Here at West Virginia University the Campus e-mail is provided by a Web Based Interfaced Called "The MIX". Its a Java web Client that allows people to logon check and write Email and check thier class schedual and do some other random things.
After Writing an email to the service asking them why they do not allow connections from Linux cleints (even when running supported browsers such as Netscape navagator) the reply I got was:
Campus Pipeline nor SCT Banner supports Linux and are not tested on LINUX. Please do not use it because it has compromised MIX before and taken it down when it is hit by multiple people using LINUX. The companies that we buy this software from will only certify the product for the browsers listed on the stoplight page. We know that people can trick it and we have also brought these people in for hearings because it has compromised the system.
Director of Web Communications
Is Is Just Me or does That Email make NO SENSE? how does having a Linux based computer connecting to a Java based web service compramise anything. The Reason Why she mentioned trickig the system was becuase I mentioned that the system even works fine when viewed from Konqueror, but only after making it ID itself as IE 6.0 on windows XP (or any other windows version).
I cannot fathom how having a Linux based operating system conenct to the system can compramise anything....am I wrong?