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.
Wednesday November 12th, 2003 4:16 AM
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I think all aspects surrounding a candidate are important in creating an opinion regarding where we will place our votes. I think ASA is right in saying that the technologies adopted by a candidate's IT team are much more important than marketing aspects like hair style and white degree of the smile.
A candidate's IT team that shows an open mind in adopting open and free software alternatives proves that once in power, this person's IT team will conduct their decisions regarding IT techs also with an open mind which will benefit everyone.
Of course there are many other aspects to take in count but this is one of them.