Linked by Kroc Camen on Thu 25th Feb 2010 10:18 UTC
Humor BBC News reports "Mark your diaries for 4 March because in Denver the funeral arrangements are well underway for the planned passing that day of Internet Explorer 6". There's a phobia of being buried alive but I think in this case, it's the living that are all too quick to be shoveling the dirt over as IE6 doesn't officially die until 2014 when Microsoft pull the life-support.
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RE[4]: I like IE6, really
by malxau on Fri 26th Feb 2010 00:14 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: I like IE6, really"
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All completely true, but isn't it equally true in client software?

If a piece of software supports 4 platforms, one of them will be "worst", and it will simplify things to eliminate it. But even having done so, one will still be "worst". Taken to an extreme, software only runs on one version of one OS (guess which.)

Open source software typically goes in the other direction. If somebody's using BSD, a patch to work around a limitation is contributed, and then the software runs on more platforms. The platform matrix for most OSS is enormous, and frankly, a lot of the platforms are terrible for developers.

I'm not unsympathetic to web developer's plight, since that's what client software developers deal with all the time. But there is an interesting double standard. On the one hand, there's an article about WebKit now running on Haiku, which is seen as goodness even though it's hard to complete and support; then there's an article about dropping IE6, which is seen as goodness too, even though the user base is larger and support story simpler.

Personally, I'm fine with people choosing to run Haiku, or choosing to run IE6. I'd rather users choose their platforms, and developers support users. That's my philosophy when I write my own software.

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