Wed - Jul 25, 2007 : 10:30 am
Active X, Microsoft, *sigh*...
I've just gotta say.... WHAT THE %$@! ????
At work, I need to have a windows box along side my gentoo installation, so I can easily view stuff on IE 6,7,etc... Well... I downloaded a PDF and thought to myself, "Gee, it'd be nice to view this PDF I just downloaded..." So, I go to Adobe.com and try to download their reader. Do I get it? Yes!
But as soon as I try to download it, I get a "You need an Active X driver for this download" prompt. So... I figure - what the hey - it's Adobe...
As soon as I click okay, a download dialog box pops up that informs me I'm downloading, not only the reader, but also the google toolbar, and some mutation of a free version of Photoshop.... both of which I *did not want!!!*
Did I have a choice to download them? Nope. Could I cancel them once the magical download wizard got started? Nope. I just sit there and wait to uninstall all the crap adobe force-feeds me.
What a joke. I hate windows.
Oh! Wait! The download just finished and the story gets even better!
The wonderful Active-X installer successfully installed the google / Photoshop crap it downloaded, but it failed on the Adobe Reader - WHICH IS THE ONLY FREAKING PROGRAM I WANTED IN THE FIRST PLACE!
Man.... What a crock of marketing dictatorship the M$ portion of the web has become.
Thank heavens for Linux / Firefox / Openoffice / Open Source.