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Caixa Mágica 2010


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A presentation about the work of Caixa Mágica Software, the main Linux Distribution software company in Portugal. CM 15 is presented alongside the work that is going on in various areas related to the distribution not limited to the work in Mancoosi, Uloop and Total Recall FP7 EC Projects

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Caixa Mágica 2010

  1. 1. Energia Open Source Powered by Open Source Caixa Mágica Software: The main Portuguese Linux Distribution Company Paulo Trezentos: Partner / Technical Director John Thomson: Researcher Wednesday, 27th October, 2010
  2. 2. Energia Open Source 26.10.2010 Caixa Mágica Software 2 Powered by Open Source A brief summary:  Caixa Mágica is a software and solutions provider for GNU/Linux based Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) Systems.  Linux- Caixa Mágica is the main Linux Distribution available in Portugal and in 2000 one of the co-founders was awarded the Prémio Milénio 2000 Expresso award for the project.  Originally based in the research arm of ISCTE, ADETTI it soon outgrew the available resources and has relocated twice to larger offices.  Caixa Magica's main office is now found in the building that used to be the main Portuguese Stock Exchange.
  3. 3. Energia Open Source 26.10.2010 Caixa Mágica Software 3 Powered by Open Source Our vision:  We wish to be a leader in the Open Source industry and we want to realise them through various aspects: – Software: Linux Caixa Mágica – 'The' Portuguese distribution – Appliances: CAMES “powered by Ipbrick” – Consulting: Projects and involvement in F/OSS and areas relating to technology. – R & D: Innovation at all levels and through all aspects. – Business: Helping customers realise the benefits that F/OSS allow for. – Professional Services: Integration and assisting clients.  Unified Team-work: – A strong team with unique competencies.
  4. 4. Energia Open Source 26.10.2010 Caixa Mágica Software 4 Powered by Open Source Main product – Linux Caixa Mágica 15  New version with new features: – Parental Control, KDE 4.4.3 , 3.2, Kernel  Continuation of the partnership with Mandriva as a base.  Choice of Gnome 2.30.1 /KDE 4.4.3.  Many packages and applications have had partial if not full translations to Portuguese.  RPM based system that uses a port of APT, APT-RPM.  Live CD (Pen)
  5. 5. Energia Open Source 26.10.2010 Caixa Mágica Software 5 Powered by Open Source Who, where and what?  The distribution is available at hundreds of Portuguese Computer stores and specialised resellers.  It is a SME and has 30 full time staff as well as many more that work under other companies but work on Caixa Mágica projects.  Along with working for the incumbent Telecommunication operator, Portugal Telecom, CMS works with a variety of other companies and government bodies.  The Caixa Magica Operating System is installed on many Hospital, Municipal Authorities and more than 1,100 schools as well as over 10 universities.  The System has also been installed in many enterprise environments and over 650,000 computers as part of widescale Portuguese initiatives.
  6. 6. Energia Open Source 26.10.2010 Caixa Mágica Software 6 Powered by Open Source Who we work for continued  Caixa Mágica works also with the Portuguese Army for deploying more than 120 GNU/Linux based security appliances.  Since 2006 CMS has been sub-contracted by the Portuguese Ministry of Justice for maintaining Linux servers in critical data-centers.
  7. 7. Energia Open Source 26.10.2010 Caixa Mágica Software 7 Powered by Open Source Magalhães (  Government sponsored hardware/software solution for primary school students in Portugal.  450,000+ Magalhães with dual boot: – Linux CM 12 Mag & Windows XP  Updates from GCompris (Community help & IFILP)  Most popular application - SuperTux – SuperTux – The game has been modified to allow for uploading of scores – A dedicated website for new levels and points scored  Partnerships: – Angulo Sólido, IFILP, Assoc. Ensino Livre, ESE Santarém  Objectives: – Mesh networking in the classroom – Sugar and creating other dedicated apps.
