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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Dear Opera
by systyrant on Mon 27th Jul 2009 13:24 UTC
systyrant
Member since:
2007-01-18

I like the Opera browsers, but they need to learn to market their browser. Firefox climbed the ranks without resorting to forcing Microsoft to include it as an option. Opera can do the same.

I don't think the option panel should be included in any OS. I say this because crap like this has a tendency to become viral. Before long when you install an OS or even a program you are going to be flooded with these stupid panels asking you what you want.

I'm all for a smack down on Microsoft, but not this way.

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RE: Dear Opera
by hangman on Mon 27th Jul 2009 22:00 in reply to "Dear Opera"
hangman Member since:
2007-09-05

Actually, Firefox is an anomaly:

http://weblogs.mozillazine.org/asa/archives/2009/01/competition_is....

"When the only real competition comes from a not for profit open source organization that depends on volunteers for almost half of its work product and nearly all of its marketing and distribution, while more than half a dozen other "traditional" browser vendors with better than I.E. products have had near-zero success encroaching on Microsoft I.E.'s dominance, there's a demonstrable tilt to the playing field. That tilt comes with the distribution channel - default status for the OS bundled Web browser."

Also, Mozilla joined the complaint against Microsoft, so...

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