Bernhard Reiter bernhard at intevation.de
Sat Oct 6 16:39:52 UTC 2001


"German government email contract could lead to agencies 
switching to Free Software"

| Friday October 05, 12:39 PM EDT     - By Grant Gross - 
| 	 Just as the U.S. Congress begins considering a bill
| that some advocates believe will outlaw Open Source operating
| systems, the German government has hired three companies to create
| Free Software email options for its IT security agency's email
| project.
| 	The German Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der
| Informationstechnik (Federal Agency for IT Security, also known as
| BSI) has contracted with the German Free Software companies
| Intevation and g10 Code and Swedish platform-independent software
| company Klarälvdalens Datakonsult for its Sphinx secure email
| project. Company officials predict the contract could lead to wider
| adoption of Free Software by the German government.
| 	The three companies' Project Ägypten will focus on
| making Open Source email programs KMail and mutt compatible with
| Sphinx, which include standards S/MIME and X.509v3. The results of
| the project will be released under the GNU GPL.


If you look closely you will find some of the usual suspects involved. :)

Professional Service around Free Software                (intevation.net)  
The FreeGIS Project                                         (freegis.org)
Association for a Free Informational Infrastructure            (ffii.org)
FSF Europe                                            	  (fsfeurope.org)
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