Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 27th Jul 2009 07:29 UTC
Opera Software Last week, the European Commission announced that Microsoft is willing to implement a browser ballot screen in Windows so that users can select a browser to install when installing Windows or when setting up their OEM computer. While this makes Opera very happy, Opera would like to see Ubuntu and Apple offer such a ballot screen too.
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Ubuntu already has a "ballot box"
by ayeomans on Mon 27th Jul 2009 08:18 UTC
ayeomans
Member since:
2005-11-14

Choose System -> Preferences -> Preferred Applications. A neat GUI chooser for web browser, email, multimedia, etc.

A more pertinent question is why Opera does not appear in the default choices. Perhaps access to source code might have something to do with it ;-)

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Choose System -> Preferences -> Preferred Applications. A neat GUI chooser for web browser, email, multimedia, etc.


So has Windows.

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Finchwizard Member since:
2006-02-01

I've had Windows a number of times no obey what it's told.

I can set Thunderbird and Firefox as my default browser, and still have things open in Outlook Express or Internet Explorer.

Used to work in the Windows XP days, but Vista seems to do whatever the hell it wants.

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ple_mono Member since:
2005-07-26

Choose System -> Preferences -> Preferred Applications. A neat GUI chooser for web browser, email, multimedia, etc.

Good point. Yes it does. And it's "optional". Which it should be, being a component of a *free* OS, people.
I'm just fine with the idea of a "forced" ballot screen in a commercial product (not too many though), but I really hope thats where it stays.

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aesiamun Member since:
2005-06-29

And where does it stop? A ballot site for your search engines? A ballot site for your news sites? A ballot for RSS readers? IM clients? Audio software? Photo editing?

The small guy is complaining because they are smaller than they want to be...stand in line with everyone else who wants to take advantage of Microsoft's market dominance.

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