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CNET News: Germany-funded Linux Software Arriving

Jan 31, 2003, 14:30 (20 Talkback[s])
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"KDE, one of the major interfaces designed to make Linux slick looking and easier to use, has been upgraded, an effort that includes the first results of work funded by the German government.

"The software comes from the Kroupware project, bankrolled by the German government to build open-source software that can substitute for Microsoft's Exchange and Outlook. Though the first elements have appeared in the new KDE 3.1 software, more will arrive in 3.2 later this year, said Andreas Pour, president of the KDE League...

"Linux has proved a popular idea among governments that relish the fact that it can be obtained for free and that they can scrutinize its inner workings. Microsoft has responded to some of those issues with a program that shares the source code underlying Windows with some governments..."

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