thanks for your reply.
On Wed, Aug 8, 2012 at 6:00 PM, Joe Marini <joem...@google.com
> You can still allow your users to install extensions from your own site
> using Inline Installation, you just need to host the extension on the CWS.
let me try to explain in a bit more detail why this worries me.
the fact that inline install is still available doesn't solve the
monopoly lock-in between device (chromebook) or browser (chrome) and
software provider (chrome web store). Free software is a battle that
has been going on for many decades.
In the early days of computing, computer vendors locked you into their
hardware by making software non-portable. the free software movement
and the invention of compatible operating system APIs like
posix/unix/linux and compatible hardware like ibm-compatible PCs
solved this, but commercial companies have continued to try to create
monopolies by creating tight couplings between various products.
the most famous example from the 90s was microsoft who integrated
internet explorer into windows. this was deemed illegal by commercial
competition laws, and they had to allow users to install browsers from
other vendors on their operating system. Chrome is one of the browsers
that makes up our landscape of freedom to choose which browser we want
it is important that i can use internet explorer to search on google
or i can use google chrome to search on bing. it's consumer freedom
that helps encourage competition and pushes both technology and user
about a year ago (or maybe it was two years ago) apple announced that
they would start to move their app store up from iOS to also OS X
devices. that means that although i still have the freedom to install
the software i want on the device i own, they are slowly creating a
"platform" where the application and the hardware / operating system
are tightly coupled. that is bad for freedom of choice.
suppose car manufacturers would team up with highway construction
companies and create highways where you are only allowed to drive
Volvo. it would meet with huge protests from the general public. Yet
the "electronic highway" is currently going towards such a situation,
and it's a sad thing imho.
for more info on why platforms are bad, see for instance 'freedom in
the cloud' by Eben Moglen.
i hope this explains my concerns a bit more and puts it in some