Google Chrome

Fred C fred at
Thu Sep 4 06:42:15 UTC 2008

On Sep 3, 2008, at 11:27 PM, Ted Mittelstaedt wrote:

>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: owner-freebsd-questions at
>> [mailto:owner-freebsd-questions at]On Behalf Of Fred C
>> Sent: Wednesday, September 03, 2008 11:21 PM
>> To: RW
>> Cc: freebsd-questions at
>> Subject: Re: Google Chrome
>> On Sep 3, 2008, at 5:21 PM, RW wrote:
>>> On Thu, 4 Sep 2008 00:47:34 +0200 (CEST)
>>> Wojciech Puchar <wojtek at> wrote:
>>>>> For most people that's already happened, except that it's
>>>>> Adobe-Flash WWW. Google's approach of open-source software, and
>>>>> open-extensions, leading to new standards, sounds a lot better to
>>>>> me.
>>>> except it leads to google-everything. not even a bit better than
>>>> microsoft-everything
>>> There's a lot of difference. Microsoft has always tried to undermine
>>> standards because standards give its competitors a more level- 
>>> playing
>>> field, which is what Google needs for its webapps to compete with
>>> Microsoft's desktop applications. I don't see how that's bad for
>>> anyone except Microsoft.
>> So you mean that google is learning from the Microsoft mistakes. Or
>> maybe
>> google need to get along with the standards for now, but as soon as
>> they have
>> secured the market they will define the standards as they need it to
>> be for their
>> benefit.
> Since they are defining standards that are implemented in open source
> code under BSD license I don't see the problem.
> You can complain the day that Adobe releases the source for Acrobat
> Reader, and Flash, under BSD license, and Google closes the source for
> Chrome, OK?

I am not saying what they are doing is not good for the community.  
Like everyone
here I thing that's great. Not only because it's one more pice of  
freesoftware. Also
because that will force web developers to use standards instead of  
specificities only
available on IE. I am just saying that what they are doing is for  
their own good and
not for the good of mankind. Their business model doesn't rely on  
software ownership
but on data mining.


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