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Who's using Debian?

* Servicio Autonomo de Propiedad Intelectual, MILCO, Venezuela
* Government
* www.sapi.gob.ve
* Using exclusively Debian from 2004 in all services, migrating desktops on 2006, collaborating with the FS Community in Venezuela.

The Autonomous Service of Intellectual Property (SAPI) is a government
office at Venezuela which registers trademarks and invention patents in
the Country (SAPI doesn't accept patents on Software, nor
Hardware-Embedded Software, nor Live Beings) and generally works to
improve the people's quality of life through free knowledge diffusion.

In 2004, before the Presidential Decree on Free Software Use was
approved in Venezuela, SAPI started migrating their servers to
GNU/Linux. We decided to use Debian over several other options including
Gentoo, Red Hat/Fedora and Ubuntu because of the robustness, scalability
and general ease-of-use for the daily administration.

Servers migrated included HP ProLiant ML 110/350/570 servers, a Compaq
Alphaserver DS20 and several IBM ThinkCentre. Services provided include
external mail (supporting secure mail transactions and webmail),
transparent proxy, firewalls, IDS, web-apps pool, DNS, webserver,
databases server, SAN and several other applications. Currently SAPI is
starting the migration of 150 desktops (mostly IBM Thinkcentres and
Compaq Evo's) after a one-year term of Free Software use over
Proprietary Platforms (namely, OpenOffice.org and Mozilla solutions) and
one HP 9000 server running a 4GL-written program in Informix and a
Compaq 3000 holding a Directory.

SAPI is trying to payback at the Free Software Community by hosting the
servers for SOLVE (Software Libre Venezuela) several community events
(like the Caracas Trollparty 2006) and a mirror of Free Software
applications. Plan include a CD with Free Software for free selling in
the streets and the release of all systems in a Subversion server.

Feel free to reply me for cutting or modifying this descriptions,
Jose Parrella

José Parrella > en Debian Etch con Kernel 2.6.14
Escuela de Ingeniería Eléctrica - UCV
Servicio Autónomo de Propiedad Intelectual
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