Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 12th Jun 2009 13:55 UTC
Internet Explorer Yesterday, Microsoft dropped a bomb by announcing that all versions of Windows 7 released in Europe would ship without Internet Explorer pre-installed. This was in answer to the EU antitrust investigation currently under way regarding possible illegal bundling of Internet Explorer with Windows. The first reactions to this news are coming in, with Opera and the EU both lamenting the move.
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If you don't have an Internet connection you may go to a library, Internet Cafe (do these still exist?) or WiFi hotspot and download one onto media that can be used on your computer and install one, or more, from there.

If you do have 'net access you may simply use an FTP script, hopefully provided, since not many end users will want to develop and test their own.

If facilities such as wget or curl are available then robust rc file, command scripting and security and recovery options could be provided to successfully retrieve installer files. And, here also, "provided" means by someone willing to do so as well as capable of doing it, not enforcing some learning regimen on the end user.

This would avoid the "gotcha" of having links or elinks installed since those are browsers even though their very presence and feature sets might encourage users to try other products. (o;)<

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