The US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has created a web-based service that only works for users of Windows and IE6, thereby preventing Mac and Linux users from applying for relief in the wake of hurricane Katrina. In order for non-Windows users to access the claims service, the only real course open is to try to use Opera, which can make an attempt to show that it is an IE6 machine.

According to online magazine Ars Technica, relief workers are frustrated at being tied to Windows by FEMA's online services.

They have to spend precious aid money on Windows OS licenses as they set up terminals to help thousands of hurricane victims initiate the claims process.