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.

#18 Whose USES technology best

by leet

Wednesday November 12th, 2003 8:48 AM

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Someone (tooo lazy to find out who) made the important point that there's no guarantee of how many people on Clark's campaign actually use the open-source tool. Here where I work, Netscape 7.0 is installed on virtually all the computers, but I've never seen anyone using it (not even myself :) ). Having said that, if you really care about technology's role in campaigns, there's no one other than Howard Dean who's exploited the Internet so well. So far much of his campaign's been based on using this medium to connect his supporters, and why he's no longer just a spectacle.