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Introduction to Caixa Magica Software

  1. 1. Caixa M á gica Software: An overview of what we do Paulo Trezentos: [email_address] Partner / Technical Director John Thomson: [email_address] Researcher Thursday, 17 th December 2009
  2. 2. A brief summary : <ul><li>Caixa M á gica is a software and solutions provider for GNU/Linux based Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) Systems.
  3. 3. Linux- Caixa M á gica is the main Linux Distribution available in Portugal and in 2000 one of the co-founders was awarded the Pr é mio Mil é nio 2000 Expresso award for the project.
  4. 4. Originally based in the research arm of ISCTE, ADETTI it soon outgrew the available resources and has relocated twice to larger offices.
  5. 5. Caixa Magica's main office is now found in the building that used to be the main Portuguese Stock Exchange. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Our vision: <ul><li>We wish to be a leader in the Open Source industry and we want to realise them through various aspects: </li><ul><li>Software: Linux Caixa Mágica – 'The' Portuguese distribution
  7. 7. Appliances : CAMES “powered by Ipbrick”
  8. 8. Consulting : Projects and involvement in F/OSS and areas relating to technology.
  9. 9. R & D: Innovation at all levels and through all aspects.
  10. 10. Business: Helping customers realise the benefits that F/OSS allow for.
  11. 11. Professional Services: Integration and assisting clients. </li></ul><li>Unified Team-work: </li><ul><li>A strong team with unique competencies. </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Main product – Linux Caixa Mágica 14 <ul><li>New version with new features: </li><ul><li>Speed boot, KDE 4.2 , better support of 3G </li></ul><li>Continuation of the partnership with Mandriva as a base.
  13. 13. Choice of Gnome 2.26 /KDE 4.2.
  14. 14. Many packages and applications have had partial if not full translations to Portuguese.
  15. 15. RPM based system that uses a port of APT, APT-RPM.
  16. 16. Live CD (Pen) </li></ul>
  17. 17. Who, where and what? <ul><li>The distribution is available at hundreds of Portuguese Computer stores and specialised resellers.
  18. 18. It is a SME and has 15 full time staff as well as many more that work under other companies but work on Caixa M á gica projects.
  19. 19. Along with working for the incumbent Telecommunication operator, Portugal Telecom, CMS works with a variety of other companies and government bodies.
  20. 20. The Caixa Magica Operating System is installed on many Hospital, Municipal Authorities and more than 1,100 schools as well as over 10 universities.
  21. 21. The System has also been installed in many enterprise environments and over 650,000 computers as part of widescale Portuguese initiatives. </li></ul>
  22. 22. Who we work for continued <ul><li>Caixa M á gica works also with the Portuguese Army for deploying more than 120 GNU/Linux based security appliances.
  23. 23. Since 2006 CMS has been sub-contracted by the Portuguese Ministry of Justice for maintaining Linux servers in critical data-centers. </li></ul>Nagios remote configuration management
  24. 24. Magalhães ( <ul><li>Government sponsored hardware/software solution for primary school students in Portugal.
  25. 25. 450,000+ Magalhães with dual boot: </li><ul><li>Linux CM 12 Mag & Windows XP </li></ul><li>Updates from GCompris (Community help & IFILP)
  26. 26. Most popular application - SuperTux </li><ul><li>SuperTux
  27. 27. The game has been modified to allow for uploading of scores
  28. 28. A dedicated website for new levels and points scored </li></ul><li>Partnerships: </li><ul><li>Angulo Sólido, IFILP, Assoc. Ensino Livre, ESE Santarém </li></ul><li>Objectives: </li><ul><li>Mesh networking in the classroom
  29. 29. Sugar and creating other dedicated apps. </li></ul></ul>
  30. 30. Connecting with the community <ul><li>Sites targeted to particular groups of users
  31. 31. Forums: </li><ul><li>
  32. 32. </li></ul><li>Error reporting </li><ul><li> </li></ul><li>User package submissions </li><ul><li> </li></ul><li>Team skills: </li><ul><li>Perl, Python, C/C++
  33. 33. Development in PHP / JS
  34. 34. Culture of Open Source </li></ul><li>Summer schools and internships </li></ul>
  35. 35. CAMES (Powered by Ipbrick) The power of partnerships... <ul><li>CAMES.IC </li><ul><li>SW for Intranet servers and communications </li></ul><li>CAMES.GT </li><ul><li>Tele-Communications centre – Voice, Information </li></ul><li>CAMES.KAV </li><ul><li>Security Appliance Servers </li></ul><li>CAMES.SOHO </li><ul><li>Appliance servers with features for small businesses </li></ul></ul>
  36. 36. <ul><li>3 Reasons to choose CAMES </li><ul><li>Improve the overall experience with Ipbrick with its in-built configuration services.
