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On Fri, 14 Nov 1997, Christopher Pall wrote:
> MS would like users to believe that it
> must use IE to browse the web.
Correction: MS would like it to be *true* that you must use IE to
browse the web.
That is a radical new aproach to the Internet that we never saw
before Microsoft, afaik. Before, we had RFC's carefully expounding
the difference between a protocol and implementation. Compatibility.
Carefully defining "network byte-order" so any machine can read data
off a network stream. But how the heck is a Macintosh supposed to
implement ActiveX short of emulating a 80x86 CPU and significant
portions of the Win API?
There's nothing wring with writing platform-specific protocols, and
doing so to reap market share in the ertswhile cross-platform
Internet may also not be a legal transgression. But a moral one?
We had a community of people living by a dream: communication between
anybody. My love for the Internet got started when I founded a
newsgroup for the support of people with a certain neurological
condition; and I always had the vision of millions of people, "out
there", no matter what computer they have, being able to share
experiences and discovering "thank god, I'm not weird."
In a very real sense, the Internet changed my life; and
interoperability made it possible. Most of my usenet friends were
non-computer people without money for expensive systems. If NNTP were
Exchange they would never have been part.
That vision is now threatened. I am faced with the very real
possibility that in a year or two's time, if I want to host an easily
accesible FAQ on a web site somewhere, that I must shell out
thousands for MS software and extra hardware.
MS did not trample on 'net technology as much as they trampled on the
culture. Which is not illegal, but it certainly explains the
well-deserved and highly emotional Microsoft-bashing one sees out
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