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Free Software hits German election campaigns
<h1>Free Software hits German election campaigns</h1>
The issue of <a href="/freesoftware/freesoftware.html">Free Software</a> has
hit the run-up to the German elections. During a <a
href="">campaign</a> launched by
Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) politicians from many parties
have recognised the potential of Free Software and Open Standards for Germany.
In response to questions from supporters of FSFE, they explain that Free
Software equals more competition, promotes innovation and provides cost
Free Software - such as the GNU/Linux operating system or the web browser
Mozilla Firefox - can be used without restrictions, studied by anyone, be
modified and passed on. "Free Software brings significant benefits for the
economy" says <a href="/about/people/gerloff/gerloff.html">Karsten Gerloff</a>,
president of FSFE. "On that basis Germany's small and medium enterprises
are able to offer high quality services and create lasting value for our
country. We are delighted that candidates are aware of this opportunity."
Free Software is also an important prerequisite for equal opportunities in
education. "Software is the cultural technique of the 21st century, "says
<a href="/about/people/kirschner/kirschner.html">Matthias Kirschner</a>, Germany
Coordinator of FSFE. "Everyone should have the opportunity to gain a basic
understanding of this. It's good to see that FSFE's
persistent work on this issue is paying off."
Nevertheless, the parties lack a comprehensive approach
for making the best of Free Software for Germany's economy
and society. FSFE provides an <a
of the parties' programmes, along with the questions
answered by the candidates. FSFE will continue to serve as
a competent partner of politicians and everybody
interested in the potential of Free Software.
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