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 agree with Mozilla, sort of
by Hark3n on Wed 19th Aug 2009 17:48 UTC
Hark3n
Member since:
2007-01-15

I think Mozilla's suggestions are good, but I would actually like it to be taken further.

Why not have the ballot, but only allow one browser to be installed initially.

Have a short description of the browsers offered and let the user decide from there. If they want to install more browsers they can.

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phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

I think Mozilla's suggestions are good, but I would actually like it to be taken further.

Why not have the ballot, but only allow one browser to be installed initially.

Have a short description of the browsers offered and let the user decide from there. If they want to install more browsers they can.


It should be taken to the logical conclusion of the ballot process:

Ship Windows with IE *not* installed by default (obviously Trident is installed, just not the iexplore.exe).
Show the Ballot Screen and let the user select the browser they want to use as their default.
Download/install that browser, *and* set it as the system default.

Done. Once one browser has been selected and installed as the default, it's up to the user to manage from that point on. If they want to install other browsers, they can do so as they please. If they want to change the default, they can do that using the normal Windows tools. If they want to remove them, they can use the normal Windows tools.

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mrhasbean Member since:
2006-04-03

I think Mozilla's suggestions are good, but I would actually like it to be taken further.

Why not have the ballot, but only allow one browser to be installed initially.

Have a short description of the browsers offered and let the user decide from there. If they want to install more browsers they can.


Yes I think this is how a ballot should be held if there's going to be one at all. Let the user select which browser(s) they want to use and which they want to be their default browser and install only that / those browser(s). Would make all the rest moot...

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