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!"

#64 We've mainly switched

by matt_morgan

Monday July 19th, 2004 8:38 AM

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Brooklyn Museum is 100% on Thunderbird for email (we use an IMAP server), and about half-and-half on Firefox for browsing. Most of our workstations are Windows and although we have pretty effective desktop and network security IE still causes us some trouble (home page hijacking, malformed URLs leading to bad sites, ads, pop-ups, etc.), so switching to Firefox is still an important goal. Probably within 6-8 months we'll be 90% switched for browsing. When we switch the browser we now change the default browser, but do not attempt to disable IE, which is tricky.

As far as mail, we used to use Eudora and it was quickly becoming clear that that product was being abandoned, or at least not maintained in an acceptable way. They refused to fix serious IMAP compatibility problems, so we were forced to switch to Thunderbird at only the 0.3 release. It was already better than Eudora, for us, and of course freer and cheaper. For the most part we have not upgraded since then, but we will, probably at the next milestone.

Brooklyn Museum is a community-minded institution. We care what our visitors think and want to invite commentary about, and respond to their interests and emotions. The open-source model is a very good fit for that vision; it gives me, as IT Manager, a way to incorporate our IT operations into the mission of the institution. So although we are cash-poor, we fund open-source projects where we can (primarily OpenACS development that has not yet gotten back to the public, and now we're working on a Mozilla Kiosk implementation that will be open-sourced) in order to be more community-minded. But it's critical to state that we aren't doing this primarily, or even mainly, for philosophical reasons: Thunderbird is the better email client, and Firefox is, by far, the better browser. It's time for just about everyone to switch.