Tuesday, February 07, 2006

French Police Abandon Ballmer's Microsoft For Mozilla 

meaning that they can freely run it on Windows, Linux, and Mac operating systems.

French Police Abandon Ballmer's Microsoft For Mozilla

The Freedom Revolution, you could call it--if you're a politically correct U.S. patriot. Yet it's been a non-violent, bloodless radical change over in France, where the country's police force is renouncing Microsoft's Internet Explorer Web browser for the Mozilla Foundation's open source browser Firefox.

We don't know if the gendarmes affectionately refer to the browser as "le renard du feu", yet AFX News quoted the IT director of the force as saying 70,000 desktop computers would be converted to Firefox and its e-mail client Thunderbird because of the navigator's "reliability, security and inter-operability with other state services". The transition, which follows the department's decision to migrate from the Microsoft Office suite of applications to OpenOffice for all of its desktops last year, should be complete by the end of the year, he added.

The wily Firefox navigator has apparently gobbled up nearly 18% of the French Internet browser market, approaching the European average of 20%. This has left blogging wags predicting excellent sales of chairs should the news of Mozilla's success reach Steve Ballmer's ears.

"By the end of 2006, the French police plan to install Firefox and the e-mail client Thunderbird on 70,000 desktops. The force is pleased with Firefox's adherence to World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) standards and cross-platform capabilities, "

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