  37. 37. All the benefits of Linux Caixa Mágica
  38. 38. A team with users and expertise with a proven track-record in integrating complex systems for large companies. </li></ul></ul>CAMES & Ipbrick Ipbrick + CM = CAMES
  39. 39. Advanced teaching and learning <ul><li>In 2009/2010: </li><ul><li>First Masters course in Open Source Software
  40. 40. Course recognised by Ministério da Ciência e Ensino Superior
  41. 41. In partnership with UOC – Universidade Aberta da Catalunha
  42. 42. </li></ul><li>In 2010/2020 </li><ul><li>European Masters courses in OSS
  43. 43. Results of research show that there has been a great impact on primary schools. </li></ul></ul>
  44. 44. LINUX Introduction to Linux Advanced Linux usage Administrating Linux Systems Security and Admin of networks Office Intro. to OpenOffice e StarOffice Advanced usage of Writer / Calc Calc for accountants Programming/script languages and using frameworks Advanced PHP Python Perl / Perl for Developers MySQL / PostGres LAMP Teaching: Open Source technologies
  45. 45. e-Schools & KTE <ul><li>“e-Escolas” & Insys Gameforce </li><ul><li>In partnership with Inforlandia / TMN
  46. 46. DeFacto Hardware
  47. 47. Linux CM 14 ready for use with 3G </li></ul><li>More than 50,000 units sold
  48. 48. Back to school 2009 </li><ul><li>Stylish hardware with a new processor
  49. 49. Linux Caixa Mágica 14
  50. 50. Development into 3G drivers/integration </li></ul><li>Outfitted with technology suitable for schools </li><ul><li>In partnership with HP
  51. 51. 110,000+ PCs
  52. 52. Authentication support for 802.1X & EdgeBox </li></ul></ul>
  53. 53. European based research projects <ul><li>Caixa M á gica 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.
  54. 54. Many other projects in the pipeline and that have been bidded for.
  55. 55. Work with a multitude of top-tier Universities and research institutions. </li></ul>
  56. 56. International research <ul><li>MANCOOSI project of 7º FP
  57. 57. Managing software complexity (e.g. Software packages)
  58. 58. Main points: </li><ul><li>2008-2011
  59. 59. 4.4 M Euros (CM: 594 K euros)
  60. 60. 10 partners from 6 countries
  61. 61. Portugal: CM & INESC </li></ul><li>Principle objectives for R&D for CM: </li><ul><li>Development of a new generation of meta-installers </li></ul><li>Involvement in two proposals for FP7 - bidded October 2009 </li></ul>
  62. 62. DUDF error reporting <ul><li>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.
  63. 63. It has been collecting reports and generating statistics about problems and corresponding packages since September 2009.
  64. 64. It serves both as a source of information for Caixa Magica QA and as input for the MANCOOSI solver competition. </li></ul>
  65. 65. Caixa Mágica Software – 2010 / 2020 <ul><li>Making our product more competitive </li><ul><li>International and National Research and Development
  66. 66. Objective results: improve meta-installers </li></ul><li>Understands the importance of collaboration </li><ul><li>Improve the team
  67. 67. Expand internationally
  68. 68. Work in partnerships </li></ul><li>Working with clients: </li><ul><li>Improvement of CM -> versions 15 and beyond
  69. 69. Research new ideas
  70. 70. Help existing clients solve problems </li></ul></ul>
  71. 71. We are actively recruiting... <ul><li>The economic crisis has not stopped Caixa M á gica from recruiting and is looking for talented young individuals.
  72. 72. All manner of positions are available for people who show creativity, ingenuity and have a genuine interest in F/OSS and Computing in general.
  73. 73. We recently travelled out to Portel in the Alentejo region famous for its wines and country-side and enjoyed a Christmas dinner with family invited too. </li></ul>
  74. 74. Conclusion Thank you very much for your time Muito Obrigado! Penguins are taking over! Join F/OSS now! Questions?