Dear Linux Users, Kimberly-Clark Doesn’t Want Your Business

October 27, 2010 by
Filed under: linux, news, opinion, web development 

I became a father this past June. If you're a regular reader of my site, you've probably noticed my decrease in posting frequency since then. Much of the time that used to be spent tinkering with Linux is now spent changing diapers, buying diapers, feeding my daughter, etc.

Both Pampers and Huggies have rewards programs where you collect codes from the packaging to accumulate points. These points can then be redeemed for free products by registering for the program on their websites. Everything works fine on the Pampers website, but when you try to visit the website for Huggies Enjoy the Ride Rewards program, you are greeted with a page telling you that Linux is not supported.

No rewards for Linux

OK, no big deal. Just change the user agent string in Firefox and try again.

Affiliate Link

Huggies Flash Fail

Um, no. The genius web devs decided that they also needed to verify that you have the proper version of Flash installed for your spoofed OS. It looks like the web developers for Kimberly-Clark, makers of Huggies diapers, worked hard to keep us Linux users out.

Well, you can decide what you want to do. This Linux dad is going to buy Pampers products from now on.

Comments

5 Responses to “Dear Linux Users, Kimberly-Clark Doesn’t Want Your Business”

  1. RavenHound says:

    Like socialflea, I got it to work by using"
    "Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; PPC Mac OS X Mach-O; en-US; rv:1.8.0.3) Gecko/20060426 Firefox/1.5.0.3"
    since Mac and Linux are on the same Flash version # ;)

  2. socialflea says:

    I got it to work by using the user agent Opera/9.0 (Macintosh; PPC Mac OS X; U; en)

  3. dar says:

    Pampers ALERT
    g'day prof Linerd,
    -please be forewarned :
    Short URL: http://con.st/10004957
    parenting
    New Dry Max Pampers Causing Rash, Burns, Sores, Boils?
    http://www.google.ca/search?q=pampers+burns%2Crash&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=com.ubuntu:en-US:unofficial&client=firefox-a
    cheers

  4. Ahmad Amr says:

    Although we don't have their products in Egypt, but I totally agree with your point and action, but I guess you should do one more thing: Send them feedback and tell them about your problem, maybe it's one stupid developer's decision, not the business owner's one :)

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