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Old 10-14-2006, 09:26 PM   #1
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Web pages that are incompatible with Linux and browsers

I don't know where to go to ask this general question, so I thought I'd try here.

The teachers in my board, and many others, have recently been set up to prepare reports online.

This made me very happy, as the program that I used to use gave me nothing but headaches running with wine in Linux, and in windows. This program was the only reason I kept a windows machine around the house.

But when I went to the web page, expecting a nice login prompt, I was greeted with a nasty quote stating that the web-page was "incompatible with my OS."

I tried all the browsers on my system, Opera, Konqueror, Firefox, and Epiphany. Frustrated, I fired up a Windows machine, and Firefox, and was greeted with a message stating that this page was incompatible with my browser. Only the ietab extension in firefox will actually load the page.

I have asked around in my IT department but I am wildly disregarded. I have contacted the application designers, but the support dept does not cater to individual users, I should contact my board's IT dept. for that.

Does anyone know anything about how and why I might be experiencing these messages?
Is it a simple programming thing? Are people using macs likely to have the same problems (being UNIX based as well)?

btw I tried using ie with wine, but it simply terminates before it even fully starts.

I can concede using a browser that I would rather not, just to access this one page, but having to change the whole OS seems a bit much.


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Old 10-14-2006, 09:37 PM   #2
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Try using IE in Crossover Office or Ie4linux.
Main Page - IEs4Linux

Its probably using some stupid activex coding that only IE will recognize.
Old 10-14-2006, 09:53 PM   #3
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There's always the chance that it doesn't actually use any of these controls, but that front page or something like it is being a nazi. If that's the case you can tell your browser to identify itself as IE.
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Normally, the setup of WINE is dangerous because one of its drives always links to the /. Of course you can remove it, but WINE is dependent on this drive. WINE could run viruses. By running WINE you have the possibility of infecting your Linux system with a Windows virus even though there are tight permissions. The most reliable and secure way is to use VMware.

I just hate to hear and read someone experiencing monkey in the middle. I suggest asking your IT to create a program do the task you want in JAVA. Java works on Linux, Windows, and Macs.


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