Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 21st Feb 2008 15:26 UTC, submitted by Robert Kratky
Opera Software Opera Software's CEO Jon S. von Tetzchner explains why they will not release the Opera browser as open source, arguing that open standards are more important than open source. Von Tetzchner also talks about the company's antitrust complaint to the European Commission in which it accuses Microsoft of abusing its dominant position by tying Internet Explorer to Windows.
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Miscellaneous ramblings
by elsewhere on Thu 21st Feb 2008 20:38 UTC
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The good thing about Firefox's success is that web developers had it pounded through their skulls, for the most part, that it was not an IE-only world and developing as if it was could be restrictive.

The problem with Firefox's success is that web developers now tend to develop as if it was an IE or Firefox-only world. Google, of all companies, comes to mind for this.

Apple's momentum with Safari, and widerspread adoption of Webkit, will at least offer a third genuine alternative, but it's still kind of a drag that users still have to select a browser based on what works best with the web, rather than what works best for them.

I think the point he is making is that standards are pointless if a browser can earn enough marketshare to ignore them. I'd agree with that. I've always agreed that open standards are ultimately more important than open source.

Though I'm a little disappointed that they're running to the EU crying anti-trust. It's ridiculous at this point to claim MS shouldn't be including a browser.

I suppose, too, that it must be a little frustrating to see a browser that you have worked so hard to ensure standards compliance with is still dismissed, because the web caters to browser marketshare rather than standards.

Opera might be better off at this point to cut their losses and start working with Webkit, but it would be sad if that had to happen.

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