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French military contributes to Thunderbird

Dec 11, 2009, 15:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Marie Mawad, David Lawsky)

[ Thanks to Philip Webb for this link. ]

"The story of how the French government became involved with the open source movement, which has transformed much software around the world from proprietary to free, goes back six years.

"France's military chose open source software after an internal government debate that began in 2003 and culminated in a November 6, 2007, directive requiring state agencies "Seek maximum technological and commercial independence."

"The military found Mozilla's open source design permitted France to build security extensions, while Microsoft's secret, proprietary software allowed no tinkering."

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