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[2]: Shove Off Opera
by segedunum on Tue 28th Jul 2009 10:40 UTC in reply to "RE: Shove Off Opera"
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Uh, what makes you think Opera wants to avoid change? Opera has been at the FOREFRONT of change. For example, Opera did mobile browsers before anyone else even considered it!

As I've said elsewhere, a browser is not guaranteed to be a standalone application forever, and that's the status quo that Opera has to maintain. Application types have come and gone in the past, been amalgamated into other applications and the browser should be no different. That's progress.

Opera isn't trying to avoid change. Opera is trying to BRING ABOUT change.

Yep, as long as the browser continues as a nice, standalone application as it is today. That's the thing that can never change with Opera and why they're more anxious about this 'browser chooser' thing than anyone else. It nails down the browser as a standalone entity.

Uh, OPERA IS A FREE DOWNLOAD! Did you seriously not know that?

Yes I did know that, but you failed to read what was written completely. I talked about 'free' browsers with respect to Linux distributions, and if you want to get distributed there then the only avenue you have is source code availability. Hinting at some browser chooser to be shoved on to Ubuntu to get around that is just plain stupid.

Yes, for PCs it's 'freely' available, basically because they have no market share. However, their business still relies completely on selling browsers to the mobile market in particular, set top boxes as well as the direct ad revenue they get from Google. I use Opera on my my mobile N73. The point still stands though. Opera still relies on selling and supporting a browser as a standalone application and they are desperate to avoid any kind of change that might threaten that status quo.

Edited 2009-07-28 10:45 UTC

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