Plovdiv is a province in Bulgaria which you may have never heard of. However, something out of the ordinary is going on there, literally exemplifying the limits of open source usage in Government offices. The Military Prosecutor’s office in Plovdiv uses a combined solution of Debian and Ubuntu along with other open source software for all their computing needs.
The authority at the Military prosecutor’s office ensures that IT admins are well-versed in using open source solutions and even open source programming and configuration tools like Bash, Python and PHP. Most devices run Debian. Web services are a mix of Apache, Lighttpd and Ngix web servers on Debian hosts. The IT department uses similar hosts for routing and provisioning network services. To take it further, backup and replication services, which are different customized services developed in-house, are hosted on Debian systems too. Internal multimedia files are hosted using Getstream, Icecast and played using the popular media player VLC running on some Ubuntu hosts as well.
Gijs Hillenius of Joinup writes, “Open source solutions are used in all parts of the organisation at the Military Prosecutor’s office in the Bulgarian province of Plovdiv. The public administration’s IT staff by default uses the Debian and Ubuntu free software distributions, which has found its way to all kinds of computing devices, large and tiny. The use of these solutions helps the organisation save thousands of euro.”
Ubuntu running on some of the systems is also a common operating system besides Debian. The employees are free to choose between OpenOffice and LibreOffice. Moreover, they also use client workstations and many smaller devices based on boards running x86/x86_64, Raspberry Pi, CubieTruck and PicoIP some of which are used for access control services and others for surveillance.