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[2]: Why?
by Yamin on Mon 27th Jul 2009 16:15 UTC in reply to "RE: Why?"
Yamin
Member since:
2006-01-10

I don't get your distinction at all.

Anyone is free to take Windows and install Firefox or Opera on it. Dell, HP, lenovo can do it. You can do it on your own. You don't need source code to do that. nor do you need any kind of rebranding.

I'm not against the anti-trust ruling against MS. I think its 'reasonably' fair as a CORRECTIVE PUNISHMENT due to Microsoft prior actions while in a monopoly position (needlessly tying its browser into the OS, pressuring vendors not to install other browsers by default...).

However, it's not a general principle that can or should be applied to other companies and situations.

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RE[3]: Why?
by drTRS on Mon 27th Jul 2009 20:20 in reply to "RE[2]: Why?"
drTRS Member since:
2008-07-29

This is not quite true.. If you remove IE, than you cannot install recommended updates easily from Microsoft , due to the problem with compatibility (ActiveX I think). The sec fix will update automatically (if is set)..
So IMHO the Microsoft did not completed the dependency on IE in Vista at least (I don't know the 7) or actually they left a needed usage for IE...

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RE[3]: Why?
by molnarcs on Tue 28th Jul 2009 06:38 in reply to "RE[2]: Why?"
molnarcs Member since:
2005-09-10

Ok, to put it into simple terms - Opera is free to take a linux distro, make any modifications to their liking, and distribute it themselves. They can do what they want - they don't need to request linux vendors (althouh it's a lot more convenient to do so). If they want different defaults for windows, they have to beg Microsoft and/or pressure them via lawsuits. That's a big difference imho.

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