Firefox included in Windows 7 Should you accept?


Now you will ask me, (some): «What does this have to do with Linux?»Or«You said it's not a Free Software blog«. The answer to you is simple: I would not allow myself to talk about this if it did not have to do directly with Linux, it has a lot to do with it (and not because Firefox is necessarily Free).

Well, the following happens: Microsoft is again suffering legal problems for monopolyso our friend Steve Ballmer must not be dancing the monkey dance Right now, come on, there are more important issues to think about.

Everyone comments on it, Microsoft plans to include multiple web browsers in Windows 7. It is motivated by having received millionaire fines for monopolistic actions in the European Union and in the US regarding, in this case, the famous Internet Explorer that comes pre-installed and cannot be uninstalled. To avoid more fines This time they intend to offer the possibility of downloading or installing another browser and that's where Firefox comes in.

The problem is that, as has already been commented on the blogs, Firefox folks don't want to be includedThey argue that this is not the way to gain market space and that they already have 20% of the cake, therefore, they prefer to gain market share based on the quality of their product.

Come on they are getting interesting, they have always wanted their competition Microsoft Internet Explorer and do not want to help them, as bad as they are.

Firefox and Linux

Firefox and Linux distros have gone too far together, it always accompanies the distros on duty, in fact, at the moment I write on a Linux computer through Firefox because it is the best and most common navigation option that exists.

I give an example, but very clear: When periods of approach to Linux are made, that is, when a great migration to Linux is prepared, in the early stages while still using Windows, users tend to see the applications they use changed for those they use. They will have on Linux: Microsoft Office flies, OpenOffice appears, Outlook crashes, Thunderbird enters and Internet Explorer disappears from view to welcome Firefox.

If ordinary people
is opción to choose between one browser and another and is Firefox among the options, Linux can gain a lot of ground And that is very important.

In truth, if Firefox by itself increases its market share, I do not care, taking that data by itself, what matters is that a user has Firefox at hand and that possibly when you come across a Thunderbird it seems trustworthy Having had the experience with Firefox, then OpenOffice could appear, which used correctly is a great alternative to Microsoft Office, which is also a paid suite (and it is not paid for what the guy charges you at the fair with the towel in the ground, I do not mean "that" payment), months later when you talk to him about Linux and tell him that everything he uses came from there he will not find it such a bad idea to use it, regardless of whether he finally uses it or not.

On the subject of licenses I do not know if MozillaThe company that develops Firefox may eventually prevent it from being used, but even if they could, they will most likely use a download link to distribute it. If it does not work with them, what we will probably see will be an explosive growth of users of Opera, which is the other great option as a browser, it has up to fan boys and all that paraphernalia, although it is almost completely proprietary.

Let's not say that it is an absolute certainty that Microsoft is going to include these browsers, although if they know what is best for them, they will take that measure, Bill Gates did not get rich by paying millionaire fines.

Should you agree to be on Windows 7?

There wiggle I vote yes.

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  1.   Donated said

    They should not miss the opportunity, Windows 7 is called to occupy the place of XP and that will make it have a market share possibly higher than 80%, to miss an opportunity to be there is to have a too high concept of itself, and Firefox, when the sponsorship of Google disappears (which I do not think passed the year 2010) it will need either a lot of popularity or another sponsorship

  2.   N @ ty said

    Mmmmm…. what a good opportunity for these Mozilla folks. Although after years of opposition and opposition to Internet explorer it would be strange and even suspicious that FF came already installed in Windows 7, because of that issue of 'highlighting the good of my product by destroying the adversary' has been a marketing and profit policy of market for these people ...

    Anyway, don't take me too seriously, I hate FF and I can't be impartial: razz:

    [flame] We were doing well with Windows 7, now they want to fill it with trinkets ... [/ flame]

  3.   toxrn said

    I vote yes, too.

  4.   Rafael said

    I think Mozilla should accept.

    From my point of view, Opera is Firefox's biggest rival (it will have more market share, but Opera is the one that competes in quality with Mozilla's browser).

    In the event that Opera agrees to be included in Windows, users will have a very good browser and it is more unlikely that they will switch to Firefox in the future.

    In this case, Mozilla should swallow its pride and accept.

  5.   Corrupt Byte said

    1.- Mozilla cannot prevent your browser from being available when installing Windows 7. It's open source, too bad.
    2.- I am one of those who believes that open source programs in Windows and Linux benefit the open source model but not the migration to Linux. A user who considers the availability of software in both operating systems would not choose Linux (unless he is interested in a desktop environment).
    3.- Opera rocks!

  6.   Pablo said

    I would stay in the mold. That is, if they want to put you as an option and well, leave them. Ultimately you make a sofa and are free to let those who want use it. It is true that you have to freak out because they are going to say that it is thanks to these people that you gain market share. But everyone knows the truth. There was a joke from Daniel Paz, a groso. That more than a joke was very true and too funny. That said that the people of microsoft had just discovered a new patch for ie, and it was called firefox. Very good

  7.   zamuro57 said

    I disagree a bit in the aspect that Microsoft does it just to save its skin in one way or another, it is as they say in colloquial slang so much kindness confuses "it will be to fuck me!"

    But in another aspect that will bring an advantage to the firefox market that, as many say, if you do not take advantage of it, another will take it,
    Also that will educate the user in the future that browser is not synonymous with explorer, and that the mathematical equation says explorer = serious problems in the long run
    When users use firefox and see its advantages over explorer, that will be for many like disconnecting from the matrix :)

  8.   Gabriel said

    it's the beginning of the end of IE

  9.   luvet86 said

    Well, I think that the fact of using free software in windows does have a lot to do with it. At the end of the day, that 70% who use internet explorer is better known bad than good to know, if they really know the alternatives.
    With this, what would be achieved is for them to get used to seeing these alternatives and lose their fear.
    And I can even put my case as an example. Now I use ubuntu, but in windows I used firefox, pidgin, emule, 7zip, vlc and sometimes openoffice. And with all of them I managed to convince my friends to use them except for pidgin and openoffice.
    These two did not want them fundamentally because they saw them on my computer and they seemed too different from what they used (messenger and microsoft office).

  10.   N @ ty said

    @gustavo: Windows 7 is not rubbish ... that's the problem

  11.   gustavo said

    And if they change the name of the site for Windows 7 - Addicts?

    Crazy, they already screwed it up, a couple of betas are missing for the posta version of that M $ garbage to come out (and obviously it will be another beta of the new guindous)

  12.   I am said

    haha, no need.

  13.   vincegeratorix said

    In my opinion, the one that my cousin called me (we already got on half bad, so he doesn't even call me xD) because of problems of not being able to install msn or that he saw a game wrong (the problem was his integrated video xDDD) is practically a that people do not start browsing for leisure, but see the pc as a tool for work, education or downloading, but it does not go further, if they included FF or Opera, and alternatives, people would have more culture and would be able to choose, and over time SEARCH what you like the most, which is ultimately what makes Microsoft a leader, the one that people do not look for themselves and get carried away.

  14.   vincegeratorix said

    every time I post something here I will have to say that I NAVIGATE WITH GOOGLE CHROME AND USE WIN XP !!! ¬¬

  15.   another_sam said

    I am interested in the observation of luvet86. 7zip and VLC are two other winners to take an example from.

    3 days ago I formatted my father's pc (windows. Don't freak out aha). and yesterday I see that he was listening to MP3 in windows media player. I thought "shit, I forgot to put the VLC on him and now he's going to keep using WMP until the end of time" (unless I change it on purpose, but I'd rather have my father as the average user than "I observe" ; it's my daily dose of real life).

    but this afternoon he comes and says "can my computer read DVDs?" and I "yes" and he says "I'm not going to have a movie." and I "stallman bless VLC." and I have put it on. and he's so happy. so in the line, I will put VLC also to read MP3 by simple criterion of consistency of GUI.

    ease and functionality. I think they are the factors that make software preferable.

    and I agree with what sources say in the paragraph that ends in «months later when you talk to him about Linux and tell him that everything he uses came from there he will not find it such a bad idea to use it, regardless of whether he finally uses it or not . ».

    imagine the two extreme cases. to a normal user, what brings him closer to using linux:
    a) a windows with any application that is in linux.
    b) a windows with a lot of applications that are already in linux.

    I think the answer is b. in scenario "a" the migration to linux will probably be traumatic. in scenario "b" it will hardly require a couple of brief explanations.

    windows 7 with firefox yes or no? I say yes.