Originally Posted by tpi2007
Mozilla's position is illogical, but it doesn't really matter.
What does matter, and I would like to see, is a judge presenting to Microsoft's representatives an ARM powered tablet running Windows RT and an Intel Atom powered tablet running Windows 8 and asking why they are banning companies from doing their business on one of the platforms.
This will surely make the debate a lot more interesting and will probably result in the justice department looking at Apple and asking the same question. Tablets and smartphones are getting more and more powerful, they can handle an antivirus program by now. All this "security" talk is pretentiously companies arguing they need to make these devices more secure. One of the ways to do it and supposedly not needing an antivirus is to make it as much a closed platform as it can be.
Of course this path won't last long, not only because it's anti-competitive, but also because it's ineffective. Secure systems don't exist. Users better know this rather than ignorantly believe that their devices are secure.
...except Windows 8 RT is not the same OS as Windows 8 x86. By your logic, Microsoft should be charged with explaining the difference between Unix and Windows.
Originally Posted by Usario
This; there are lots of alternative web browsers available for iOS. If that rule is stupid or not is another issue entirely...
...which all use the same webkit wrapper.
Originally Posted by steelbom
That's not true, Apple has a clause in their SDK that states an app isn't allowed to include its own compiler or interpretor, amongst other things, and that has nothing to do with web browsers specifically.
Windows 8 (ARM) on the other hand is an open OS and there's no reason for them not to allow FireFox on there other than to restrict users to using Internet Explorer.
Windows 8 is not an open OS... It has no open source components unlike OS X. If you were allowed to develop a browser on iOS, you're restricted to using the Webkit rendering engine, the same as Safari and Chrome OS.
Also, it does specifically ban browsers:
“3.3.2 An Application may not download or install executable code. Interpreted code may only be used in an Application if all scripts, code and interpreters are packaged in the Application and not downloaded. The only exception to the foregoing is scripts and code downloaded and run by Apple’s built-in WebKit framework.”
Those "other browsers" are just slower versions of Safari.Edited by BizzareRide - 5/12/12 at 12:45pm