The public library of the Belgian city of Nivelles is supporting the local Linux User Group by making available for free meetings space in the city's public meetingspace 'Gens Clic'. The Nivelles Public Linux User Group NPLUG will meet there for the first time on Tuesday evening, 15 October. One of the two presentations planned for the inauguration, is the use of free software in public administration and in education.
The town of Nivelles is itself an avid user of free and open source software and two of the town's IT administrators are founding members of the NPLUG. The city combines free and open source tools for its web server (Apache, Mysql, Drupal), mail server (Sendmail, Dovecot, Clamav, openDKIM), files servers (Samba) and telephony (Asterisk). Virtual machines are managed using KVM, Many of the servers run OpenSuse GNU/Linux. Nivelles uses OpenVPN, to connect the administration's twelve offices.
Because it is required by many proprietary applications, Nivelles' 130 workstations are running a proprietary operating system. However, says Philippe Temesi, responsible for Nivelles IT security: "Four years ago, the city's civil servants have switched to using OpenOffice and LibreOffice, so we now require compatibility with OpenOffice and LibreOffice, when buying new related ICT solutions."
The NPLUG is planning to hold meetings every third Tuesday of the month. Access is open to all.