Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 26th Jan 2009 11:56 UTC
Internet & Networking Earlier this month, news got out that the European Commission is charging Microsoft with unlawful competition regarding its bundling of the Internet Explorer web bowser with Windows. At the time, information was scarce, but thanks to Microsoft's quarterly filing at the Securities and Exchange Commission. we now have a little more insight into what the EU might force Microsoft to do.
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RE: Abitrary and unfair
by raver31 on Tue 27th Jan 2009 10:11 UTC in reply to "Abitrary and unfair"
raver31
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2005-07-06

Why can some people not see the differences ?
Microsoft force IE onto every Windows PC. It cannot be removed without breaking the whole system.

Can XP run Windows Update without IE installed on the PC ? NO.

With Linux you are NOT forced to use any piece of software, YOU have the freedom to pick and choose, to remove (TOTALLY, WITHOUT TRACE) of any browser without breaking things.

Don't like Firefox ? fine, remove it and stick on Epiphany, dont like that ? fine, remove it and stick on Konqueror, none of them will damage the system if you add/remove them. They are not inherently locked so deep into the system.

The main difference is this. On Linux, a browser is a browser. Just another application.

On Windows, IE is a required mandatory system component that Microsoft want you to keep on the system, and make it too hard to remove.

Before the Microsoft shills retort with "IE can be removed", I am talking about the application, not the icon !

Edited 2009-01-27 10:29 UTC

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