Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 19th Aug 2009 16:23 UTC, submitted by Moulinneuf
Mozilla & Gecko clones Remember the very detailed proposal Microsoft submitted to the European Commission not too long ago about the browser ballot? This was quite the detailed proposal, covering just about every possible aspect of such a ballot screen. Responses were positive from within the EC, but now it seems that according to the Mozilla Foundation, the proposal is not good enough.
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RE: sigh
by wumip on Thu 20th Aug 2009 19:46 UTC in reply to "sigh"
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I'm amazed that people in general, Opera and Mozilla are STILL complaining so much about what is essentially a free product.

Just because browsers are generally free doesn't mean that there is no money in browsers. Mozilla, Opera, etc. share revenue with the search engines they pass on traffic to. There's a lot of money there.

Also, he who controls the browser controls the web. The web is too important to be "owned" by one single company. From that perspective, Opera and Mozilla's involvement makes perfect sense: Both of them have been spending HUGE amounts of resources to promote an open web.

I've always felt that Microsoft should be free to include a browser with Windows in the exact same way that Apple includes Safari and many Linux distros include Firefox. Really, what's the big deal?

Apple and Linux distros are not monopolies. Microsoft is. The big deal is that Microsoft has tried to lock people to their own products.

Should we force the biggest computer manufacturer to have a ballot box to determine which OS to install?

If said computer manufacturer had a monopoly, and illegaly abused said monopoly.

Companies shouldn't be forced to promote a competitors product.

Yes they should, if they break the law, and this is the only way to restore the free market.

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