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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If the EU wants to regualate browser inclusion it should be prepared to step up and host a site which they believe to be valuable in ensuring that users have a browser choice. Call it, or any other domain which makes sense. This site should exist for the lifespan of the OS it is intended to "police". The OS, when asked by the user to do so (either automatically during install) after their network setup has completed successfully or after install is completed, should query this site for all EU suggested browsers. It should present the user with a description of each, along with information about the developer, (objective) compliance information, size of download, etc... The site should then either serve the most current, stable version of the browser to the user or redirect the *OS*, not the user, to the appropriate site to download the browser. There should be no gratuitous advertisements for any browser during download. The OS should present the browser in the same manner on its application start menu in the same manner (I'm thinking a generic "Browse the Internet" application). User's should be able to repeat this process as many times as they would like until they arrive on a browser choice which suits their needs.

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