Dear All

Just read it this morning in TOI at page 7. PM Office has migrated to Linux
based mailing solution. Its a great achievent for the Open Source Community
in India.

Here goes the complete report

BUGGED Virus gripped PMO’s email for 3 months
New Delhi: Email system of the Prime Minister’s Office was under the grip of
a computer virus for three months last year forcing officials to replace the
software. The technical glitch plagued the email communication system of the
PMO, which was based on the Microsoft Outlook Express, from February to
April in 2008.
    Although the extent of damage was uncertain, the PMO said that most of
the emails addressed to it were not received. The problem was detected only
in late April after which the Microsoft Outlook Express email software was
discontinued and replaced by — Squirrel mail.
    The matter came to light during one of the hearings of the CIC where the
PMO submitted that “there was virus problem during the months of Feb-Mar-Apr
that was diagnosed only late in April”. The CIC was hearing the plea of one
retired Air Commodore Lokesh Batra, who had complained to PMO, through an
email, about discrepancies in the Hindi version of the RTI Act. AGENCIES

Source : Times of India (Page 7) , dated 16/03/2009.


Dhiraj Gaur
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