This is all good news but you realize that with every bit of good news there's something dark and mysterious waiting to be brought into the light: Plugins.
I hate plugins. Hate them. They are the bane of my online existence. Why do I need plugins? Why can't the browser just come equipped with the plugins I'll need to successfully and happily navigate through websites?
Surely the developers can come to an agreement with Adobe or whomever it is with the technology that requires a damn browser plugin to just allow them to include the plugin with the browser.
Why do I need to download and install a browser plugin just because someone has some Flash video thingy on their website?
And how often do I need to continue to send my eternal soul to the deepest, darkest reaches of hell by cursing and yelling at browser plugins that don't work or won't install?
It's very frustrating.
It is just this kind of annoying behavior that makes open source tools and Linux adoption all the more difficult. Do you really want to have to call your local tech support people every time a browser plugin won't install? No, you don't. Furthermore, you shouldn't have to.
Here's my solution:
Dear Browser Developers,
Hi. I'm a technical guy who works on a variety of operating systems and have been working with Linux and open source applications for a very long time (Circa 1995) and I have one simple request for your wonderful product <Insert Plugin-needing Browser Name Here> that needs various plugins to operate correctly on websites. INCLUDE THEM WITH THE DAMN BROWSER. Pretty please.
Including the most common plugins with the browser would solve so many problems and make our, the end users, lives so much simpler. And I know you want that too, don't you? You see, many who use, or would use, your product want a trouble-free experience and if we have to spend many frustrating hours downloading, installing and troubleshooting browser plugin problems just so we can see someone's Flash presentation--well, it just isn't worth it.
So, please--I'm asking nicely--include the plugins with the browser.
There. See? Painless and simple.
Surely it isn't too much to ask. If it is, then can someone please create a plugin that successfully downloads and installs all other plugins?
Life just shouldn't be this difficult when the solution is so simple.
Write back and tell me about your interesting browser plugin experiences. I'm hoping it isn't just me.