";>commitment</a> 
 to provide the best operating system possible, following a
 strict quality <a href="http://www.debian.org/doc/debian-policy";>policy</a>.

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