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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Just thought I'd add....
by leech on Thu 21st Feb 2008 23:54 UTC
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2006-01-10

That I think one of the main reasons why this is really the case, that Opera is crying anti-trust, is that Internet Explorer is literally shoved down the throats of everyone. Sure, Firefox is included with most Linux distributions, but even that is "most". At least all KDE based distributions ship with both Firefox and Konqueror. Debian installs Epiphany and Iceweasel (Firefox) by default.

The problem is that IE isn't even removable! Look at any Linux distribution. Unless their packaging team are retarded, you can remove Firefox all you want, and install Opera, Epiphany, Konqueror, Midori, etc.

Though it could be argued that you can't really remove Konqueror from KDE either, but I think with KDE 4 that has more or less changed.

I think that was the main problem with Windows before, Netscape was complaining that Microsoft had purposefully integrated IE so deeply within Windows 98 that it couldn't be removed and Netscape installed instead by OEMs. Bill Gates himself had said that without IE, Windows 98 would have been useless.

At least this is how I recall all of this happening, kind of amazing that this was all about 10 years ago now.

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