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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Thom - stop this negative spin
by waynej on Mon 27th Jul 2009 12:40 UTC
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Q: In your opinion, should Apple also be expected to offer a ballot box for its computers? Should Ubuntu?

The Microsoft case is based on antitrust law, something that only applies to monopolies. Apple and Ubuntu are not monopolies as per the legal definition of a monopoly. Still, it may be a good idea to offer it; the browser is the most important tool for most of us, and having access to better browsers is a good thing.

What exactly is wrong with the answer Lie gave?

He is essentially correct. Being up front about the alternatives available would not be a bad thing and in the context of the question asked gave an entirely logical answer. Remember, he answered a question that was asked - this was not a missive issued from Opera Towers that all OS's must have a ballot box.

How exactly should he have answered?

No don't do that, giving the user this kind of option would be a disaster - the end of the world would ensue. Are you mad...

When I read the originating article I was struck by Lie's assertion that having the ballot box would in all likely hood improve IE as Microsoft would, for the first time in years, have to compete in this particular arena as opposed to relying on inertia.

This is starting to become a bit of a theme with Osnews. We know that Kroc and Thom despise the very ground that the Opera guys walk on and they would happily grind up the Opera guys families and blast their ground up remains into the heart of the sun then blow it up with a sun-destructo 9000 gun because of a black part on the release 10 beta, but please, please stop this already. Lie answered the question asked with an entirely understandable response, the negative spin put on this story is way out of line with the actual story.

I actually believe that compelling MS to be standards compliant would be the best approach for all but accusing Opera of being, essentially, contemptible because they want to find some mechanism to improve their market penetration is a bit off.

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