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Funeral Being Held Today For IE6 194

An anonymous reader writes "More than 100 people, many of them dressed in black, are expected to gather around a coffin Thursday to say goodbye to an old friend. The deceased? Internet Explorer 6. The aging Web browser, survived by its descendants Internet Explorer 7 and Internet Explorer 8, is being eulogized at a tongue-in-cheek 'funeral' hosted by Aten Design Group, a design firm in Denver, Colorado."


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Funeral Being Held Today For IE6

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  • by davidwr ( 791652 ) on Thursday March 04, 2010 @12:47PM (#31359272) Homepage Journal

    ... and nothing changed ...

  • Just remember... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Rufty ( 37223 ) on Thursday March 04, 2010 @12:48PM (#31359286) Homepage
    Decapitate, stake through the heart, and bury underneath a crossroads, just to make sure it won't come back.
  • Stay dead! (Score:4, Funny)

    by dk90406 ( 797452 ) on Thursday March 04, 2010 @12:49PM (#31359306)
    If I were to attend the funeral it would only be to ensure that it is truly dead! I would carry a stake, an axe and an EMP-gun in case the beast tries to rise again.
    • Or, in this case, a web page with instructions to press F1...
    • I wanted to say something similar, that I hope for open coffin so I can check for myself that it is really, really IE6 and that it's really, really dead.

  • by pete-classic ( 75983 ) <> on Thursday March 04, 2010 @12:49PM (#31359308) Homepage Journal

    I'm inclined to show up, very drunk, and make a scene. Certainly calling the deceased "my abuser". Probably inexplicably accusing the mourners of being "hypocrites" and/or "phonies". Possibly culminating in me falling into the grave and freaking out.


  • I'm waiting to dance on it's grave. It's been dead for years but some disgusting people out there just keep hanging on to it's rotting corpse.
    • by Machtyn ( 759119 )
      Sadly, I just opened up a brand new Dell computer. Intel Core 2 Duo (E7500), 4GB RAM, 160GB HDD, Windows XP SP3... and what do I see presented to me as I access the Windows Update site? Ah, there it is, Internet Explorer 6. It's either only mostly dead or feeling fine and wanting to take a walk.
      • by MikeFM ( 12491 )
        I will call it the zombie bride and run screaming before it can enfold me in it's embrace and eat my brain.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    This ceremony is all well and good, but of course it doesn't change the reality that approximately 30% of all web users still use IE6, either out of ignorance or because the company they work for doesn't allow any other browser...

    In some countries, especially Korea and Japan, usage still hovers around 75%. IE6 has better support for the languages used there than its successors, and significantly better support tha even Firefox, Opera, Chrome and Safari offer.

    • Looking at the usage stats for my employer's two largest websites (which are "general use" websites and not in any way targeted at techies) I see IE6 going down from 5.5 - 6% at the start of the year to just under 5% in the last couple of weeks and from what I've heard from others they have similar numbers, at this point IE6 is completely marginalized on the web, the last places you'll find widespread IE6 usage is on certain corporate networks (and even those are slowly migrating away from it) and with thos

  • funeral? (Score:3, Funny)

    by circletimessquare ( 444983 ) <circletimessquare&gmail,com> on Thursday March 04, 2010 @12:53PM (#31359354) Homepage Journal

    couldn't we instead pillory and behead it, tie it to a stake and alight it on a burning pyre, and then stomp on its corpse?

