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Podcasts Every week we have the creeping feeling that our lack of expertise in some areas is working against us and soon we are to be set upon by an amassed army of geeks armed with 'torches and pitchforks' for forgetting a fact here and a name there and confusing x86-64 with ia64. This week we can't avoid the ignorance as we have to discuss Android and Windows CE on netbooks, Opera Unite and then wade through Microsoft's "Get the Facts" campaign, but find sanctuary in something I do know a good deal about - HTML5 video.
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Firefox (possible Chrome) and MSI
by Lennie on Mon 22nd Jun 2009 23:16 UTC
Lennie
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2007-09-22

I could be wrong, but I have the idea that with MSI the browser isn't able to do automatic updates.

They might be afraid corporations will hold back updates, because you depend on the system administrator to push the updates.

This could be the reason why they don't do it officially.

Although I haven't seen any Mozilla people mention this in the feature-requests in Bugzilla.

Edited 2009-06-22 23:18 UTC

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kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

I could be wrong, but I have the idea that with MSI the browser isn't able to do automatic updates.

They might be afraid corporations will hold back updates, because you depend on the system administrator to push the updates.

This could be the reason why they don't do it officially.

Although I haven't seen any Mozilla people mention this in the feature-requests in Bugzilla.


They could easily provide MSI based updates if they want - or they could create an 'update server' where by the customer can point their MSI installations to the internal update server which then synchronises with the main one. There are many, many solutions they could employ but what it seems to be is Mozilla Foundation would sooner team up with Opera and Google to complain to the EU about 'evil Internet Explorer' than asking some tough questions about their product and addressing the short comings when it comes to addressing enterprise customers requirements.

The interesting thing you'll find, however, is there are a lot of VB applications that are being replaced with Silverlight front ends; many programmers I have chatted to had been waiting for key features that now exist in Silverlight 2.0. How this relates to the larger picture is as people move away from dependency on Windows, you'll find that their dependency on Internet Explorer will wane, and eventually you'll see that companies will start asking the question, "do we need Windows". It isn't going to happen tomorrow, next month or next year but I have a feeling that over the next 5 years within the enterprise the desktop operating system will be irrelevant. Microsoft will lose their dominance through the very technology that they champion (although one would argue that they really don't care about the desktop - they're just buying their time as they transition).

Edit: Programmers aren't going to jump quickly onto Silverlight 3.0 so Novell has plenty of time to finish Moonlight 2.0 and getting 3.0 up to speed. What I hope to see is Novell working to create a top-notch development tool to make development for Moonlight on Linux a possibility. What ever the case maybe, things are going to get interesting in the next couple of years in regards to the role of the browser - will it become the platform for which software will appear on; either it being hosted on the server or bundled up to the customer and run locally.

Edited 2009-06-23 04:44 UTC

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