[K12OSN] IE requirement

anthony baldwin anthonybaldwin at snet.net
Sun May 23 23:13:13 UTC 2004

Shahms E. King wrote:
> On Sat, 2004-05-22 at 21:30 -1000, pnakashi at k12.hi.us wrote:
>>Hi all,
>>Our district has recently standardized all administrative web app
>>development to IE. This has put a crimp into our fledgling K12LTSP
>>project (3 elementary schools, 90 clients). We've been tossing around
>>the following options:
> I know this isn't a very constructive response, but standardizing on IE
> is a huge mistake at this point.  Not only is it the worst browser
> available at the moment (on almost every single point, including
> features) but it won't see an update for at least 2 more years
> (according to Microsoft's best estimate).  And even then the update will
> only be available with Longhorn.  IE as at end-of-life for every other
> platform and I doubt you want to upgrade every single computer to
> Longhorn.  Even considering that the only platform you care about is
> Windows (There will *never* be another IE for the Mac, not even bug
> fixes), Internet Explorer is the worst option.  It's already a long ways
> behind Opera, Konqueror and Mozilla in features, standards compliance,
> speed, etc. and will only get more so in the next 2 years.  If you can,
> you should do what you can to get whoever is responsible to reconsider
> this decision.

May I quote this in my arguments for OSS?

Anthony Baldwin
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