Linked by David Adams on Tue 13th Dec 2011 03:12 UTC
Editorial I was reading today about how Linux Mint developers altered the Banshee music player source code to redirect affiliate revenue from Amazon music orders to them instead of Banshee. They've reportedly made less than $4, which has caused a kerfluffle among those paying attention to that corner of the world. But it raises a larger point that has been swirling around for a couple of decades: an OS vendor has a lot of power to influence, and even monetize their user base. Where should they draw the line?
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The Revisionist
by westlake on Thu 15th Dec 2011 18:41 UTC
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Famously, Netscape looked poised to make Microsoft irrelevant and make the browser the "new desktop." Microsoft used its control of the OS and its tremendous sway over computer makers to foist its browser on the general public, and changed the course of computing history.

I remember IE being introduced with the sale of a CD and a substantial paperback book, a novice's guide to the web and the web browser.

IE4 launched with an Internet Suite on CD that sold for about $5.

I also remember IE and mIRC as two programs that worked well with AOL. In the days when flat-rate billing and the toll free number made dial-uo service easy to budget and very affordable.

In 2011 anyone packaging a OS distribution for the masses without including a default browser would be considered mentally deficient.

That is the true legacy of Internet Explorer.

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