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[News] A Look at Firefox 3.1, FSFE Joins Attack on Microsoft's IE Crimes

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Firefox 3.1: Thanks For The Memory!

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| Firefox 3.1 is currently in its second beta release, and it already looks 
| great. In fact, it looks set to deliver a lot more than one might expect from 
| a typical "minor" software-update release.  
| InaTux.com recently posted a good summary of some frequently-overlooked new 
| features coming in Firefox 3.1. One of the most important of these 
| under-the-hood tweaks will streamline Firefox's memory usage, allowing it to 
| run faster and far more efficiently.   
| Firefox 3.0 already delivered major improvements in memory usage; most 
| notably, it fixed a number of persistent, and often very annoying, 
| memory-leak bugs. This time around, the changes in Firefox 3.1 will focus on 
| the browser's normal memory usage, which according to this December, 2008 
| blog post already requires just two-thirds of the RAM that Firefox 3.0 
| requires for normal Web-browsing operations.     


Web browser interoperability: FSFE welcomes EC's decision and offers support

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| On the 16th of January the European Commission DG Competition reported that 
| it had issued a statement of objections regarding Microsoft's tying of  
| Internet Explorer (IE) to the Windows Operating System product family. This 
| action builds on a complaint originally submitted by Opera, a European 
| company involved in web browser development.   
| Free Software Foundation Europe welcomes the European Commission's decision 
| and offers its support in the coming anti-trust investigation. As stated 
| previously in a letter to the European Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes, 
| anti-competitive behaviour is unacceptable, whether it occurs as 'tying' 
| products with dominant market segments, or in circumventing standards and 
| fair access.     



Ten years of Mozilla

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| Ten years ago, Netscape announced it would release to the public the code of
| its flag ship product, Netscape Communicator 5, making it an open source
| product. The action came at a time when Netscape was still the dominant web
| browser: 65 million users and 90% market share in the educational segment
| according to Netscape’s own accounts. But Microsoft’s Internet Explorer was
| grabbing share at a furious pace thanks to it being free (at a time Netscape
| was about$30) and specially the fact that it came bundled with Windows 95 and
| upcoming Windows 98 (released on June 1998).      


Gates deposition videos

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| Boies: Do you remember that in January, 1996, a lot of OEMs were
| bundling non-Microsoft browsers?
| Gates: I'm not sure.
| Boies: What were the non-Microsoft browsers that you were
| concerned about in January of 1996?
| Gates: What's the question? You're trying to get me to recall
| what other browsers I was thinking about when I wrote that sentence?
| Boies: No, because you've told me that you don't know what you
| were thinking about when you wrote that sentence.
| Gates: Right.
| Boies: What I'm trying to do is get you to tell me what
| non-Microsoft browsers you were concerned about in January of
| 1996. If it had been only one, I probably would have used the
| name of it. Instead I seem to be using the term non-Microsoft
| browsers. My question is what non-Microsoft browsers were you
| concerned about in January of 1996?
| Gates: I'm sure -- what's the question? Is it -- are you asking
| me about when I wrote this e-mail or what are you asking me about?
| Boies: I'm asking you about January of 1996.
| Gates: That month?
| Boies: Yes, sir.
| Gates: And what about it?
| Boies: What non-Microsoft browsers were you concerned about in
| January of 1996?
| Gates: I don't know what you mean "concerned."
| Boies: What is it about the word "concerned" that you don't
| understand?
| Gates: I'm not sure what you mean by it.


Gates Deposition Audio and Video

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| Here is our local copy of the depositions of Bill Gates in the
| Microsoft anti-trust suit. We did our best to convert the
| original Windows Media files into an Open format, ogg. Your
| webmaster is responsible for the video transcoding, the
| audio-only files are contributed by a Groklaw member that
| requested to stay anonymous.


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| From:       Bill Gates
| Sent:       Saturday, December 05, 1989 9:44 AM
| To:         Bob Muglia (Exchange); Jon DeVaan; Steven Sinofsky
| Cc:         Paul Mariz
| Subject:    Office rendering
| One thing we have got to change is our strategy -- allowing Office
| documents to be rendered very well by OTHER PEOPLES BROWSERS is one of the
| most destructive things we could do to the company.
| We have to stop putting any effort into this and make sure that Office
| documents very well depends on PROPRIETARY IE capabilities.
| Anything else is suicide for our platform. This is a case where Office has
| to  to destroy Windows.


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| "3. INTERNET EXPLORER: Unless specifically requested to the contrary
| by the end user of the Customer System and provided proper
| translation is available, COMPANY will ship MS Internet Explorer
| 2.0, and the most current subsequent higher version Product
| Releases and Version Releases thereof, preinstalled on all
| new Customer Systems..."

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