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Posted on August 28th, 2008 by Barry Collins

Cheeky Sun throws in OpenOffice with Java

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:

Java OpenOffice installer

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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4 Responses to “ Cheeky Sun throws in OpenOffice with Java ”

  1. james016 Says:
    August 28th, 2008 at 9:58 am

    They also bundle the Google Toolbar with Java as well. I always untick it.

  2. Owen Says:
    September 30th, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    You know what, this is not acceptable.

    I was unhappy when I heard that Apple had done it and while it kind of sucks that they’re trying to pull the same tactics at least they are providing something useful.

    I mean the Yahoo tool bar is useless. Why would I want that when I install flash?

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