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"IE for Linux" hack offers one more reason not to boot Windows

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A BRAZILIAN web designer got tired of having to boot Windows to see how web pages looked in IE, so he coded a little script allowing anyone to download, install and run IE on Linux.

Six years ago, if you dared to ask how to run IE on Linux, you'd get replies like this one, telling you 'petition Microsoft for one' -and wait until Hell freezes over, I'd add. Well, one realistic person named Sérgio Lopes, a 21 years old web designer and Linux user from Brazil, decided to make it easy for non-techies to install and run the Windows version of the Vole's web browser effortlessly.

Full Story.

Quick and really dirty.

But it's still not attacking the real problem, MSIE and IIS not following standards.

that's not the point

It is attacking the problem, the one where a web-developer is paid to make an application run on the worlds most popular browser. The world is full of compromises and in this case people like me don't have a choice but to test on IE. Don't get me wrong, I like standars...

I understand.

But Microsoft should also love standards, not destroy them. WWW was Tim Berners-Lee baby, Ted Nelson is still pissed of about the fact that Tim's solution won and not his own project. After all, Ted Nelson coined the concept of an web browser back in the sixtys. It really boils down to that the World Wide Web is an public place where rules apply. Think of an roadcross, would you like if everyone could have their own rules and act accordingly? ISC, IETF, IANA, ICANN and W3C (yes I know, WWW) is some of the organs controlling actitvity on The Internet. Companies like Microsoft should do as they are told and not invent something that breaks everything.
Netscape Navigator/Communicator is long gone, it's time the last dino dies too...

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