Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 23rd Dec 2006 17:45 UTC
X11, Window Managers Apparently, my article a few days ago caused a bigger stir than I had anticipated, not at all unrelated to the fact that my wordings may not have been optimal. So, let me clarify things a bit.
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RE[5]: What is this all about?
by MamiyaOtaru on Sun 24th Dec 2006 12:43 UTC
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I think Thom is saying that people complain about stuff like IE and MSN and WMP being bundled (labelling it unfair), and then he deems it hypocritical when Windows is criticized for not including things like xvid or yahoo support.

He has missed the point though. Those two seemingly different positions aren't necessarily hypocritical at all. For me, it's not a matter of disliking Windows for including or not including software X. It's a lack of choice in the matter that bothers me.

You can't get Windows without IE. You can't get Windows with ICQ. Both are a complaint about lack of choice.

It is not hypocritical at all to wish I could dump IE, and wish I didn't have to hunt around various websites to get xvid, ICQ etc support, and I'm not alone in seeing both as (non fatal) failings of the Windows model.

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