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Mac and Linux users blacklisted from hurricane relief - 9/9/2005 3:58:07 AM   
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The now very much criticised US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has stopped Mac and Linux victims of hurricane Katrina from applying for relief.
 The agency, which is already in hot water for its lack-lustre rescue efforts in New Orleans, has created a web-based service that only works for users of Windows and IE6.

So far only Mac users that have Opera, which can make an attempt to show that it is an IE6 machine, are able to access the claims service.

According to online magazine Ars Technica, relief workers are frustrated at being tied to Windows by FEMA's online services.

They have to spend precious aid money on Windows OS licenses as they set up terminals to help thousands of hurricane victims initiate the claims process.

They are complaining that Windows XP workstations take ages to set up, patch and configure, when they could do the whole thing a lot quicker on Linux.

Some hardware, which has been donated to the cause, will not run Windows XP.

More here and here.


Source : The Inquirer
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