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.
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Friday September 12th, 2003 2:00 AM
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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.)