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  5. <title>German Government: Lack of knowledge or deliberately offending Free Software?</title>
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  8. <h1>German Government: Lack of knowledge or deliberately offending Free
  9. Software?</h1>
  10. <p>In the case of the Foreign Office turning away from Free
  11. Software, the German Government is entangling itself in contradictions. The
  12. reaction of the Government to an inquiry by "Bündnis 90/Grüne" has led to
  13. more pending questions than answers.</p>
  14. <p>"Many replies show that the government either doesn't understand important
  15. aspects of Free Software or is deliberately offending Free Software in
  16. general as well as Free Software companies in particular" says Matthias
  17. Kirschner, Germany coordinator of Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE).
  18. </p>
  19. <p>The government argues that the developments in the Foreign Office
  20. constitute a "turning away from the policy of exclusively using open source
  21. software." At the same time, the government has confirmed that they will
  22. migrate to Microsoft Windows 7 and Office 2010. </p>
  23. <p>"The statements that Free Software would be worse to use, would cause
  24. additional expenses on hardware, and that a lack of warranty would exist are
  25. imaginative perceptions rather than fitting into a serious reply from the
  26. government" said Elmar Geese, president of the "Linux-Verband". </p>
  27. <p>Furthermore the response of the German Government has raised new
  28. questions. The government mentioned that 4.3 million Euro have been spent on
  29. a Free Software federal GNU/Linux distribution which apparently has never
  30. been finished. "We wonder what has happened to that project and what the
  31. money has actually been spent on" said Matthias Kirschner.</p>
  32. <p> The FSFE and the "Linux-Verband" will work on an analysis of the reply
  33. together with those who are interested. </p>
  34. <ul>
  35. <li><a href="">The reply of the German Federal Government (German)</a></li>
  36. <li><a href="">Some comments in a blog entry (German)</a></li>
  37. <li><a href="">Public plattform to comment the questions (German)</a></li>
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