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Re: Firefox 'Thanks' Microsoft

  • Subject: Re: Firefox 'Thanks' Microsoft
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 02 Apr 2006 20:39:01 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: schestowitz.com / MCC / Manchester University
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__/ [ Mark Kent ] on Sunday 02 April 2006 15:26 \__

> begin  oe_protect.scr
> Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
>> ,----[ Quote ]
>>| Over at ZDNet, Microsoft employee John Carroll makes the case that
>>| his company?s monopolistic tactics over the past decade have in
>>| fact benefited our industry, and cites Internet Explorer as an
>>| example. Without preinstalling Internet Explorer, he says, how
>>| would anyone download Firefox? How would open-source markets grow?
>>| So let me stop here and say, on behalf of Firefox users
>>| everywhere: thank you.
>>| I also have a note here from the pop-up ad industry. They would
>>| like to thank Microsoft for allowing their market to boom while
>>| the IE team sunbathed in Maui for the past four years.
>>| Sarcasm aside, the truth is that many people, I among them, never
>>| really took issue with the idea of preinstalling a browser on Windows.
>>| It would be pretty silly to buy a computer today that couldn't access
>>| the Internet. We take issue with how Microsoft flagrantly strong-armed
>>| OEMs to leave out or marginalize competing browsers, such as Netscape.
>>| As far as I know, Netscape also allowed people to...download things.
>> `----
>> http://blakeross.com/2006/03/28/gratitude/
> It's quite amazing that these commentators know so little about the
> internet that they confuse it with the web.  Now, about that BSD IP
> stack and BSD ftp client in Windows?  Clearly, there's a huge marketing
> campaign going on for Microsoft again.

If only you knew how often I hear the phrase "Go on the Internet" when
referring to "double-click the Blue E". People no longer know what the
Internet (=Blue E) actually is, let alone what a "Web browser" or an
"operating system" mean. I have to insist on use of these terms, either as
to remain impartial or to have people aware that there are other things out

"You don't know what operating system you run? Sorry, I can't help you then."
I never truly said because victims of narrow mindedness/scope are rather
innocent. A fun game to play is this:

Me: What operating system are you using?

Him/her: I don't know.

Me: Is it Linux?

Him/her: I don't know.

Me: Is it a variant of BSD?

Him/her: Not as far as I'm aware of.

Me: Is it Mac OS?

Him/her: No, not a Mac.

Me: Solaris?

Him/her: No.


Him/her: No.

Me: Well, you'd better find out.

Him/her: Thanks for your time, jerk!

Best wishes,


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