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.

#20 I'm sorry, but...

by choess <>

Wednesday November 12th, 2003 8:56 AM

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this is the kind of ridiculous messianism that really gets under my skin.

For those of you who just crawled out from under a pickle barrel, among foreign policy, the Federal budget, the future of Social Security and Medicare, etc., there is a very full slate of issues for the next President of the U.S. to deal with. The idea that the President is going to waste time, energy, and possibly political capital micro-managing government information technology is ludicrous in the extreme.

Wake up, people! None of the Presidential candidates are going to descend to shower OSS with manna and hurl lightning bolts at Microsoft. The EU is not going to make Bill Gates kneel barefoot in the snow at Canossa. AOL did not ever adapt a Gecko-based client and lift our marketshare into double digits. We are fighting an unfair battle against heavy odds—and no one is going to come suddenly make it fair. If we're going to gain marketshare and keep the Web open, it will be because we worked hard, used our technical advantages, and produced an undeniably superior product, not because we sat around and fantasized about how the government or some big company might step in and help us.