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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RE: Shove Off Opera
by Laurence on Mon 27th Jul 2009 14:10 UTC in reply to "Shove Off Opera"
Laurence
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2007-03-26

While Internet Explorer was just one example of the monopoly that we face with desktops today I believe that far more could be done in a lot of more worthwhile areas than trying to fixate on the browser. It bothers me that a company like Opera thinks that it can just avoid any change, sit on its backside effectively, keep cranking out browsers for a living and have a right to get a shop shelf built for them. The market for web browsers can't just avoid change because of a mandate to suit Opera. Web browsers have been freely available for some time now and freely available software is always going to have a better chance of being distributed into the hands of many people, especially when it comes to Linux distributions. If you're not prepared to open your code, or at least get it distributed more easily, then tough.

Opera is free though and open sourcing it doesn't help the average computer user who just wants a binary blob that executes

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RE[2]: Shove Off Opera
by segedunum on Mon 27th Jul 2009 17:00 in reply to "RE: Shove Off Opera"
segedunum Member since:
2005-07-06

...it doesn't help the average computer user who just wants a binary blob that executes

It certainly does with regard to Linux distributions and that isn't what Opera seems to be asking. They are are seemingly expecting a free launcher and installer on Ubuntu, as well as OS X, for their own product. It's a pretty cheeky thing to even hint at.

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