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.

#24 Chuckling in amusement

by Ara <>

Wednesday November 12th, 2003 9:28 AM

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It honestly never ceases to amaze me how easily people will get worked up over a small amount of text. Granted, words are how we communicate and express what goes on within our heads, and this is a representation of who we are (in some aspects) - but the manner in which such hostilities emerge shows where the origins of social control arise. Why do you think the Commander and Thief was able to gain access to the White House in the first place? Fear and manipulation.

Whether it is Bush Jr. or his people who do the actual work, we're not facing an easy opponent for the political future of this nation. It won't be something as simple as what software someone is running that gets most of the nation to vote for or against the incumbent. I dislike the current resident of the Presidential Mansion as much as any other intelligent human being should - but these flame wars on venues such as this only show how much division those who oppose the current Appointed President face. There are no clearly strong opposing candidates and everyone is bickering over small pieces.

We need to look beyond small pieces and realize that there is another election coming - and if we don't stand up behind someone with more integrity and better policey in a form of solidarity - Bush has this one in the bag. All he has to do is keep people divided through use of the media, and human nature will do the rest of the work.