If you’re using the default Mozilla Firefox that comes with Ubuntu Linux, you might realize that you can’t use the full version of Windows Live Hotmail. (I like the fact that I can right-click and choose to mark as read, something the plain HTML version doesn’t allow me in any simple way.)
This isn’t because Microsoft is blocking Linux, as some people believe. The reason is that the version Ubuntu ships replaces “Firefox” with “Ubuntu” in one of its settings, and this is the setting that WLH seems to need for the full version of its AJAX interface.
All you need to do is modify a string. Go to about:config (you type that in the address bar), and search for the following setting:
It should say Ubuntu. Double-click on it, and a pop-up prompt will allow you to change it. Type Firefox, hit OK.
Now you should be able to go to the full version of Windows Live Hotmail.