Mozilla/Firefox Used by 68 Percent of UK Universities and Colleges

Sunday August 13th, 2006

Mozilla-based programs and open source software in general are becoming increasingly accepted by UK universities and colleges, according to OSS Watch, a group that provides advice and guidance on free and open source software to UK educational institutions. The OSS Watch Survey 2006 reveals that 68% of the 114 institutions who responded to the survey have deployed Mozilla Firefox or the Mozilla Application Suite on at least some of their campus desktops (the exact term used by the survey was "Mozilla/Firefox browser", which most institutions would presumably infer to mean either Firefox or the Mozilla Application Suite). The report notes that the 77% of higher education (degree and postgraduate) institutions and 64% of further education (post-16 secondary education) institutions that have deployed Mozilla/Firefox is a significant rise on the last survey in 2003, where these figures were just 44% and 32% respectively. Despite the rise in deployment, the report does note that very few institutions have installed Mozilla/Firefox on all desktops. Nevertheless, other Mozilla-based products also fared well. 22% of institutions have Mozilla Thunderbird on their systems and 27% use Netscape (though some may be using versions that predate the first Mozilla-based release, Netscape 6). It appears, however, that Mozilla products are generally offered as alternatives rather than the default: every single university and college surveyed have Microsoft Internet Explorer installed on their systems. Microsoft Office also registered a 100% deployment rate.

#2 Actually I'm surprised its so low

by GAThrawn

Monday August 14th, 2006 12:29 PM

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At least when I was at Uni a few years ago, a lot of departments (notably Sciences, Engineering and Computing blocks) have large numbers of *nix machines. Last I checked IE doesn't work on these at all.

In fact when I web browsed in my (mid to late 90s) days at a London Uni, I spent most of my browsing time in Netscape (versions 2.x thru 4.x), and surely all of those Sun, Linux and other *nix machines must be running a version of Mozilla these days?