  8. 8. Energia Open Source 26.10.2010 Caixa Mágica Software 8 Powered by Open Source Magalhães Equipment made Availabe to market 2009 Classroom/ Individual Usage 2010 Internet Cloud 2013
  9. 9. Energia Open Source 26.10.2010 Caixa Mágica Software 9 Powered by Open Source Teacher-Student StudentStudent-Students Parents-Student
  10. 10. Energia Open Source 26.10.2010 Caixa Mágica Software 10 Powered by Open Source Connecting with the community  Sites targeted to particular groups of users  Forums: – –  Error reporting –  User package submissions –  Team skills: – Perl, Python, C/C++ – Development in PHP / JS – Culture of Open Source  Summer schools and internships
  11. 11. Energia Open Source 26.10.2010 Caixa Mágica Software 15 Powered by Open Source e-Schools & KTE  “e-Escolas” & Insys Gameforce – In partnership with Inforlandia / TMN – DeFacto Hardware – Linux CM 14/15 ready for use with 3G  More than 50,000 units sold  Back to school 2009 – Stylish hardware with a new processor – Linux Caixa Mágica 14 – Development into 3G drivers/integration  Outfitted with technology suitable for schools – In partnership with HP – 110,000+ PCs – Authentication support for 802.1X & EdgeBox
  12. 12. Energia Open Source 26.10.2010 Caixa Mágica Software 16 Powered by Open Source European based research projects  Caixa Mágica works in many multi-national European based research projects. After the conclusion of the EDOS (EU FP6 STREP) based project it is now actively working on another, MANCOOSI.  Many other projects in the pipeline and that have been bidded for.  Work with a multitude of top-tier Universities and research institutions. TotalRecall
  13. 13. Energia Open Source 26.10.2010 Caixa Mágica Software 17 Powered by Open Source Research & Development (European Projects – 2.45 M Euros 2008/2014 ) 2008 2009 2011 2012 20132010 2014 TotalRecall
  14. 14. Energia Open Source 26.10.2010 Caixa Mágica Software 18 Powered by Open Source International research  MANCOOSI project of 7º FP  Managing software complexity (e.g. Software packages)  Main points: – 2008-2011 – 4.4 M Euros (CM: 594 K euros) – 10 partners from 6 countries – Portugal: CM & INESC  Principle objectives for R&D for CM: – Development of a new generation of meta-installers  Involvement in two new projects for FP7 - – ULOOP & Total Recall
  15. 15. Energia Open Source 26.10.2010 Caixa Mágica Software 19 Powered by Open Source DUDF error reporting  On the context of the MANCOOSI European project we developed, a reporting platform about installation problems that users have with our package installer, apt-rpm.  It has been collecting reports and generating statistics about problems and corresponding packages since September 2009.  It serves both as a source of information for Caixa Magica QA and as input for the MANCOOSI solver competition.
  16. 16. Energia Open Source 26.10.2010 Caixa Mágica Software 20 Powered by Open Source ULOOP  WiFi Networks project user-centric / MESH  Partners – AlcatelLucent – Huawei – Univ. Lusófona – Fon – Caixa Mágica – ....  Influences for CM: – Network Manager – Contributions towards Kernel Drivers – New ways to connect to the Internet
  17. 17. Energia Open Source 26.10.2010 Caixa Mágica Software 21 Powered by Open Source TotalRecall  Digital Preservation of Enterprise Systems  Led by SAP  Partners: – INESC-Lisboa – Intel – Caixa Mágica  Freeze Enterprise systems for recall at a later time  Not just storing the data, also storing the Business context information (eg. web-services)  How TR influences CMS: – Open Source Development – Virtualisation
  18. 18. Energia Open Source 26.10.2010 Caixa Mágica Software 22 Powered by Open Source Caixa Mágica Software – 2011 / 2020  Making our product more competitive – International and National Research and Development – Objective results: improve meta-installers  Understands the importance of collaboration – Improve the team – Expand internationally – Work in partnerships  Working with clients: – Improvement of CM versions 16 and beyond→ – Research new ideas – Help existing clients solve problems
  19. 19. Energia Open Source 26.10.2010 Caixa Mágica Software 23 Powered by Open Source Powered by Open Source for over 10 years Thank you very much.