Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 14th May 2012 15:20 UTC
Windows "Senate Judiciary Committee staffers plan to take a look at allegations that Microsoft has made it difficult for competing Web browsers to run on a certain version of Windows, an aide to Antitrust subcommittee Chairman Herb Kohl told The Hill Thursday." Good. We have to nip this in the bud, and with a bit of luck, it alerts Washington to the iOS situation as well. More browser competition equals a better web - mobile devices aren't magically exempt from this just because they have no keyboard. As simple as that.
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RE: On the other hand
by shmerl on Mon 14th May 2012 18:16 UTC in reply to "On the other hand"
shmerl
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2010-06-08

IE isn't banned from it. That's the problem. So IE could be exploited, while others are not allowed (presumable because of security reasons, while in reality because of the direct anticompetitive advantage).

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RE[2]: On the other hand
by vaette on Mon 14th May 2012 18:43 in reply to "RE: On the other hand"
vaette Member since:
2008-08-09

Right, but minimizing the amount of code that is allowed to do potentially risky things is a good thing. The OS loader (and .NET JIT) has to be able to write pages and then mark them executable, the kernel is allowed to leak information between apps randomly, neither is an argument to allow all applications to do it.

I understand that it is unfortunate for competition, but allowing all applications this privilege really is excessive, and defining a bar that Chrome and Firefox reaches while preventing small developers from branding their random flickr viewer a "browser" to get access to dangerously powerful APIs is a nasty can of worms.

I'll also note that neither ChromeOS or Boot to Gecko give anyone else the capability to execute code in writable pages (on top of a lot of other extreme limitations compared to WinRT).

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RE[3]: On the other hand
by shmerl on Mon 14th May 2012 18:49 in reply to "RE[2]: On the other hand"
shmerl Member since:
2010-06-08

Boot2Gecko can live on top of normal Linux stack potentially, where you can run whatever you want. Whether Mozilla will go that way though, time will show.

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