The road to freedom in the embedded world
Posted Mar 23, 2007 6:49 UTC (Fri) by Hanno
In reply to: The road to freedom in the embedded world
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To date I've seen no indication that it was impossible to uninstall/remove Opera and in fact saw more than one discussion and request about switching to a Free Software default browser instead of Opera.
You misunderstood me. (English is not my first language.)
It is certainly possible to remove Opera. It would be possible to replace it with an open source browser, if one existed that worked as well.
BUT what I was trying to say is that Minimo is not (yet) an equivalent drop-in-and-forget replacement for Opera on the N800.
So if it is indeed impossible to uninstall Opera, I'd like to have some technical background to this with which I could approach Nokia. Can you provide me with a reference for this?
Once again: You misunderstood me and there is no need to approach Nokia or Opera about this, since they are not at fault for this.
There just isn't an open source browser package for the N800 that a user can install INSTEAD of Opera. Because noone made an equivalent, yet. It is possible to make an equivalent browser and Nokia won't stop anyone trying to make one, but there isn't one available so far.
(To compare it with the flash situation: You can of course use open source flash implementations, but they are not equivalent to the closed source flash player, yet. So as a user, it's not possible to just use swfdec or gnash as a full replacement for the flash player, because the open source alternatives don't work as well.)
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