Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 27th Jul 2009 07:29 UTC
Opera Software Last week, the European Commission announced that Microsoft is willing to implement a browser ballot screen in Windows so that users can select a browser to install when installing Windows or when setting up their OEM computer. While this makes Opera very happy, Opera would like to see Ubuntu and Apple offer such a ballot screen too.
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Will not make any difference
by Isolationist on Mon 27th Jul 2009 12:17 UTC
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The majority of users will probably just ignore Opera from the ballot box and click on the browser they've heard of (e.g. IE or Firefox). I think it is just wishful thinking on Opera to think this will make a significant difference to the usage of their browser.

If I was in the business of writing my own distro, I wouldn't want the added complexity of providing an option during installation or user setup, and then the extra work to integrate all the different browsers.

Something like this would have a made a difference many years ago when browsers were finding their way in the market, but I think the moment has already passed now as you can easily interchange between them and your favourite website still works (in most cases).

Edited 2009-07-27 12:22 UTC

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