LinuxUser, the magazine that broke the story about the UK
Government gateway, has made a copy of their article available. The
previous link we included was to the Register: the linked item is
the original article. In addition, we have a PDF of the rationale
provided for the gateway's current policies regarding assorted
platforms and browsers. The statement includes some statistics on
browser and OS traffic the site's received to this point.
Among the points of interest in the rationale statement are the
breakdown of visiting browsers and operating systems. According to
the document, Internet Explorer in assorted versions represents
over 70% of the traffic the site receives. Netscape Navigator 4
claims just over 11%, as does the "Not Specified" category. Opera,
Netscape 6, and "Others" all claim less than 1% apiece.
In terms of operating system traffic, Windows NT/98/95 represent
approximately 75%; MacOS represents under 1.5%, and Linux
According to the rationale statement, the "Office of the
e-envoy," which oversees the gateway, will be providing funding
"some activity by the open source community" to address
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