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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RE: The problem as I see it
by hangman on Mon 27th Jul 2009 21:59 UTC in reply to "The problem as I see it"
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Is who makes the list and who doesn't?

The announcement clearly says the top 5 browsers, meaning IE, Firefox, Opera, Safari, Chrome in that order. Opera has a higher market share than Safari and Chrome combined in Europe.

... 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.

Actually, this isn't about bypassing the law. It's about Microsoft breaking the law, and the law will now be enforced.

For any law to be fair it must apply equally to all parties...

It is. Microsoft is treated like any other monopolist.

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

No, because not all OSes are monopolists.

Oh, so any group or even individual should get special treatment under the law for being successful?

No. Monopolies get special treatment because all their moves have a huge impact on the market. That's the way it is across the world. Even Microsoft agrees with that.

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

They DID break the law.

... 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.

How so? The company is wildly successful, with profits more than doubling the last quarter, and constantly pulling in huge business deals.

they have spent next to nothing on advertising

That is completely wrong. Completely and utterly wrong.

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.

Wrong. You have been misled.

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