writes: Ever since the new Yahoo Mail interface was made public, upon logging into Yahoo Mail it would every so often displayed the warning message that my operating system wasn't tested, and would ask me if I would like to proceed any way. It's almost 2011, and Yahoo seems to think web standards are something to continue to ignore. This "warning" message became such an annoyance that I finally emailed support. It's your typical canned response, but sad that I was told that I would need to "upgrade" my operating system from Linux to Windows or OS X. Perhaps the more humorous part is where they tell me unsupported operating systems can be a problem because I might not be using a browser they support, like Firefox, which I am using. Nice doubletalk. I responded with an "I'm switching to GMail."
Thank you for contacting Yahoo! Mail Customer Care.
I understand you are experiencing issue while using your Yahoo! Mail
account. I apologize for the inconvenience this is causing you and let
me help you with this.
It seems you are using the following unsupported Operating System:
Linux. It is likely that usage of an unsupported Operating System is
causing the issues you reported.
Most issues with Yahoo! Mail can be resolved by ensuring you're using
one of the following Operating Systems:
- Windows 2000, XP, Vista, and 7
- Mac OS X 10.4, 10.5, and 10.6
In order for your Yahoo! Mail account to function optimally, we
recommend using one of the Operating Systems listed above.
Note: Unsupported Operating Systems can also cause issues because they
often do not support the browsers listed below:
Yahoo! Mail supports the following browsers:
- Internet Explorer version 6 and newer
- Firefox version 22.214.171.124 and newer
- Safari version 3.0.4 and newer
- Google Chrome version 1 and newer
If updating your Operating System did not resolve your issue, please
reply with the following information:
- Describe the issue you are experiencing in as much detail as possible.
- Provide any steps you took leading up to the error, how frequently it
occurs, and the exact text of any error messages.
Once this information is received, we will continue to troubleshoot your
Thank you again for contacting Yahoo! Mail Customer Care.
writes: Most techies are aware of Microsoft's frontal assault against Linux called Get the Facts, but I decided to pay attention long enough to find out exactly what "facts" they were claiming. From the AMD "case study": "In 2005, AMD increased the speed of a key Oracle-based production-planning application that ran on Sun Solaris by recompiling it to run on both the Windows Server® 2003 R2 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS operating systems. With expert help from the Microsoft Field Services Account Team and Performance Tuning Corporation, AMD identified configuration errors and ways to further optimize the application's performance. In a key benchmark test, the Oracle application ran 58 percent faster on Windows Server 2003 than on Linux." If they needed help to configure Windows to run it, no doubt they were clueless about how to do it in Linux, too. I'd be interested in testing the speed of this program on my own machines to verify this. If only they told us what program it was. It was "key", after all.