O Serviço Federal de Processamento de Dados «SERPRO» a empresa de TI detida pelo governo Brasileiro, escolheu a distro Debian GNU/Linux para as centenas de servidores que usa.
O interessante para além deste enorme uso de servidores correndo Debian é a existência de clausulas para concursos, que requerem compatibilidade com a Debian GNU/Linux.
As diversas razões da escolha, foram, indepedência do fornecedor, flexibilidade, agilidade e a participaçao directa em soluções técnicas com a comunidade Debian.
The Servico Federal de Processamento de Dados (SERPRO), (a US$ 1 billion annual revenue Brazilian government owned IT enterprise), announced during the Debian Day Brasil 2008 Porto Alegre that it has selected Debian GNU/Linux as the preferred distribution for its hundreds of GNU/Linux development and production servers. Future SERPRO tenders and public hearings will include clauses requiring Debian GNU/Linux compatibility.
Recent SERPRO tenders have already encouraged participation by small FLOSS regional companies, as well as Debian support services.
The SERPRO board decided that Debian GNU/Linux is more suitable for its new corporate goals. SERPRO has decided to increase supplier independence, flexibility, agility, and participation in technical solutions by direct interaction with the Debian Project community. This is the first time that a federal government institution of this size has reached out to the Debian Project community for a closer relationship. The Debian Project will keep its institutional partners collaboration channel available for other government agencies who want to consider a similar relationship.