Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai, India

The Institute of Mathematical Sciences has been using Debian for a relatively long time (perhaps since 1998 or so). We first started with the use of Debian for the proxy (squid) server and for our mirror of the e-print archive (custom built apache). We then went on to the name servers (bind), mail servers (exim), firewall (iptables) and remote access machine (ssh). During the last two years or so even most desktop machines (about 100) run Debian or a clone.

The main reasons for this transition (we were essential a completely Solaris + Xterm based operation until 1996) are:

We had few problems installing Debian on servers. The main difficulties have been with desktop installations: