TLWIR 45: The European Union Has Great Intentions, But They Are Solving the Wrong Problem

Posted by acrossad on Sep 21, 2012 3:54 PM EDT; By Rex Djere
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I applaud the European Union for trying to persuade Microsoft Corporation to allow more competition in Windows 8. However, they are trying to solve the wrong problem. In The Linux Week in Review 45, I will give give my opinion as to what problem we should REALLY be trying to solve.

For several years now, the European Union has been trying to encourage Microsoft to allow more competition by allowing competing software on Windows. In Windows 8, Microsoft has agreed to insert a ballot that allows the user to choose alternative browsers such as Firefox, Chrome, and Opera (1). The European Union has great intentions, and they are doing great work, but it does not get at the heart of the problem. Even if the EU were to force Microsoft to allow competing browsers, the real issue would still be control of the hardware. We have seen this with the recent revelation that GNU/Linux will not be welcome on ARM Windows 8 devices (2).

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