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Le Mozilla to handle email on 130,000 French government computers

OSOR.eu has details about a decision by the French Directorate General of Public Finance to migrate the mail client towards Mozilla on 130,000 computers. The Directorate General of Taxes had been using IBM Lotus Notes; while the Directorate General of Public Accountancy used Microsoft Outlook. The decision to merge the two departments led to an assessment of different solutions to make both entities software compatible. The economical weight of licenses eventually led to adopt the Mozilla suit.

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U.S. Department of Defense to teach migrating to open-source software

I have written about the United States National Security Agency contributing to information security (with its release of the SHA cryptographic hash functions) and a set of modifications that can be applied to Unix-like operating systems, such as Linux and BSD.

Now, the United States Defense Information Systems Agency (a division of the Department of Defense), has started running seminars on migrating to open-source software. That’s a pretty strong endorsement for open-source.

Read more on Cnet.com.

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One of the reasons why I love Open Source

One of the facts that made me decide to get an android phone was the availability of KeePass, an open-source encrypted database software that allows to securely keep all critical password and numbers at hand.

Brian Pellin  is the volunteer software developer who singlehandedly compiled and maintains KeePassDroid, the android version of KeePass. Being an industrial designer, and having a long experience in graphic design, I contacted Brian on July 12th 2009 to offer some assistance. He replied within 24 hours and I got back to him with an android-specific launcher icon for KeePassDroid, and a few suggestions for fine-tuning the user interface.

What do you know? Three days later Brian was already publishing an upgrade to the software, featuring the GLP’ed launcher icon and the interface tweaks. Now where else do you find software that implements user feedback so fast? Two thumbs up for Brian Pellin and Open Source!

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android and iPhone vulnerability compared

Kenneth Van Wyk wrote an article for itmanagement.earthweb.com in which he tried to assess the level of vulnerability of Google android and Apple Inc. iPhone OS.

I’m going to go out on a limb here and predict Google’s Android mobile phone platform is going to prove itself to be more secure than Apple’s iPhone in the long run.

Go to the article.

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PC-BSD preinstalled workstations to come

Having acquired PC-BSD Software in October 2006, the enterprise-class hardware solution provider iXsystems has now announced the Apollo, a workstation featuring the preinstalled PC-BSD OS.

This new offer reminds me of Zareason, who offers a broad range of hardware with any flavor of Ubuntu GNU/Linux preinstalled: desktops, laptops and servers. I did purchased a workstation from Zareason in Autumn 2008 and found it to run smoothly.

PC-BSD has already been mentionned on this blog. Capitalising on the KDE desctop environment, it is probably one of the most user-friendly UNIXes after Apple Inc. OSX. PD-BSD relies upon Free-BSD, but it also uses its own package management system (PBI) to install applications. There is already quite a broad choice and the list keeps getting longer.

It is nice to see it an OS as promising as PC-BSD running on fully supported hardware.

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