2004-12-28

Integrated Browsers Are Not Automatically Evil

> i would love to not install 90% of the "features" winXP comes with: > i.e. IE (i don't want a damn integrated browser!), windows media player, > and tons of other crap. I still don't understand why an integrated browser should or could ever be considered a bad thing. Doesn't unix come with Lynx? Ohh noo!!! Same thing, right? If not, explain why. Is IE bad simply because it does a better job than Lynx? Both unix and microsoft are OSes that have browsers out of the box. One is better (IE). Both are conceptually the same thing, a way to do what people want to do when they get their computer. Once upon a time I was content with Lynx and it had most of the "browser market share". Or is IE bad because microsoft is an evil empire with evil practices? So I guess IE would be okay if it came with Unix/Linux then? My point being: Business practices have zero to do with functionality. If you don't agree with their business practices, don't do business with them. I don't give Microsoft money. Here is an undeniable fact: People buy computers to do stuff. People don't want to build things from the ground up. People want stuff that works. Each year, computers do more than they did the last, and this trend should continue unabated. Furthermore, surfing the web is the ONLY reason many people have a computer. How can someone buying their first computer GET to the web if they don't have a browser? How do they download that critical security update? (And don't say Unix/Linux never has security updates.) I downloaded my first windows web browser (Netscape 2.x or 3.x) with Lynx, a web browser that is, oh no!, **integrated into unix**. I could not have done so without an integrated browser (Lynx), and sure as hell would not have compiled Lynx myself. I would have waited for something better to come along or found something else to do. Only the truest zealouts could ever suggest that REMOVING basic functionality from ANY os could ever be viewed as a positive thing. P.S. Be that as it may, it would be nice to be able to remove IE after the fact, but alternatives exist regardless. You can use Windows and never use IE (assuming you somehow got the firefox installer on your harddrive, which would require getting it somehow, PROBABLY WITH AN INTEGRATED BROWSER ON SOMEONE ELSE'S MACHINE... regardless, burning a cd with an installer file on it is beyond the capability of most n00bs.)

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