Monday, July 28, 2008

What have I been doing lately.

A little more than four monthes has gone since I left Tenerife, Canary Islands, to work in La Axarquía, Málaga, in a migration to software libre project. Working with public administrations is different than working for private companies. Usually you have more time for finishing the projects but the administrative and management issues are more complex. Get away from problems and keeping focused on the job to do is the key for not getting frustated. The impact though will be enormous so it is worth it.

After surveying and interviewing hundreds of people, trying to figure out how they use computers and apps, we have almost done an inventory system we have made for this project (based on ltsp). Since it will be GPL, I hope more people use it, specially in migration to software libre projects, like the one I'm working on.

Since in summertime most of the public workers are on vacation in Spain, we will be able to check their computers easily. I hope we can make a good report with the data extracted. Then the technicians will concentrate efforts on testing how key private apps work when virtualiced (with XEN, VMWare, Virtual Box and Wine basically). This is important to define the migration project of the 31 municipalities involved (in fact it won't be that many since some of them do not want to migrate).

Between managing this project and the Gran Canaria Desktop Meeting, I have no time for almost anything else. By the way, the Cabildo of Gran Canaria (Gran Canaria's Gov.) have put me in charge of the relation with both, KDE and GNOME projects for the GUADEC+Akademy 2009 event. This was going to be my first Akademy with no specific job to do but, obviously, it won't. It will be another busy event for me. Maybe is better this way.


Last week it was announced that we will participate in the migration project of the Economics and Technological Innovation Department of Junta of Extremadura (Extremadura's regional Gov.). We are going to make the initial report of the current situation. That is, interviewing pubic workers, making an inventory of equipments and apps, defining by groups the knowledge of users related with software libre, etc. That is the milestone before the development of the migration project itself.

We are the only small company that will be working on this migration project so it has been a nice surprise for us. I'm travelling tomorrow to Extremadura for the very first meeting.

Can anybody give me the clue to work 25 out of 24 hours?

Windsurfers say.... No fun.

I migration to soft. libre fun


Unknown said...

great to hear your company is keeping so busy!

are you able to share what software you are using in these deployments?

toscalix said...

In Andalucía, the regional Gov. has its own distro based on Ubuntu called Guadelinex (GNOME based), so that is the one we have to deploy. On the server side we do not know yet since we are in the first step of the project. we will have a better idea in late september.

In Extremadura, the regional Gov have a distro called Linex, based on Debian (Debian edu group) with gnome on it. Another company is developing a specific taste of it for public workers. Since this project is going to start in a month, I don't know what software is going to be used on the server side.

Both region of Spain were the first ones in having its own distro. In the south of our country GNOME rules. Not in the Canaries though...

After many years using kde, it's taking me some effort to use gnome. More than I thought. Probably is because I keep using kde in my own laptop.

In mEDUXa, my first relevant job as project manager, I had the chance to choose the desktop, since they didn't have any. That is not the case here. It was selected by Andalucía's regional gov. some years ago.