Computers at Campaign HQ of US Presidential Hopeful Wesley Clark Run Mozilla

Tuesday November 11th, 2003

chrisgeleven writes: "There was a post on General Wesley Clark's '04 Campaign Blog (he is running to be the Democrat Party candidate for U.S. President) stating what technology and software the campaign staff uses to run its campaign.

"A quote from the post: 'Here at Clark HQ, we're using a lot of open source technology. When our IT team was setting up computers for everyone, a good majority of them outfitted with OpenOffice and Mozilla. We're also using Thunderbird as our main mail client and Squirrelmail for the travel team. Those who refuse to give up their copies of Outlook are required to surrender their laptops for examination before being allowed to plug them into the office network.' Sounds like there is a pretty good possibility that this could be the first presidential candidate to use Mozilla!"

The weblog entry was made by Cameron Barret (of CamWorld fame), who is the Blog Strategy Guy for the Clark campaign. Note that the post never explicitly states that Clark uses Mozilla.

#16 Amusing Speculations

by Dobbins

Wednesday November 12th, 2003 8:16 AM

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I Have actually worked on political campaigns dating all the way back to 1968. I find it amusing that people think the software the staff uses shows anything about the canidate. The decesion process typically works like this. The Canidate selects a Campaign Manager. The Campaign manager designates people to set up an office or website. They are told to keep costs down so that the funds can be used for other purposes. The people setting up the office, the website, whatever, get bids looking for the lowest price, or donated services/products if possible. The people who submit the winning bid/donation are the ones who actually decide on what software will be used in the office and for the website. This crap dosen't say anything about any of the canidates ideas on opensource software, something that most of them likely don't realize exists. It just tells us what a doner or a winning bidder selected. This is just political spin applied to a choice that someone other than the canidate made.