Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 13th Aug 2009 22:06 UTC
Internet Explorer Let's continue the browser talk for a while. Let's move from the pinnacle of browsing, all the way down to the very drainage pit: Internet Explorer 6. To me, Internet Explorer 6 is that annoying zombie that just won't die that chops off 80 of your health in a grueling midnight Left 4 Dead expert session. Microsoft may not say so outright, but they seem to be implying they agree with me.
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I have a confession to make. I, an admin of Linux desktops, dedicated to Truth, Justice, and the American Way, and all that sort of rot, am in a position of supporting IE6's presence on the Internet.

How did this strange state of affairs come about? Well, it's a sad and sordid tale. Microsoft was so successful in promoting IE6 that a number of business critical sites, which my clients need to use every day in order to conduct their core business, absolutely require IE. I was forced, kicking and screaming, into providing IE6 under Crossover Office to my users. (There was simply no other way. And believe me, I looked for one.) Until recently... the only supported version of IE was IE6. IE7 is now "supported". But it doesn't work worth a damn.

So every time one of my users goes out with IE6 to one of these sites, we are casting another vote for IE6 on the web. AND THERE'S NOT A DAMNED THING I CAN DO ABOUT IT! Can you hear my resentment?

Oh, we use Epiphany as our primary browser. And I sternly discourage the use of IE for anything that does not require it. But it still makes me feel dirty, that despite all my best intentions it has come to this.

Edited 2009-08-13 22:43 UTC

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