Om points out grants.gov bias against Apple. The portion of the Washingtonpost.com article New Grant System Excludes Mac Users that I was able to read was light on details, so I did some looking around at Grants.gov. It didn’t take much.
Windows 98, ME, NT 4.0, 2000, XP
500 Mhz processor
128 MB of RAM
40 MB disk space
Web browser: Internet Explorer 5.01 or higher, Netscape Communicator 4.5 – 4.8, Netscape 6.1, 6.2, or 7
So the only way to submit an application to grants.gov for a government grant is purchase software from a government convicted monopoly? Talk about getting it coming and going. A few quick stop by Google shows that PureEdge is now owned by web and called IBM Workplace Forms. But apparently they have a plan for non-Windows users, their PureEdge software will be available for other-than-Windows-platforms (OTWP) “by November 2006”.
I don’t know what these forms look like, I’ve never used them, but if this boils down to having special software to fill out forms I’ll be very, very disappointed. Hey grants.gov, 1989 called, they want their proprietary Windows only software back.