Blackboard Inc.: Linux is not supported

It must have been early in the year 2001 that I wiped Microsoft Windows from my PC. For good. Since that time there has been only Linux on any of my PC’s. I am a happy Linux user. I simply love it.

This summer my university upgraded to Blackboard release 7.2. Suddenly I could no longer submit any assignments because everytime I do so, Blackboard pops up a window saying “Please enter a valid filename.”. Obviously some javascript checking the form content. Very annoying. Not only for me, but for every student or teacher that prefers Linux.
I addressed this issue through our official Blackboard Inc. support channel. I quote the answer I got from them.: “As for the Linux problem, per the Release Notes, Linux is not a supported end user configuration.”. For me this is simply unbelievable.
Luckily open minded people found a solution to work around Blackboard’s unwillingness to fix this issue. You have to make a folder in your home directory called “BB:”. From there you can upload without a problem. Another suggested solution is to make your Firefox browser appear as a Mac OS X running Safari. For this you have to install the Firefox user agent switcher. Change user agent to type “Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; PPC Mac OS X; en) AppleWebKit/125.2 (KHTML, like Gecko) Safari/85.8” (without quotes). This should work although I didn’t test it.

Reference (ironically on a Blackboard discussion site): Ask Dr. C