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German Foreign Office explains open source elimination

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The German government has given details of its reasons for migrating the German Foreign office from Linux and free software back to Windows and Microsoft software. The SPD (Social Democrats, the main German opposition party) submitted an initial question on "the use of open source software in the Foreign Office and other Government departments", but, according to the Green parliamentary group, the German government's response left various questions unanswered. These questions have now been addressed by Cornelia Rogall-Grothe, the German government's IT commissioner in a document.

The 39 questions concern both the German government's overall IT strategy and the migration of the German Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt, AA). The government's answers in terms of its IT strategy remained rather vague: the commissioner said that free software is not "inherently more secure than proprietary software", and that the German government supports the use of open source "wherever it is suitable and economical". The distribution of open source solutions is promoted by the Centre of Excellence in Open Source, she added.

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