Under the Zentyal Summit 2013 that was held last week in Zaragoza, there was time to show success stories of free software. Specifically, Reynaldo Gaibor, deputy director of the National Council of the government of Ecuador court explained how the civil Ecuador has managed to work on Open Source .
free software history began long before Ecuador Rafael Correa will come to power. In 2006, he was elected as president small talk with Richard Stallman , the father of free software.
The talk led to a video that Correa issued under the FLISOL in inviting everyone to use free software.
This was just the beginning. When Correa took office decreed free software as a state policy to the public . Presidential Decree 1014 of April 10, 2008 said exactly: “Set policy for the Entities of the Central Public Administration using Free Software in their systems and computer equipment.” In a beginning, this legislation was intended to power only executive but events made it go further.
Constituent Assembly to create a new constitution and dissolve the legislature, started using Joomla, Alfresco, Zimbra, DTS, GLPI and Linux for servers. However, the most decisive step was the computers installed in OpenOffice officials for office automation actions. Free software reached the depths of the executive.
from 2008 when the Constituent Assembly announced that free software will go further through a decree. Thereafter, the legislature also use Open Source tools.
2009 Quito is installed in the National Assembly. At this time all computers had installed Linux . A giant step when you consider that he joined more than 1,000 devices. The agency began with openSUSE and Ubuntu now uses.
Between 2010 and 2011 there was still no infrastructure to the development community established. However, many governments began to take an interest in the system of the National Assembly. So, was deployed nationally the system used in the government apparatus.
eCURUL, free software jewel Ecuador
One of the great landmarks of the Ecuadorian administration was eCURUL development. This program allows electronic voting plus discussions governmental control .
So eCURUL is framed as one of the great achievements of free software in public administration. This system is used in the sessions of the National Assembly.
Additionally, the Ecuadorian government uses Zimbra for managing emails. Even use a system of managing wireless networks based on open source.
Ecuador “free” and now what?
Ecuador has planted
bases but the work is not yet finished. The government itself continues to create and develop software to streamline procedures and to promote and encourage the use of free software.
Proof of this is the platform of the Secretariat for Information Technology offering all kinds of information around the free software world. From that page citizens can learn not only the benefits but also find information and training to enable them to remove the fear of free software.
The Latin American country has managed to install a good basis for that neighbors take example . In fact, Gaibor assured the conference that “ but for now, there are no agreements with other countries, the idea is to create “.
For now, know that Venezuela has its own distro called Canaima while Brazil has an industry around this software. In Spain, Extremadura government tried his hand but it was not much further.
So when will truly free software in public administration? You think it’s a question of mentality or do I need something else? Obviously, Ecuador has shown that yes, you can.