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Tuesday, October 04, 2005

HP To PreInstall Netscape

Computer maker HP, has decided to ship all its computers in the U.S. and Canada with Netscape 8.0 installed. When setting up the new machine, users will have the option to set Netscape or Internet Explorer as their default browser.

This is a giant leap forward for alternative browsers. Now, Mozilla (FireFox) and Opera need to put the pressure on HP (and other manufacturers) to include their browsers as well. Cost to the manufacturer would be minimal as both browsers are available for free. Netscape is paying HP to distribute their browser. I wonder if Mozilla and Opera could come up with the money necessary to implement a deal like this with manufacturers.

Techworld: HP adds Netscape as standard on new PCs

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