University to Migrate from Windows to Pardus GNU/Linux

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Adıyaman University in the city of Adıyaman, one of the newest universities in Turkey, is migrating to Pardus GNU/Linux for all of its administrative and laboratory computers.

More than a hundred computers have already been equipped with the Turkish Pardus GNU/Linux distribution. The first group using it is the university administration. The number of PCs running the open source system will quadruple in the first half of 2009 when all student laboratories will be migrated.

The open source operating system will be installed on all new PCs, explains Bülent Şener, responsible for the migration project. “We are now planning the migration from Microsoft Windows to GNU/Linux for all laboratory computers.” He says the university expects the migration will decrease IT administration costs and at the same time make management of the IT infrastructure easier.

According to Şener, the current economic crisis is making the university’s more determined to migrate to open source systems. “Why would we spend taxpayers money on poorly managed proprietary software if we can just as easy use Pardus, our own Turkish GNU/Linux distribution?”

The migration is not without problems. Several of the web sites used by the university administrators are not W3C compliant, says Şener, which sometimes results in the sites and web services not working correctly in the open source web browser Firefox. “The organisations offering these services have made themselves dependent on a particular technology or operating system, unintentionally blocking other users.”

The administrators also use a number of applications that require Microsoft Windows, such as technical design software and enterprise resource systems (ERP).

Şener says that university programmers have begun writing their own ERP applications which will run independent of the underlying operating system. In the first half of 2009, the university’s ERP system will be migrated to open source alternatives. “I expect that by then, many of the migration issues will have been solved.” The university is also planning to distribute its student affairs applications as open source, so other universities can benefit.

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