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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ubuntu and apple are scared to death that they also have to include ballast on netbooks or iphones to include other browser choices than their own choice....

What kind of crack are you on? The need for the ballot screen is directly related to the fact of MS using its undeniable monopoly in desktop operating systems to leverage the Internet Explorer *application*. When Ubuntu (or any other distro) gains a monopoly in desktop operating systems, then and only then would it be appropriate to worry about forcing them to do anything. Furthermore, Ubuntu already makes Konqueror available by default, via Kubuntu, and offers Firefox, Epiphany, Konqueror, Midori, Dillo, Lynx, elinks, links, Aurora, Galeon, Netsurf, links2, rekonq, seamonkey, and no doubt others which I am forgetting via click, click, click, in Synaptics... and even in the simplified Add/Remove apps utility. (Arguably a lot of these *shouldn't* be in the simplified utility.) Opera's not there because it does not meet the clearly stated criteria for inclusion. If it did it would be there.

Edit: I just finished reviewing a few of your previous posts on similar topics, and I must say that the magnitude of your disconnection with reality is notable.

Edited 2009-07-27 15:07 UTC

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