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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I don't get it
by reduz on Mon 27th Jul 2009 15:29 UTC
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I just don't get all this ballot screen stuff, even for microsoft. Shouldn't the same be done with internet explorer as for all the rest of the applications bundled like:

-Microsoft MSN Messenger
-Windows Media Player
-Windows DVD/CD Burning
-Windows Movie Maker

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Actually, those would be nice optional components rather than embedded defaults. None are required for the proper functioning of the OS.

MSN Messenger - I don't want it installed by default or trying to run in the background constantly. I have better IM software that support MSN networks.

Media Player - easily outdone by other options. I'd like it to be an optional app I can choose not to install.

DVD/DC Burning - we'll see how the ISO burner in Win7 does but so far, I have better tools for that also.

Windows Movie Maker - haven't ever seen it installed and won't likely any time soon. It doesn't make my games run better and that's really all Windows is used for outside of my work environment.

Granted, there is definately a line where optional software to include is rational. When you get down to arguing that notepad should not be bundled, it's just gone way to far.

In this specific case, Opera had better have a heck of an argument because it's looking like they are well past the "notepad should not be bundled" side of the line.

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