German Linuxtag 2001: Linux in German GovernmentJul 09, 2001, 21:16 (4 Talkback[s])
Roman Fietze writes:
At the German Linuxtag 2001 (Linuxday 2001) in Stuttgart representatives of two German ministries have expressed their interest in an increased use of Open Source Software.
Brigitte Zypries of the German Federal Ministry of the Interior said that monocultures would not only be bad for ecological systems, but also for computer and information systems. Margarete Wolf of the German Federal Ministry of of Economics and Technology has declared that having access to the source code of software increases the security of this software "by a considerable amount".
The links to the German pages:
Just think of what other politicians would have said on a MS event. But Brigitte Zypries was the person who was involved in bringing back to life a letter of the KBSt, the Coordination and Advisory Board of the Federal Government for Information Technology in Federal Administration, that had posted a comparison between free software and proprietary solutions (guess what solution and guess which solution was found to be better) and which disappeared after a few days by intervention from a bigger company somewhere in Redmond. The letter reappeared, but with the comparison table removed.
Margarete Wolf is involved a lot in promoting open and free software. See http://www.margareta-wolf.de/pos-open-source-patente.html for information about her points and maybe use Babelfish to translate this long German text to your preferred language.