Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 19th Aug 2009 16:23 UTC, submitted by Moulinneuf
Mozilla & Gecko clones Remember the very detailed proposal Microsoft submitted to the European Commission not too long ago about the browser ballot? This was quite the detailed proposal, covering just about every possible aspect of such a ballot screen. Responses were positive from within the EC, but now it seems that according to the Mozilla Foundation, the proposal is not good enough.
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I've got an idea...
by philipsw on Wed 19th Aug 2009 17:31 UTC
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2009-07-27

Perhap Microsoft, in an attempt to appease each competetive browser manufacturer, should distribute separate Windows variants for each different browser. For example, there would be a "Windows 7 Mozilla" variant (well, actually several of them) which comes preloaded with, well, Mozilla Firefox as the only web browser. Likewise, there would be Safari, Chrome, Opera, etc... editions each with that particular browser pre-installed and set to update auto-magically.

Frankly, this is getting a bit ridiculous. The first remedy proposed by Microsoft was to ship Windows without a web browser. The EC didn't agree with that. Now Microsoft has proposed to ship a version which allows users to select which browser they prefer. Mozilla doesn't agree with that. Where exactly does this end?

The EC's disagreement with MS' first remedy suggestion seems to imply that an OS without a web browser is not complete. Mozilla's disagreement with the second proposed remedy seems to imply that they expect the 2 remedies to be combined (no browser by default, selected browser becomes the only one installed on the system).

For pity's sake, they're (MS) trying! Obviously they want *their* OS to ship with *their* browser and for *it* to be the default. Why shouldn't they? I think it's universally accepted now that an OS without a web broswer, except in very niche environments, is borderline useless for most users. Why wouldn't MS bundle a browser with Windows? The EC doesn't like this, and have ruled against MS. MS has proposed 2 remedies now, both of which seemed reasonable. The first was rejected because it was too extreme in the EC's eyes. The second has now come under fire because it doesn't promote the level of fairness other browser developer's want. "Fairness". What a useless word. It's generally bandied about by those who feel they didn't receive something which they feel they deserved.

The solution to this "problem" is as simple as it's ever been: If you don't want to develop your site in such a way that it renders well in an IE environment, don't. Just tell your users that they'll have to use a browser which is more standards compliant. Then your users can make a (informed) decision as to which browser they should use.

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