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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While we're at it...
by leech on Mon 27th Jul 2009 13:03 UTC
leech
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2006-01-10

Let's also have choices of text editors too, vi or nano or emacs!

All craziness aside, while I tend to agree with the fact that IE pretty much sucks because it's not standards compliant, and that MS purposefully made it as such, then bundled it with the OS to try to rule the Web.

What I don't agree with is the EU sticking their nose into it because Opera is being a cry baby.

The reason it'll never happen with Linux distributions is because Opera is closed source. The end. No other arguments could make any Linux Distro provide an option for it.

What MS should do is just set up a web page that is set to the default HOME page for IE when you first install. This page should say 'If you think our product sucks, you can also try any of these Web Browsers.' Or something like that. IE itself has too many APIs and libraries embedded deep within Windows to fully pull all of it out.

I wonder how well it would work for those programs that directly run iexplore.exe if you made that some sort of short cut to point to firefox.exe ;)

Anyhow, just some random thoughts I chose to share.

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