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[News] Microsoft Used Its Web Browser Crimes to Block Non-Microsoft OSes (e.g. GNU/Linux) in Korea

  • Subject: [News] Microsoft Used Its Web Browser Crimes to Block Non-Microsoft OSes (e.g. GNU/Linux) in Korea
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 25 Feb 2010 18:20:20 +0000
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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No choice of browser in South Korea

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| As has been in the news this week and 
| mentioned on many Mozilla blogs, the 
| European Commission is working with 
| Microsoft and other browser manufacturers, 
| including Mozilla of course, to launch the 
| web browser ballot in the EC.
| To those critics of the browser ballot who 
| would rather the free market be left 
| completely to Adam Smithâs invisible hand, I 
| would present to you the example of South 
| Korea. In short, South Korea is a sad 
| example of a Microsoft monoculture where the 
| course of history and the lack of anti-
| monopoly oversight have created a nation 
| where every computer user is a Windows user 
| and banking or ecommerce or any secure 
| transaction on the Internet with South 
| Korean entities must be done with Internet 
| Explorer on a Windows OS.
| [...]
| So when people ask you, âwhy is the choice 
| of a web browser important?â tell them that 
| in South Korea, people donât get a choice of 
| what operating system to use or what web 
| browser to use.  After you explain to them 
| that a place without choice is South Korea, 
| ask them again if theyâd like to not have a 
| choice and why the choice of a web browser 
| is important.


Mozilla warns of 'Microsoft monoculture' in South Korea


The Windows Tip Of The Week


"In one piece of mail people were suggesting that Office had to work 
equally well with all browsers and that we shouldnât force Office users to 
use our browser. This Is wrong and I wanted to correct this.

"Another suggestion In this mail was that we canât make our own 
unilateral extensions to HTML I was going to say this was wrong 
and correct this also."

                                --Bill Gates



The World Wins South Korea for Firefox

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| And if you're wondering why it matters anyway that the South Koreans should
| be able to use Firefox and other "non-standard" browsers - don't you just
| love that description? - it's because the country's users have some of the
| fastest broadband connections in the world; that means that new applications
| based on such connectivity may well emerge there first, so it's important
| that open source be available and viable for all kinds of uses.

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