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The priority of Itaipu's Information Technology (IT) policy is the adoption of free software, an option consolidated by the creation of the Free Software Lab and the Free Guide (Guia Livre).

The Free Guide is a company document containing guidelines for the development and use of open-code programs, also providing reference models for implementation and migration projects besides establishing requirements that prioritize the purchase of free software-compatible equipment.

The Free Software Lab works in collaboration with the Itaipu Technological Park Foundation (ITPF) and is a place where technicians and students develop the systems that will be adopted by the power plant.

At the company today, free software technologies perform routine tasks like e-mail, file compaction, antivirus, and firewall.

However, they have started being used to meet strategic demands like watershed environmental monitoring and establishment of environmental control plans for the farms surrounding the power plant's reservoir via Sig@livre.

To Itaipu, opting for free software decreases its dependence on suppliers and represents considerable savings. If the company had to purchase licenses, updates and maintenance for that software, it would spend nearly US$ 850 thousand annually.

In the future, the goal is to gradually implement the use of free software across the entire power plant. In the meantime, Itaipu has adopted free software only in systems that are fully compatible with other technologies.

Following directions from the Gartner Group, the power plant monitors a certain technology's maturity curve so as to ensure its safe implementation.

The Linux operating system has earned Itaipu's trust. It runs on 20 of the 27 main company servers. In 2007, the goal is to implement it on all servers. The next step will be to make Linux available at the 3 thousand workstations.

Itaipu follows the guidelines of e-Ping (Electronic Government Interoperability Standards), a document drawn up by the Brazilian government defining a set of assumptions, policies and technical specifications that regulate the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) by the Federal Government and establish conditions for the interaction with the other governmental powers and spheres and society at large.

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