Getting Fox News to work with Firefox
hlhowell at pacbell.net
Fri Jan 26 21:57:56 UTC 2007
On Fri, 2007-01-26 at 10:10 -0600, Aaron Konstam wrote:
> On Fri, 2007-01-26 at 09:21 -0500, Joe Klemmer wrote:
> > On Sun, 21 Jan 2007, Aaron Konstam wrote:
> > > Let us forget about news sites for a minute. firefox will not allow you
> > > to check the balance on your credit card by going to: www.citicards.com
> > >
> > > These things really have to be dealt with if Linux is to be a viable
> > > alternative to Windows.
> > Now this one is completely off base. The video issue was
> > partially relative in that things might work better if FC came with all
> > the proprietary codecs installed but if firefox doesn't work with
> > citicards.com then it is 100% a problem with the site and nothing at all
> > to do with firefox, fedora, linux or anything at all related to them.
> This belated comment id not completely true. Of course part of the
> problem is with the web site. But since firefox loads the web site in
> Windows part of the problem is with firefox on Linux.
This is one view. However, Windows plays fast and loose with
standards. This means that software that is not written to the
standards will not load on browsers that adhere to the standards. One
effect is that writing and testing software for Windows means that you
have to go to Redmond and verify your software across many platforms.
Another effect is that the Virtual Machine for Java that Microsoft used
originally loosend Java Security, and left holes for intrusive software,
as well as incompatibilities with existing standards driven by Sun.
The effect that we see is that things that work on Windows break when
run in a secure and standards compliant interface, thus Linux versions
of Firefox may fail to run sites written on Windows that violate
standards or just ignore conventions based on the standards (a
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