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HairyArse
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Can someone explain to me how, without a browser installed, you're supposed to download a browser?

KAPOW..
#1 at 13:00:19 - 12/06/2009
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Presumably by typing "http://getfirefox.com" in an Explorer window or having an icon with "Download Browser" on the desktop by default which does the same sort of thing.

This is rather silly, IE is just a set of buttons and options for Explorer.
#2 at 13:04:23 - 12/06/2009
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HairyArse said:Can someone explain to me how, without a browser installed, you're supposed to download a browser?

KAPOW..

Physical media?
#3 at 13:16:15 - 12/06/2009
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Whizzo said:Presumably by typing "http://getfirefox.com" in an Explorer window or having an icon with "Download Browser" on the desktop by default which does the same sort of thing.

This is rather silly, IE is just a set of buttons and options for Explorer.


I assumed that without IE installed, typing URLs in an explorer window would just give you an error. Surely IE is needed to actually render the web pages?

It is a stupid move and I don't see why it's unreasonable to have Microsoft's IE installed within Microsoft's own fucking operating system.

Bloody Europeans.
#4 at 13:20:41 - 12/06/2009
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NewYork said:
Physical media?


Well sure but your average user isn't going to have the foresight to download FF or IE to a USB device before they install their new operating system are they?
#5 at 13:21:33 - 12/06/2009
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They'll just remove the IE icon and as anything more might cause problems and those within the EU will be probably be happy as they're a bit dim.

edit : Oh and it appears the BBC are behind the times because even removing IE isn't enough for the nutjobs in the Commission.

#6 at 13:46:25 - 12/06/2009
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Maybe there'll be an section in the 'internet connection wizard' which will link to the download pages of a few different browsers...
#7 at 14:54:38 - 12/06/2009
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No internet browser is not the same as having no internet access. If a user/admin is committed enough to purchase an IE-free flavour of operating system, they'll be savvy enough to type in an FTP or download location of their chosen browser so they can install it. Internet addresses, whether HTTP or FTP, work fine without having a web browser.
#8 at 16:46:16 - 12/06/2009
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At the command line:

get "pub/mozilla.org/firefox/releases/latest/win32/en-US/Firefox Setup 3.0.11.exe"

Good to see the EU ensuring their policies encourage companies do what is best for the consumer.
#9 at 19:35:45 - 12/06/2009
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So that's why they call it a 'Joey of commissioners'.
#10 at 22:22:03 - 12/06/2009
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Micro_Explosion said:At the command line:

get "pub/mozilla.org/firefox/releases/latest/win32/en-US/Firefox Setup 3.0.11.exe"

Good to see the EU ensuring their policies encourage companies do what is best for the consumer.


Yeah but I didn't even know how to do that.

They'll have to put a shortcut to FireFox/Chrome/Opera/Safari on the desktop or something.
#11 at 22:24:52 - 12/06/2009
Rhythm
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HairyArse said:
Micro_Explosion said:At the command line:

get "pub/mozilla.org/firefox/releases/latest/win32/en-US/Firefox Setup 3.0.11.exe"

Good to see the EU ensuring their policies encourage companies do what is best for the consumer.


Yeah but I didn't even know how to do that.

They'll have to put a shortcut to FireFox/Chrome/Opera/Safari on the desktop or something.


In fairness you don't sound like the kind of consumer who'll be buying the browser-less version ;-)
#12 at 00:46:54 - 13/06/2009
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When are google going to release their OS?
#13 at 01:56:06 - 13/06/2009
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One bit of good news out of this: if you pre-order the Vista upgrade version of Windows 7 between 15th July and 9th August, it's half price. Only because MS reckon they have no time to develop and test an IE-free version, they'll be supplying European purchasers with full install products instead.

The price for the Home version? £49.99!
#14 at 12:29:19 - 29/06/2009
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Our distributors are telling us that the browser will be on the disk. But stuffed away in an "extras" folder.

So can anyone tell me why the hell every other OS is allowed to ship with a browser, but Windows isn't? And does anyone really think this will make a jot of difference to the amount of people who use IE in preference over other browsers?
#15 at 12:37:25 - 29/06/2009
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Rhythm said:One bit of good news out of this: if you pre-order the Vista upgrade version of Windows 7 between 15th July and 9th August, it's half price. Only because MS reckon they have no time to develop and test an IE-free version, they'll be supplying European purchasers with full install products instead.

The price for the Home version? £49.99!


Cheers for that info Rhythm - I may get myself some of that Win7 action.
#16 at 14:50:49 - 29/06/2009
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Any specific shop doing that offer?
#17 at 16:00:50 - 29/06/2009
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Dragul said:Any specific shop doing that offer?


No, it's direct from Microsoft. I'm posting from my phone at the moment so links are tricky but it's the top deal at HotUKDEALS.COM at the moment
#18 at 16:55:11 - 29/06/2009
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#19 at 17:57:52 - 29/06/2009
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Thanks mate! Already bookmarked... :D
#20 at 21:39:10 - 29/06/2009

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