  • I am so sorry for you loss and offer my deep felt sympathy

    While can say I hardly knew the deceased i felt a deep sense of loss upon hearing of their demise

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  • Wishful thinking (Score:5, Insightful)

    by mackil ( 668039 ) <movie&moviesoundclips,net> on Thursday March 04, 2010 @12:54PM (#31359376) Homepage Journal
    This is all wishful thinking. Google ending support will not be the "final nail" in the proverbial coffin. IE 6 will continue to live in the corporate world (my own included unfortunately) for many years to come. This may be the first step, but its dancing before the music has started in my opinion.
    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Promethus ( 564938 )
      Sadly true; most very large corporations I've worked for are still standardised on IE6 as are most government entities in the UK due to buying some awful piece of software that's tied to it. I think the real death of IE6 will come when governments start to drop support for it on their portals, but I'm not holding my breath for my (UK) government to lead the charge on that one.
    • Major web development projects with IE6 have ended. In the Battle of the Internet, Mozilla Firefox and our Webkit competitors have prevailed. And now our team is engaged in programming and redesigning that site.

    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      Considering my girlfriends work still uses IE 5, suggesting IE 6 is dead is wishful thinking.
    • who still use IE6 for the sheer enjoyment of it. And while we may be stuck with IE6 because IE7 and IE8 aren't supported on an XP SP1 computer, we still love it. (Yes, some of us are stuck, for upgrading to SP2 causes problems, breaks software, and no, I am not kidding.) And this is a personal computer, not a corporate one.

  • by llvllatrix ( 839969 ) on Thursday March 04, 2010 @12:55PM (#31359396)
    A live code base and a retired code base have the same number of lines.
  • Official Site (Score:5, Informative)

    by Spansh ( 219937 ) on Thursday March 04, 2010 @01:06PM (#31359580) Homepage

    The official site is here []

    Don't know why it wasn't included in the summary.

    • As if you have to ask. It can be summed up in one word:

      Oh Samzenpus, why do you keep thinking you can fanangle your submissions into a 'real' category. Keep it in idle where you belong. Of course, asking that is like asking a retarded child not to crap it's pants.

  • by strangemachinex ( 1659711 ) on Thursday March 04, 2010 @01:06PM (#31359584)
    What's wrong with these people?
    • it appears you are complaining about someone wasting their time on the internet

      in a comment on slashdot


      while i repair my irony detector, please think about the meaning of concepts like "hypocrisy", "equivalency", and "lack of perspective"

      k thx

    • What's wrong with these people?

      They hadn't been to a party in a little while. You will discover that in real life, many adults enjoy social gatherings. A justification that gives them an excuse to get together with friends and strangers of common interests is as good as any other.

      In a week or so, you'll see a lot of people of all nationalities wearing green and drinking colored beer. This is a waste of time by your standards, particularly for the celebrants who are not of Irish descent. The happy partygoers will probably not be intereste

    • by ameoba ( 173803 )

      Can you say "publicity stunt"?

    • by Eil ( 82413 )

      What's wrong with these people?

      Until you've had to design a good-looking, full-featured, production-ready website for IE6, you can never truly understand.

  • I see that I'm actually "running" IE 6.0.whatever.

    I never actually "use" it (use in quotes because who knows? the system is probably utilizing components of it for something stupid, like image display or file searching or playing the shutdown wav file), and I keep everything patched, but I suppose I'm possibly part of the problem... I am wary of what updating to 7 or 8 would do as far as installing more stuff on my otherwise working systems..

    Is there any consensus as far as whether to upgrade or patch
  • Read this on CNN (Score:4, Interesting)

    by mattwrock ( 1630159 ) <> on Thursday March 04, 2010 @01:11PM (#31359676)
    Ordinarily, I wouldn't post this [], but the comments from non-techies are eye opening. They believe it's a "ploy" from Microsoft to get you to upgrade to Windows 7. You can pry IE 6 from their cold dead hands. IE 6 unfortunately, isn't dying anytime soon.
  • by Locke2005 ( 849178 ) on Thursday March 04, 2010 @01:19PM (#31359774)
    Tell me where the grave site is, and I'll go put my dancing shoes on!
  • by Snowhare ( 263311 ) on Thursday March 04, 2010 @01:21PM (#31359800)

    your ears;

    I come to bury IE6, not to praise it.
    The evil that Microsoft does lives after it;
    The good is oft interred with their code;
    So let it be with IE6, The noble Stallman
    Hath told you IE6 was ambitious:
    If it were so, it was a grievous fault;
    And grievously hath IE6 answer'd it.
    Here, under leave of Ballmer and the rest, -
    For IE6 is an honorable browser;
    So are they all, all honorable browsers, -
    Come I to speak in IE6's funeral.
    It was my friend, faithful and just to me:
    But Stallman says he was ambitious;
    And Stallman is an honorable man.

