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The Register: Online Banks, Retailers Shut Out Linux, Opera, Konqueror Fans

Oct 24, 2002, 17:30 (33 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Leyden)

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"We've received an enormous amount of feedback from our story on the impossibility of opening money-saving online energy accounts with Scottish Power if you are a Linux or Opera user.

"Many of you reporting that it's difficult for Linux users with default browser configurations to view the Scottish Power site at all. Instead, Linux users receive an unhelpful message that "We have detected certain aspects of your system that will prevent you experiencing this site fully. These are: You are not running a Windows or Apple Macintosh operating system".

"Opera users can't use the site either, and with your help we think we've narrowed down this issue to Scottish Power's use of an antiquated version of a software tool called BrowserHawk, which incorrectly reports that Opera fails to support neither Flash or cookies.

"There is a workaround for both Opera and Linux users, but it's only partially effective..."

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