Cheeky Sun throws in OpenOffice with Java

28 Aug 2008
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Sun, which has spent the past decade constantly moaning about the worst excesses of Microsoft's behaviour, is clearly not averse to employing underhand tactics of its own.

Having spent the past couple of days wilfully ignoring the Java update nagging away in my System Tray, I finally relented and installed the latest version, only to be confronted with the following screen:

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Admittedly, Sun was only trying to force the OpenOffice installer on me, rather than automatically downloading the hundreds of megabytes that comprise the full suite. But after the furore caused when Apple automatically ticked the Safari installation with iTunes updates earlier this year, it's amazing that companies are still resorting to such cheap tricks.

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