Geneva Tax Authorities Distribute Mozilla 1.2.1 to Taxpayers

Saturday February 15th, 2003

The German Heise magazine is reporting that all taxpayers in the Swiss canton of Geneva are being given a CD which includes a French version of Mozilla 1.2.1. The CD also includes GEtax 2002, a tax declaration program, and 1.0.1.

Though the Heise article is in German, a rough English translation is available courtesy of Google. Thanks to johann_p for the news.

#11 But it is a good idea

by johann_p

Saturday February 15th, 2003 2:24 PM

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Whether or not MS Office has a few more features that wont be used by 99% of the users is not the issue here. The isue is that you can give it away for free. Hence, allowing citizens to file their tax reports electronically does not force them to buy products from a certain company, which they might not want to do. It is a lot like publishing a web page that does not require ActiveX or Flash - Mozilla users should understand that argument. There are a lot of other reasons why this is a good idea indeed, which I wont go into. But saying this is a bad idea is like saying that distributing Mozilla with this CD is a bad idea because IE is much more polished (and yes, in some respects, IE *is* more polished than Mozilla.) The reason they distribute Mozilla is NOT that Mozilla has nice features IE does not have. And this is not a moral argument, but a very practical one - both for the administration and the citizens.