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Infoworld is reporting that IBM's initiative to move their employees over to Linux desktops is being plagued by, of all things, web-browser incompatibilities, in large part with their own internal applications:
Though IBM volunteers have set up an internal IRC (Internet relay chat) channel where Linux problems are discussed online, users may experience problems running IBM's internal Web applications. Most of those applications are written for the Internet Explorer browser, which has not been ported to Linux. Internet Explorer is the only browser supported by IBM's internal support desk, according to another IBMer.

"If you don't use Internet Explorer, you might not get very far with them helping you with the problem," he said.



So, how do things fare for you?


Poll #425112 How do you browse?

Which OSes do you use on your personal/office desktop/notebook PC?

Windows
8(44.4%)
MacOS
0(0.0%)
Linux
0(0.0%)
BSD
0(0.0%)
Other UNIX variant
0(0.0%)
Other
0(0.0%)

Which web browsers do you use?

Microsoft Internet Explorer
0(0.0%)
AOL browser, NetCaptor, NeoPlanet, or other browsers that use the IE engine
0(0.0%)
Mozilla (suite)
0(0.0%)
Mozilla Firefox
3(16.7%)
Galeon
0(0.0%)
Camino
0(0.0%)
Other Gecko based browser
0(0.0%)
Safari
0(0.0%)
Konqueror
0(0.0%)
Other KHTML based browser
0(0.0%)
Opera
0(0.0%)
Lynx
0(0.0%)
Other
0(0.0%)

What percentage of web sites that you visit for personal/home use require you to use Internet Explorer?

Mean: 4.72 Median: 5 Std. Dev 4.56
0(0.0%)
0
7(38.9%)
5
6(33.3%)
10
4(22.2%)
15
1(5.6%)
20
0(0.0%)
25
0(0.0%)
30
0(0.0%)
35
0(0.0%)
40
0(0.0%)
45
0(0.0%)
50
0(0.0%)
55
0(0.0%)
60
0(0.0%)
65
0(0.0%)
70
0(0.0%)
75
0(0.0%)
80
0(0.0%)
85
0(0.0%)
90
0(0.0%)
95
0(0.0%)
100
0(0.0%)

What percentage of external (suppliers, partners, etc.) web sites that you use at the office require you to use Internet Explorer?

Mean: 7.22 Median: 5 Std. Dev 14.46
0(0.0%)
0
7(38.9%)
5
7(38.9%)
10
3(16.7%)
15
0(0.0%)
20
0(0.0%)
25
0(0.0%)
30
0(0.0%)
35
0(0.0%)
40
0(0.0%)
45
0(0.0%)
50
0(0.0%)
55
0(0.0%)
60
0(0.0%)
65
1(5.6%)
70
0(0.0%)
75
0(0.0%)
80
0(0.0%)
85
0(0.0%)
90
0(0.0%)
95
0(0.0%)
100
0(0.0%)

What percentage of internal web resources that you use at the office require you to use Internet Explorer?

Mean: 11.18 Median: 0 Std. Dev 25.12
0(0.0%)
0
10(58.8%)
5
2(11.8%)
10
3(17.6%)
15
0(0.0%)
20
0(0.0%)
25
0(0.0%)
30
0(0.0%)
35
0(0.0%)
40
0(0.0%)
45
0(0.0%)
50
1(5.9%)
55
0(0.0%)
60
0(0.0%)
65
0(0.0%)
70
0(0.0%)
75
0(0.0%)
80
0(0.0%)
85
0(0.0%)
90
0(0.0%)
95
0(0.0%)
100
1(5.9%)

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Comments
mineral2 From: mineral2 Date: January 25th, 2005 09:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
I would have uninstalled IE completely from all computers that I come in contact with, except that its required to run windows updates. Though with automatic updates, I'm not sure whether IE is needed or not.
kingfox From: kingfox Date: January 25th, 2005 10:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hobokendelivery.com, a few Microsoft game giveaways, and the like require I use IE.

What internal sites am I forgetting that require IE?
windexcowboy From: windexcowboy Date: January 25th, 2005 11:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Only thing that comes to mind for me is Novell iManager, and in that case, it is not a strict requirement, just that it's kind of crappy if you use something other than IE. Mozilla will be fully supported in iManager 2.5, btw.
shmivejournal From: shmivejournal Date: January 26th, 2005 08:40 am (UTC) (Link)
Lots of little stupid stuff requires internet explorer, usually not for added functionality so much as the developer is an idiot.

Horizon HMO requires internet explorer for their provider lookup mechanism. A lot of internal Princeton apps are IE-only just because the coder was too lazy to check on other browsers.

A lot of peoplesoft stuff is IE only, and a lot of "secure" sensitive apps are IE only too.

Lame. With the rising mozilla numbers though, it might be attractive to switch. Especially if google steps in.
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