Mozilla Becoming More Popular at University of Houston

Monday November 4th, 2002

Luke writes: "Wanted to give the folks out there a reaction to how Mozilla is being received by the University of Houston." Rather well, it seems. Mozilla currently isn't supported by the Texan university's IT Support Center but they will reassess the situation if demand continues to increase.

UPDATE! Boris writes in with some details about Mozilla support at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology: "I saw the article about University of Houston, and figured folks may be interested in what other universities are doing... So here's the official take on Mozilla at MIT. Note the 'mozilla has recently been made the default Web browser for Athena Linux and Sun machines' part; Athena is the system of publicly available computers on campus.

"They've also been considering making the switch to Mozilla as the major supported mail client but ran into some issues with it, it seems.

"Finally, we made the math department's tip of the week!"

Are there any other Mozilla-friendly universities out there? Post your comments to this article.

#1 UH...

by kinnu

Tuesday November 5th, 2002 3:00 AM

huh? I don't want to sound like the guys at slashdot who always question if "this is really news for nerds, stuff that matterts", but really, is there some hidden point to this story that I'm missing? University students use Mozilla, IE still #1 - now that's shocking. Reminds me of The Onion articles, "Area Man considers ordering salad at McDonalds" etc.

ps. though I've never posted here before I've read MZ for months and I do enjoy it a lot, one bad (IMO) story in six month is not bad. Keep up the good work!

#2 Netscape 7

by dave82

Tuesday November 5th, 2002 4:25 AM

Durham University (England) where I attend have recently changed over to Netscape 7 for the default browser. Users loading the installed Internet Explorer are directed to a seperate home page stating that IE is not supported.

This may not seem so significant, but 10000 gecko users should help sway 'professional' web designers towards writing gecko compatible pages.

#3 Attachments?

by cknoll

Tuesday November 5th, 2002 9:20 AM

Hmm, I wonder if they will run across this bug:

Unless they don't need to use attachments.


#4 And in Cambridge(UK)...

by jgraham

Tuesday November 5th, 2002 2:56 PM

Mozilla has become the default browser for the linux machines on the network, although for some unspecified reason netscape 4.7 is still being used on windows. I guess they'll upgrade soon. This change came as a shock to one of our lecturers who only discovered the upgrade in the middle of our lecture when netscape refused to load. It also seems to get some use on college and student run facilities such as this at my college.

#5 Helsinki University of Technology picks up Mozilla

by msmikkol

Wednesday November 6th, 2002 2:33 AM

The text below was posted on the HUT Computing Center News page on 2002-10-30:

"Mozilla is now the default web browser in the HUT CC unix machines. This took a little more time from us than expected... While we were at it, we also improved the default configurations and bookmark links. ... "

BTW, Helsinki is in Finland. :)

#6 Re: Helsinki University of Technology picks up Moz

by kinnu

Wednesday November 6th, 2002 1:05 PM

Here at Helsinki University (note: Helsinki University of Technology != Helsinki University) CS department we don't really have what you could call a "default" browser. On Linux we have Mozilla, Opera, Netscape 4.x, whatever KDE and GNOME provide, and of course Lynx and w3m. On Win2K we have at least Moz and IE, probably Opera and Netscape too (can't say for sure since I haven't really checked the windows side of things). Use whatever you like, for most people that seems to be Mozilla on Linux.

Too bad Phoenix is not (yet) available, we have some low spec machines (Pentium MMX) that would surely benefit.

All that said, I still think this is a worthless story ;-)