Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 21st Feb 2008 15:26 UTC, submitted by Robert Kratky
Opera Software Opera Software's CEO Jon S. von Tetzchner explains why they will not release the Opera browser as open source, arguing that open standards are more important than open source. Von Tetzchner also talks about the company's antitrust complaint to the European Commission in which it accuses Microsoft of abusing its dominant position by tying Internet Explorer to Windows.
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PlatformAgnostic
Member since:
2006-01-02

Special deals with OEMs are specifically against the rules and probably aren't happening. The reason OEMs don't include anything other than IE is that adding something else would increase their testing burden. Right now, IE comes with the OS and is proven to work (some people differ on how well it works, but almost everyone will agree that it's good enough). OEMs have nothing to gain from including something else.

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dagw Member since:
2005-07-06

The reason OEMs don't include anything other than IE is that adding something else would increase their testing burden


Most OEMs ship their computers with a whole bunch of extra software, this doesn't seem to affect their testing burden too much. I'm sure adding firefox to the mix wouldn't be any harder than adding, for example, the symantec antivirus demo they already ship with.

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PlatformAgnostic Member since:
2006-01-02

It wouldn't be harder.. especially if they were paid the same $5-$10 by Opera or FF that they are by Symantec.

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