[citation][nom]ProDigit80[/nom]I don't like MS, but it's the same if a car-exhaust company will start suing ford for selling their cars with exhausts from their own manufacture line (or from one outsource company only).[/citation]
People should not use car references here it seems. Technically you do NOT need a browser for an Operating System to technically be functioning and working. Now on the other hand Ford or whoever can not technically sell you a car/truck or motorized vehicle without an exhaust. For one, that is illegal to drive on the streets that way. At least in the U.S. it is. You would have to drag your own exhaust with you when you went to purchase a vehicle then wait for it to be installed. And technically Ford does offer some models with aftermarket Borla exhausts installed. So uh that is another contradiction to the statement. I don't see MS offering an Opera flavored OS. Also browsers are free, Ford would have to pay for those exhausts and and make sure they weren't getting overcharged if they could not make their own exhausts. That works as a check and balance that they can make their own. And aftermarket mods in general for motorized vehicles (cars/trucks/etc.) are WAY better than the stock stuff. Which of course I think Opera is WAY better than IE but do you think MS would agree with that? I'm pretty sure you won't find Ford trying to tell people their stock exhausts are better than Borla exhausts. There was another thing I was thinking but dang if I can't remember it now. Oh well I think I made my point.
Now back to the article at hand...It's about time they went back to offering us this option! =) And personally I say - Way to go EU!!! Someone needs to stand up to MS. I understand how this market just designs itself into having a dominant OS by todays standards - but heck ya give us the options to customize it how we want instead of twisting and embedding things into the OS to try to make it impossible for people to take them out. What hasn't MS tried to make on its own that everyone else used to download their favorite program for?
...software firewall? MS did it (not that it's a bad thing but personally I don't like windows version - I liked BlackICE alot better)
...media player? yeah we all know this answer (can't remember the last thing I watched on RP and I'm sure we all know how media player doesn't add a plugin by default for FF or Opera)
...browser? IE - the article covers this one
...antivirus software? Windows Live OneCare I believe - they're trying on this one
...spyware? windows defender (not that this one is bad either)
...networking? yeah we know this one to - this one though I do like - even if I do agree with Novell for not cowering down to mister gates
...e-mail software? windows mail or whatever it's called now - how about free web based e-mail? hotmail anyone?
lol - back to regular e-mail, I used to love Eudora back in the day!
It seems like everything that people used to go get on their own or that had moderate use and above MS took note of made their own version. And with MS it sure feels alot more like they do these things to keep the uninformed from becoming informed rather than simple doing it from the goodness of MS's heart to help the little people. Does MS have a heart? lol I'm sure I forgot somethings - I remember some though for the example I wanted to make.
btw - way to go voidrunner! +1 for sure