Code from French Military used in Thunderbird 3

The French Military switched to free software in 2007 and has developed an extension for Thunderbird called “TrustedBird” which is co-branded with Mozilla and used in the recent Thunderbird 3.

The military found Mozilla’s open source design permitted France to build security extensions, while Microsoft’s secret, proprietary software allowed no tinkering…

The military uses Mozilla’s Thunderbird mail software and in some cases the Trustedbird extension on 80,000 computers and it has spread to the ministries of Finance, Interior and Culture.

With the French Police having switched to Ubuntu, it looks like the Government as a whole is migrating that way also.

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