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Comment: Re:A good sign? (Score 1) 224

by jtgeibel (#31778374) Attached to: Firefox Search In Ubuntu 10.04 Changed To Google

So it sounds like Canonical is putting users first, which strikes me as a very good policy in the long-term, if they want to grow the user base.

I always wondered if Canonical would run into issues around Firefox trademarks. I know that Mozilla policy is sensitive with regards to what things downstream can change and still use the Firefox trademark. In particular they want to make sure that downstream vendors are not shipping buggy features and tarnishing the Firefox brand. I would expect that shipping a Firefox derivative that did not default to the Google search engine would not make Mozilla (or Google) happy. This is why I was so surprised when Canonical first announced the change to Yahoo.

Comment: Re:DK - large turd in a small bowl (Score 2, Insightful) 528

by jtgeibel (#21593089) Attached to: Users and Web Developers Vent Over IE7

You know, some times is can pay off to have principles and to stand for them. Who says that DK's company can't make any money while avoiding Microsoft's internet platform? Maybe his company isn't interested is writing enterprisey code for large corporations that are stuck in their old way. Maybe he isn't interested in working with customers that are going to force him to work in a closed platform.

Sometimes it makes sense to drive customers places they don't yet realize they need to be. I think DK's customers will thank him in a few years when their entire infrastructure isn't based on a proprietary system, just because the customer thought Silverlight looked cool.

Real programmers don't bring brown-bag lunches. If the vending machine doesn't sell it, they don't eat it. Vending machines don't sell quiche.