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Re: [News] Company Chooses Linux, Argues O/S Irrelevant Owing to Firefox (Web-ward Transition)

__/ [ Ian Hilliard ] on Saturday 07 October 2006 17:18 \__

> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>> High-tech social enterprise reaps free software's benefits
>> ,----[ Quote ]
>> | "We use lots of different RPM and Debian variants," Ball says. "Our
>> | servers are based on Fedora Core. It moves fast enough that we could get
>> | the application stacks that we wanted. It supports SE
>> | [Security-Enhanced] Linux, which makes a lot of sense to us. For years
>> | we've done work on setting up secure spaces on servers to avoid cracks"
>> | -- with reportingo n human rights abuses, security is a major issue --
>> | "and SE Linux makes that a lot easier."
>> | 
>> | [...]
>> | 
>> | Ball's job is to make these desktops work together seamlessly,
>> | regardless of their distribution or operating system. "I'm the CTO, so I
>> | promote desktop heterogeneity," Ball says. "We have Mac users and Linux
>> | users and the idea I'm going for is, 'It doesn't matter what desktop you
>> | use.'" Ball says that the desktop is basically irrelevant in 2006
>> | anyway, because when it comes down to it, "Everybody uses Firefox.
>> | That's the key piece -- if there's one ubiquitous piece of free software
>> | out there, it's Firefox."
>> `----
>> http://business.newsforge.com/article.pl?sid=06/09/29/1827208&from=rss
> If the OS in use is unimportant, then Microsoft becomes unimportant. This
> is of course Microsoft's worst nightmare. The story goes that this is the
> reason that Microsoft eliminated Netscape in the first place.
> It is clear that Microsoft will have to try and destroy FireFox before too
> long. I wonder what dirty tricks they have this time. Being open source
> they can't "cut off their air supply" or get them to "knife the baby".

See today's thread subject-lined "Another Zero-Day Windows Exploit". Therein
we discussed how Microsoft miused the security update system to deliver
(even forcefeed) Internet Explorer 7 (moreso, as a 'high priority' update).
The only way to opt out is to install some specialised bit of software
before IE7 is released. I digressed and contemplated that there can be
wizards and prompts that will tray to 'steal hack' users.

Don't forget the effect of IE7, along with other pieces of software, on
online services, search engines included. We have yet to see how many
lawsuits are spawned as a result.

Microsoft Embeds Windows Live Links in New Vista Builds

,----[ Quote ]
| The latest builds include links to Windows Live Messenger, Toolbar,
| OneCare and Mail Desktop.


Microsoft appears to leave the inclusion of these links until the 90th
minutes, as means of antitrust evasion.

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