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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How about memory managers?
by MollyC on Tue 28th Jul 2009 00:40 UTC in reply to "RE: While we're at it..."
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I remember in the DOS world, that 16-bit memory managers was an independent market, a market destroyed by Windows 3.0. Thank God the EC didn't interfere in that. We'd have a ballot for memory managers if the EC of today were in place back then. Same goes for file systems, Explorer/Finder shells, and other things for which there is or have been independent markets yet have now become understood to be standard parts of an OS.

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RE: How about memory managers?
by sbergman27 on Tue 28th Jul 2009 01:25 in reply to "How about memory managers?"
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I remember in the DOS world, that 16-bit memory managers was an independent market,

But it never should have been. Clearly memory management is an OS function. And it was clear back then. We had real operating systems like Unix and VMS for comparison. (Not to mention my old college CS textbooks.) And we all knew that the lack of mm in DOS was a deficiency.

You really cannot compare that with a web browser, which is clearly an application, not an OS function. At least outside of the fantasies of certain MS execs. And even they seem to have backed off from that fiction in recent times. Last I heard, Gates had even learned the meaning of the word "browser".

Edited 2009-07-28 01:28 UTC

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