The Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Kolkata has deployed Debian GNU/Linux on about 20 Intel Dual Core HCL workstations and 20 Intel Core2Duo Dell workstations. As of November 2008, most of them are running Debian "etch", while a few are running Debian testing "lenny". The machines are used for scientific research, programming and code compilation as well as for web browsing and Internet access/e-mail. Debian "etch" runs on our Mail Server (Sendmail + SpamAssassin + ClamAV + Apache + SquirrelMail + Courier Imapd), NFS and NIS server and the network firewall (iptables). Apart from that, Debian GNU/Linux also runs on the personal computers and laptops of some faculty members and students.
The main reasons for choosing Debian GNU/Linux:
- Debian's stability, security and reliability.
- Availability of a huge number of pre-packaged software.
- Proactive sysadmin and some local users.