The laboratory uses Free Software, and Debian GNU/Linux in particular, for all of its network and data storage operations. Further, a large part of the laboratory staff/students runs Debian GNU/Linux as its unique computing platform. The PAPPSO mass specrometry facility's bioinformatics team develops and runs only Debian-based Free Software. A Debian Developer (Filippo Rusconi) ensures that the software is correctly packaged and available as official Debian packages.
We use Debian GNU/Linux as our computing platform because we know it well and know that it is incredibly configurable and reliable. Further, the fact that Debian GNU/Linux is the basis of the Ubuntu distribution makes our software projects widely available with no extra effort.