It is all over the local media and social networks. I even heard some people complaining in the lift early this morning lol. The Mauritian government has abruptly moved from the gov.mu domain to govmu.org since some days now. No smooth transition period. No official communiqué as far as I know. Not even on their own web sites.
Several days back, a blog reader anonymously informed me that government officers received a mail on the 24 October 2014 to inform them of the change caused due to, I quote :
“In view of serious disruption noted in mail.gov.mu, please note that your mail account will henceforth be firstname.lastname@example.org instead of email@example.com. Your username and password remain the same.”
To sum up, if ever you need to contact a government officer, you should now mail them on firstname.lastname@example.org instead of email@example.com. And all web sites previously available on xxx.gov.mu should be accessed using the new domain : xxx.govmu.org.
Why this change?
For those who do not know the REAL problem, here’s a quick explanation : The government has now purchased their own domain govmu.org, unlike the gov.mu which is registered under the private company which owns the .mu (country code top-level domain). For those who don’t know, the government has been fighting for long to acquire the ownership of this .mu but nothing has been successful till now.
Before ending, please read this blog post written by GeekScribes. His explanation about this change and the impacts are clear and straight-forward. For instance, did you realise that all business cards and letter heads are all good for the bins?
Mauritius, c’est un plaisir!