Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 14th Jan 2008 23:16 UTC, submitted by Tanked
Legal The European Commission is launching two new anti-competition investigations against US computer giant Microsoft. The first will look at whether Microsoft unfairly ties its Explorer internet browser to its Windows operating system. In the parallel investigation, the Commission will look at the interoperability of Microsoft software with rival products. Note: Remember the OSNews comic? Here is a new comic, which, for now, is attached to the story it relates to. We are working on a separate section for the comic, but until that is done, I will sporadically publish comics this way. I have a whole stack of comics ready for when that section goes live - and you can see the name for the comic too, if you look "closely". Enjoy the new comic, titled "Hawaii".
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RE[5]: IE In Explorer?
by phoudoin on Fri 18th Jan 2008 16:11 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: IE In Explorer?"
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Bundling is quite often in the consumer's best interest


Again, who knows. It's all subjective.

As your statement bundling is quite often in the consumer's best interest.
It's all subjective. To be precise, only each consumer knows, and every consumer have their own position on such topic.

Question: How do you propose that the average person download an alternate browser without an existing browser?

wget. Debian apt-get. Update Manager. Or whatever an operating system these days call his online packages download feature.
Thanks god, you don't need a full bloated web browser to save an URL response into a file! As you don't need a pre-installed packages installation framework.

At least there is no reason any operating system should needs those. If they're, that's a design issue. Or purpose, in some case (aka lock-in design). Like with Microsoft Windows Update who required Internet Explorer, couldn't show you what packages are available without opening a full web page and refused to use your default web browser. All designed by Microsoft.

Badly or on purpose, your call.

Long live to Zero Install or similar systems!

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