    • by sconeu ( 64226 )

      Dammit. You beat me to it. I was busy doing Real Work(tm), or I'd have posted a very similar item.

  • "More than 100 people, many of them dressed in black, are expected to gather around a coffin Thursday to say goodbye to an old fiend....

    There, I corrected you.

    "Hail, Hail! The Witch is Dead"

    "And there was great rejoicing."


  • and thanks for all the bugs and backdoors!
  • So we all know where to pee.

  • There seemed to lurk in IE6's bearing some cryptic, sardonic arrogance, as if he had come to find all human beings dull though having moved among stranger and more potent entities. He was, of course, virtually an outcast, suspected of vague horrors and daemoniac alliances which seemed all the more menacing because they could not be named, understood, or even proved to exist.

    I met him once when I was younger and he shewed me a mangled frame containing the incomprehensible word "YOGSOTHOTHE" and promised me
  • I am tempted to go just to see how many would come, and how many are just there, like me, to see how many came.

  • Not that I would advocate any such thing, but it should would be nice if someone would use one of the many security holes in IE6 to quietly and automatically upgrade all IE6 installations to IE8.

    • Not that I would advocate any such thing, but it should would be nice if someone would use one of the many security holes in IE6 to quietly and automatically upgrade all IE6 installations to IE8.

      Yes, the version of IE8 with that little orange fox logo.

      That should would be nice.

  • For some companies, people are stuck on IE 6 for a variety of reasons:

    • ActiveX - I can't tell you how many poorly-designed browser-interface applications (made by large vendors in fact) rely on IE 6's specific way of downloading, handling and instantiating ActiveX controls. This is especially true for the crazy ones like a VPN app that downloads and installs an entire network driver and stack.
    • Apps - see above, these are often vertical market apps with very few customers. There's little incentive to upgrade t
    • by BUL2294 ( 1081735 ) on Thursday March 04, 2010 @02:58PM (#31361034)
      It didn't help that Microsoft didn't offer IE7 to Windows 2000 users. Sure, all W2K support ends in June, but not offering it artificially kept organizations on IE6...

      Why would it have been important? If you were running a mixed W2K-XP shop in the 2006-2009 era, 2006 being the first year of availability for IE7, you kept IE6 unless you wanted to spend big bucks to support two browser versions internally. W2K was still in wide corporate use in 2006-2007--IE7 and Office 2007 were the first major apps that wouldn't run on W2K...

      Personally, I think that not offering IE7 on W2K was a huge mistake... It would be the equivalent of Microsoft not offering IE8 on XP.
  • More than 100 people, many of them dressed in black, are expected to gather around a coffin Thursday to say goodbye to an old demented uncle that constantly shat himself, never understood anything we told him and we all hoped would just friggin DIE already!

    There. Fixed.

    If the new national IT infrastructure includes Death Panels for software, I'm all for it.

  • It just smells that way.

  • Why would anybody mourn the death of that piece of crap?

  • The Googlioni family sends a message. IE6 sleeps with the fishes.
    This is what happens when you say you are going to "fucking bury Google."
  • I'm reading this article from a workstation running IE6, because that's the SOE for where I work. Non SOe software which is not authorised (and alternate browsers are not authorised) are heavily and actively policed.

    I'm sure I'm not the only one in that situation.

    • Non SOe software which is not authorised (and alternate browsers are not authorised) are heavily and actively policed.

      I wouldn't feel accepted as a professional in such an environment.

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