The Debian project is proud to announce the availability of the first
official security.debian.org mirror in South America. security.debian.org carries all the security updates of the stable and
“In combination with the GeoDNS feature used by Debian, this should
speed up downloads for our users in that geographical area drastically.
This is a welcome improvement in the worldwide coverage of dedicated
official security.debian.org mirrors, administrated by the Debian
projecti” says Martin Zobel-Helas, member of the Debian System
“Debian has many users in South America and we are happy to help the
Debian project with hardware and bandwidth to distribute locally content
that was previously available only in the northern hemisphere” adds
Carlos Carvalho of the C3SL.
Hosting of the security.debian.org service in Brazil is provided by the
C3SL or Computação Científica e Software Livre (Center for Scientific
Computing and Free Software).
The C3SL  is a research group of the Computer Science Department 
of the Federal University of Paraná  (UFPR), a public university in
the city of Curitiba, Brazil. The group develops both research and
applications/systems with free software. At each term several tens of
undergraduate and graduate students have the opportunity to learn the
technical and philosophical aspects of free software by participating in
several projects. Of particular interest to the Debian community is
“Paraná Digital”, which deployed Debian and custom packages at all two
thousand public schools of the state of Paraná, serving about 1.5
million students. C3SL also hosts the Debian official country mirror
ftp.br.debian.org since 2005.
The Debian Project was founded in 1993 by Ian Murdock to be a truly free
community project. Since then the project has grown to be one of the
largest and most influential open source projects. Thousands of
volunteers from all over the world work together to create and maintain
Debian software. Available in 70 languages, and supporting a huge range
of computer types, Debian calls itself the “universal operating system”.
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