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.

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by mozineAdmin

Wednesday November 12th, 2003 3:45 AM

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I guess the choices of our candidates really have no consequence, then? So whatever technology that he chooses to adopt is ok? Carpet bombing, then?

Of course that's absurd. But it's absurd to say that this choice is irrelevant. It's relevant to a specific portion of the population, sure, but more than that it's relevant to the ability of the campaign to do its job well. And in the light of Microsoft's horrific security flaws, doesn't making reasoned choices about technology an indication of a campaign's ability to make fundamental assessments of the world?

Seriously. Would you feel better if a candidate was using technologies that you know are rife with security flaws? Or would it simply not matter to you at all?