Mozilla Foundation Looking for Names of Organizations That Have Switched to Mozilla

Sunday July 18th, 2004

Bart Decrem writes: "The Mozilla Foundation is looking for examples of companies or organizations that have moved from IE to Mozilla-based browsers in the last few weeks. Please chime in if you know of any!"

#63 Thunderbird/Mozilla Mail for non-exchange Corp

by htmlspinnr

Monday July 19th, 2004 8:04 AM

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I'm the system administrator of the mail system at a medical bill review software company which did not standardize on Exchange from the get-go. Because of this, I've had the flexability to switch the clients around to any POP or IMAP capable client without considering Outlook.

When I started, our company was using a Linux based POP3 server and Eudora for a client. About a year and a half ago, our needs shifted to needing an IMAP based system for accountability and backup purposes. We chose Mozilla Mail, then Thunderbird because of it's stellar IMAP capability while remaining OpenSource. We first deployed Mozilla for Mail while it was at version 1.3. Then once Thunderbird reached 0.4 status, it was "good enough" as a mail client, and I slowly started migrating users from Mozilla to Thunderbird. We now have a 60/40 Thunderbird/Mozilla Mail mix in an office of 50 and most users are content. There are a few of us who run Linux, Mac OS X or Solaris as a desktop, and having the same client available there makes life much easier for trainability since the mail client works virtually the same on either platform.

Thunderbird has a simple, yet functional interface, and for newer versions, has been quite stable. There are a few who pine for Outlook like features in the mail client. I simply remind them that our company doesn't use Outlook/Exchange due to valid security concerns and that for an "email client", Thunderbird was and still is our best choice. This, combined with reasonable open-source (i.e. ClamAV, Anomy Sanitizer, SpamAssassin) mail-server tools have kept us nearly immune from the many threats that have inflicted other companies with more "conventional" (read: Outlook/Exchange) mail systems.

As for browsing, a few users have voluntarily adopted Mozilla or Firefox as their primary browser, however most still use IE. Unfortunately, some applications that we use are written IE only at the time. Because of that, we do strive to make sure all desktops have current Anti-virus software, anti-popup software, anti-spyware software, and that current updates have been applied and not ignored. This, combined with some basic education which is frequently ignored, ensures that users of either browsers that make some mistakes don't cause too much damage.