Sebastien has posted his thoughts on the MD5 vulnerability. Check it out!
Anyways, a couple of thoughts:
It is clear from Chris Anderson's last post that it is an ongoing strategy to come up with schemes that will lock Linux out (even if they are highly inadequate for the world where scams are the rule of the day).
Avalon's feature set is one of these creative things they come up with. I am convinced that they see Avalon as the tool that will replace the Web (the marketing folks will step in and claim that they `augment the user experience').
Maybe we are reaching a point where we need government regulations on the software industry or in some of its components. An explicit acknowledgment of Linux and open source players as an important player in consumer choice.
Ah, not only had I suggested that when Slashdot posts a link to the MS lobbying efforts.
Speaking of augmenting the user experience. It is clear that plenty of work can be done today to augment the user experience of the web: GMail and Google Local services is leading the pack in smooth user interfaces. Everyone is raving about the keyboard navigation, the clean look and the good interaction of GMail, while am delighted to see the clever hacks to explore maps without doing page reloads.
And finally there is A9 who also sports a great user interface on the Web.
Firefox reached one million downloads ahead of schedule. Congratulations to the Mozilla hackers!
Someone else also thinks that Java APIs got too academic: here
Posted on 19 Sep 2004