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: Linux is all about choice...
by sj87 on Mon 27th Jul 2009 14:34 UTC in reply to "Linux is all about choice..."
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...the choice of the distribution team. Aside from the package manager, the major difference between one Linux and the next is the selection of applications that are installed by default. What's Ubuntu, but Canonical's own choice of software plonked on top of a Debian base? Those choices include a desktop environment, an email client, an office suite, an instant messenger and, yes, a browser. If, one day, Opera becomes a better choice, then I'm sure Canonical will consider it.

Opera in it's current form will never be good enough to be even considered for Ubuntu. First of all Ubuntu's philosophy bans non-free (closed source) software. Secondly Opera is not a GTK app and even more importantly it does not support even the native Qt theming. Those are also the reasons why Opera stands no chance in the UNIX world.

Edited 2009-07-27 14:35 UTC

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Secondly Opera is not a GTK app and even more importantly it does not support even the native Qt theming.

OpenOffice is not a GTK app, yet it is included in Ubuntu ... and Firefox is hardly a GTK app.

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and Firefox is hardly a GTK app.

Eh, it's close enough. True, it's built with Xul, rather than standard Gtk+, but it does a pretty good job of faking it. Uses standard File Open and Print dialogs, native-looking widgets, handles Gtk themes...

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