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[News] [Rival] Microsoft and Novell Want .NET Trojan and MEPG Cartel Inside GNU/Linux and Web Browsers

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Microsoft and Novell Want .NET Trojan and MEPG Cartel Inside GNU/Linux and Web Browsers
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 06 May 2010 12:33:18 +0100
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Calls for a return to Browser Balkanization

,----[ Quote ]
| Expand Microsoft lock-in. This is part of 
| the âlock-inâ problem: generally speaking, 
| Microsoft technology is designed to work as 
| smooth as possible with other Microsoft 
| technology, and as difficult as possible 
| with non-Microsoft technology. This means 
| that once you start down the road of using 
| Microsoft technology it becomes ever more 
| difficult to step outside of that 
| ecosystem.
| Thus, Team Apologista must constantly 
| replace other parts of the development 
| ecosystem with the Microsoft solution. If 
| you learn a Microsoft language (C#), you 
| canât be using a non-Microsoft language in 
| your browser â have to get C# in there. And 
| that means implementing .NET in your 
| browser. So it goes.
| Move from Opt-in to Opt-out to No-opt. 
| Everyone in the world who deals with 
| telemarker calls or shovelware on new 
| (Windows) computers (or uses Facebook and 
| cares about privacy) knows that âOpt-Inâ is 
| far more preferrable to the user than âOpt 
| Outâ.
| So, the defense that âif the user doesnât 
| want Mono they can just remove itâ is bogus 
| from the start â âOpt Outâ is always the 
| defense offered by those peddling things no 
| one wants. It becomes more bogus when non-
| Mono apps are replaced by Mono apps, and it 
| explodes in a mushroom cloud of nuclear 
| bogosity when you start sticking it in 
| their browser.
| Miguel de Icaza has proven over the past 
| decade from day one that he intends to make 
| .NET ubiquitious â if he gets his way it 
| will be a crucial component of your 
| desktop, your application choices, and even 
| your web browsing experience.


Microsoft, Apple Will Never Allow An Open Web 

,----[ Quote ]
| There were high hopes with HTML5. It was 
| expected to set the Web free of locked, 
| closed, proprietary formats. That may not 
| be the case anymore. Apple and Microsoft 
| seem determined to put locks on this 
| possibility.
| Microsoft's Dean Hachamovitch, General 
| Manager, Internet Explorer, has made it 
| clear that "In its HTML5 support, IE9 will 
| support playback of H.264 video only."
| Apple's Steve Jobs has already written at 
| length supporting H.264 and bashing Adobe 
| for its 'closed' Flash for his own 
| 'airtight' products.
| The high-profile blogs by the two 
| proprietary companies of the world hints at 
| a conspiracy. It seems an environment is 
| being created to 'distract' developers and 
| users from true free formats like Ogg 
| Theora and prepare the ground for a 
| proprietary H.264, in which these companies 
| are stakeholders.
| In a typical Microsoftish manner Dean 
| wrote, "H.264 is an industry standard, with 
| broad and strong hardware support."
| No, it is not an standard. Industry 
| standard it may be because more companies 
| use this format. It is not even an ISO 
| standard. The way Microsoft's OOXML was 
| approved at ISO raises doubts about such 
| standards. How many standards does 
| Microsoft really respect? CSS standards in 
| IE is a nightmare for web developers. That 
| is a different topic. Let's steer clear 
| from it.


Who Needs Flash?

,----[ Quote ]
| In just months, from seemingly nowhere, 
| Appleâs solo campaign to dethrone Flash as 
| the de facto standard for web video has 
| gathered enough momentum to get over the 
| top. The question is no longer whether 
| HTML5 will or should do the job, but when.
| Last week signaled the tipping point, when 
| Microsoft confirmed HTML5 video support 
| would be included in the next version of 
| Internet Explorer, which is due later this 
| year. That move will swing the percentage 
| of browsers supporting the nascent standard 
| well above half, and will rapidly 
| accelerate adoption by publishers, despite 
| lingering technical and legal issues.
| The shift is already happening on the 
| mobile web, and eventually â in perhaps as 
| soon as two years â HTML5 can be expected 
| to serve most new video online.

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