French Ministry of Agriculture Switches to Mozilla Mail
Thursday September 11th, 2003
Hervé, Bruno and Pierre from the French MozillaZine write: "The MozillaZine-FR staff are pleased to announce that the French Ministry of Agriculture has chosen Mozilla Mail for replacing Netscape Messenger 4.7. Outlook and Netscape 7 have been considered, but Mozilla has been preferred for its immunity to viruses and its licensing model. Tests have been run this Summer and Mozilla will be deployed in Q3 on every machine at the Ministry offices." MozillaZine-FR has a French article about the switch.
#1 Anyone have a translation?
Thursday September 11th, 2003 6:24 AM
#4 Re: Anyone have a translation?
by afree87 <email@example.com>
Thursday September 11th, 2003 7:39 AM
My French skills are in between "rusty" and "lacking", but here you go.
Ministry of Agriculture adopts MOZILLA
The Ministry of Agriculture has adopted Mozilla as their e-mail client in the place of Netscape 4.7.
In the search for a replacement for their current client, the Ministry of Agriculture, of Welfare, of Fishing and of Rural Affairs studied the following software: Outlook Express v5 and v6, Outlook 2000 and 2002, Netscape v7 and Mozilla v1.3.
Mozilla was chosen namely for the easiness of transition (the old client was Netscape Communicator), for its excellent virus blocking and for its ease of use, which allows employees to switch easily.
It was just as good as Netscape at the end of the test, but the GPL license made Mozilla the choice.
The test and changes to the Minstry information system took place this summer. The deployment of Mozilla throughout the Ministry will take place in fall 2003.
#7 Re: "It's a good thing"
by nonpareility <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Thursday September 11th, 2003 1:55 PM
"Ministry of Agriculture, of Welfare, of Fishing and of Rural Affairs" -> "Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Fishing and Rural Affairs"
A ministry of agriculture and wefare would be quite an odd mix. Unless the farmers are very poor.
#3 This is good news...
Thursday September 11th, 2003 7:06 AM
... as far as the globalization of Mozilla is concerned. The more people outside of the US using this, the better. Government agencies are a plus, as well.
#5 Re: This is good news...
by carenthir <email@example.com>
Thursday September 11th, 2003 8:10 AM
all the more since a vast majority of administrations and government services still use communicator's 4 e-mail client on Netscape servers. If they follow the trend and migrate, it will be on dozen thousands of computers ;-) snowball effect : it may turn these office users into Mozilla home users :-D That's what I call a pleasant news
#6 German Federal Foreign Office switched to Moz...
Thursday September 11th, 2003 10:12 AM
According to heise-online - <http://www.heise.de/newst…ker/data/jk-18.08.03-002/> (article in German) - about the German Federal Foreign Office's migration from Windows to Linux servers - the ministry also migrated its browser and mail client to Mozilla (probably they have used Netscape 4.x before, it's not mentioned). Noticable because they could use Microsoft products - Windows XP and MS Office runs on the ministry's PCs.
It's great to hear that governments are starting to adopt Mozilla Mail over Outlook (Out of curiosity, are we talking Thunderbird? Or Mozilla Suite?)
But when it comes to the French Government... I think they're going to have to provide their own translation, thanks to their insistence on using 'courriel' instead of 'e-mail' ( see: <http://www.guardian.co.uk…s/0,12597,1002708,00.html> )
You can tell because it says 'Mozilla Mail'; Thunderbird is not yet called that. Also, they found it the same as Netscape 7 and only made the decision due to GPL.
And, last but not least, because any organisation would be insane to deploy Thunderbird. :) It's nowhere near finished (much less finished than Firebird, which also isn't ready for primetime).
As for this news I think it's great, although the sad thing is it probably will make a large impact on total usage of Mozilla mail; since on the one hand I'm sure that's a big government department, and on the other hand I think the vast majority of people who use Mozilla as a browser do not use Mozilla for mail, making the mail 'market share' much smaller than the just-about-respectable browser market-share...
(Personally I'm still waiting for Mozilla Mail or preferably Thunderbird to address my pet bugs, which I won't plug again here. Until then it's Outlook Express all the way, unfortunately. At least OE is pretty secure now that you can finally turn off HTML mail display.)
"As for this news I think it's great, although the sad thing is it probably will make a large impact on total usage of Mozilla mail; since on the one hand I'm sure that's a big government department, and on the other hand I think the vast majority of people who use Mozilla as a browser do not use Mozilla for mail, making the mail 'market share' much smaller than the just-about-respectable browser market-share..."
Funny, I use Mozilla only for mail and FB for browsing. Just waiting for TB getting stable enough to be my preferred mail client.
Using Mozilla software (Firebird, same deal) for both mail and browsing is obviously possible, some people do it. I'm just saying that many people use a Mozilla browser (Mozilla / Firebird) for browsing but still use a different email client (one of Microsoft's or something else). Mozilla mail (app suite/thunderbird) is less popular than Mozilla browsers (app suite/firebird), at least that's how it appears to me.