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EC’s IDABC Unit to Publish Debian-based GNU/Linux

The European Commission’s IDABC unit responsible for the Open Source Software Observatory and Repository (OSOR) will publish it’s own derivative of Debian GNU/Linux to provide organisations with an easy way to create blogs and forums, the unit announced on Friday.

A beta version of the distribution, called Fpfis (Flexible Platform for Internal Services) will be made available soon on the OSOR-website.

Fpfis was built by Digit, the Commission’s data centre in Luxembourg, so that the webmasters of the Commission could respond to requests for modern Internet tools, avoiding the development of multiple applications for similar tasks. The system is being used to offer some of the European Commissioners their own blogs. Fpfis is also used for several forums on European policy issues.

“Open Source Software can be downloaded and used without the need for a public tendering procedure”, explained Karel De Vriendt, head of the IDABC unit. “By using Open Source, our IT professionals can quickly respond to the wish of the Commission to use Web 2.0 technologies to interact with Europe’s citizens.”

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