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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The problem as I see it
by deathshadow on Mon 27th Jul 2009 15:42 UTC
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Is who makes the list and who doesn't? K-Meleon, Flock, SeaMonkey, Amaya, Maxthon, Avante, Phaseout, Flashpeak Slim... Where's that magical line going to be drawn...

... and my biggest problem is the use of the courts to bypass law or even the sense of law, a common affliction when suddenly people want 'special treatment' to hobble someone else's success. For any law to be fair it must apply equally to all parties... in that way I think that if Microsoft is going to have this shoved down their throat, then it should be shoved down EVERY OS makers throat - but I've been saying that since back when the EU went after them for bundling media player.

I don't see *nix distros dragged into court or pissed on with sour grapes for bundling totem and firefox, nor do we see Apple being similarly pursued for bundling iTunes and Safari... To this complaint you'll get the classic "Oh but they're a monopoly so they have to be treated special"

Oh, so any group or even individual should get special treatment under the law for being successful? To hell with that kind of thinking. They break the law, fine, go after them, and go after everyone else doing it to. If they didn't break the law and they are the only ones being singled out for a behavior everyone else in the same field does, then the claims are bullshit and little more than the competition being a whiny bunch of little wussies.

Anyone who thinks that singling out any group or individual for unique and special consideration under the law should do the world a favor and go read Mr. Paine's "Common Sense", as it's obvious they have none.

... and that's coming from someone who likes Opera and uses it as his primary browser - but the way they run their company is a ******* joke.

Of course Opera's problem has little to do with the browser - the browser is fine and more capable than anything else on the market (unless you count firefox after adding 20-40 megs of extensions)... Complaints about things like the UI are nitpicking, complaints about it's "lack of features" or lack of extensions is bull since 90% of what people use extensions for in FF is BUILT IN, no, their problem is more subtle, but obvious if you know ANYTHING about business.

The problem is one of promotion, which is to say they have spent next to nothing on advertising. **** sake the non-profit mozilla foundation is able to spring for TV spots and spots in the glossies... Opera's biggest advertising expenditure (ok, their only expenditure) of the past decade was some crappy billboard on the road to Redmond... Gimme a ******* break.

Edited 2009-07-27 15:49 UTC

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