eWeek Predicts Mozilla will Challenge Internet Explorer

Monday July 28th, 2003

In his latest opinion piece for eWeek, Jim Rapoza tackles a favourite topic of tech columnists recently: are the Browser Wars coming back? Rapoza thinks that they are and says Microsoft's recent decision to only provide enhancements to Internet Explorer via Windows upgrades could leave an opening for alternative browsers. Mozilla, Rapoza argues, is well-placed to take advantage of this opportunity with its up-to-date and innovative technology.

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by tseelee

Wednesday July 30th, 2003 8:04 AM

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"I would have used settlement money to install Linux in many public schools."

The proper solution was the split Microsoft's OS into a separate company. Fines can't work cuz the inherent tendency to leverage their OS power will remain.

"Even Adam Smith himself said that monopolies hurt capitalism."

Yes, monopolies hurt capitalism, but capitalism in its strictest sense allows monopolies to sprout.

"if you put too many regulations or fines on businesses..."

Proper regulation of anti-competitive behaviors will not be too much regulation. It is intended to, and will, foster competition.

"Open source software lowers peoples' expenses."

It also lowers the incentives of producers, ie software developers. That's why only the kernel is required to be revealed.

"ridiculous software patents are bad for the economy as they raise business costs."

This doesn't have to do w. the merits of open-source or monopoly regulations.

"it costs an average of 800 million US$ to bring a drug to market."

That is a HUGE lie spread by the drug companies. Visit any tax lawyer and she'll explain how much tax credit these very companies get for R&D. Or take an introductory accounting course.

"businesses only make a 6% profit on your purchases."

Take a look at drug companies' stocks.

"Part of the blame for the Microsoft monopoly belongs with the end users."

It is NEVER the fault of the user. Human nature is given. Human actions are not. Nor are societal inactivity.

"I am partly glad MS pissed off so many people, as this contributed to Linux's growth."

This is the same argument some Nader supporters made in the last election.