if that were true then no one could program anymore. programming works in tags in its source, many just being variable tags, so by saying this, you're saying near every program made is illegal. and there is a few programs that turn finished executables back into source, but you have to go through agreements not to release licenced source in any way, and that you are liable for any legal infringements, for they're only made for fixing bugs on your own.
I'm sorry, but you're very deluded and naive. The Mozilla organization would be raining s*** down onto Microsoft if they used ANY code written under the GPL license. There was a big to-do a couple years back that Microsoft may have used part of the old BSD TCP stack in Windows 3.1.... not because someone magically turned the executable into source code (which is difficult even for simple programs, and impossible for complex ones), but because the BUGS were similar!!!
The Internet Explorer code has evolved over the past 6 or 7 years from all in-house closed programming within the walls of Microsoft. The Mozilla project basically started anew, doing open source programming all licensed under the GPL.
The entire point of the GPL (General Public License), which is the license under which much OSS (Open Source Software) is released (including Linux and Firefox), is that anyone is free to use the code in any way they see fit as long as it too remains Open Source!!!
Seriously, and I can't stress this enough, if Microsoft used a single function found in the Mozilla source code, the license clearly states that Microsoft would need to open source Internet Explorer in its entirety.
This isn't just legal babble, it's real and it's a big big deal. The Mozilla organization would s*** THEMSELVES with glee if they were able to screw Microsoft and/or Opera over something this brain-dead easy.
you were saying before how windows has advantages over UNIX, being open source isn't always better just because it's open source
opera has many compatability issues, but nothing major as far as I've seen, everything works just as it would in IE for me, all media plays with an embeded player, swf plays without skips, and I haven't had it crash even once other then the time I had RAM made for an AMD machine in this intel one
I remember my one big peeve that made me get rid of it was that ESPN.com would not work.
also, you said firefox was faster
Page load times for the main page on tfs were for IE: 6.2sec, Firefox: 3.4sec, Opera 1.8, and opera has a cache folder on the hard disk, so when you push "back" you see the last page instantly without reloading anything from the server, wheras last I saw firefox and IE both required that
All browsers have a cache folder on the hard disk. In IE, go to Tools -> Internet Options and look at the Temporary Internet Files section. This is a cache (and users are well advised to hit Settings and turn the ridiculously large number that Windows defaults to down to 100 or 150 MB). In Firefox, go to Tools -> Options, then select Privacy and you will see the Cache settings at the bottom.
This has been a function of all browsers basically since the beginning.
One of the differences with TFS is that TFS reloads the page whenever it gets displayed. I imagine this is programmed into the site because no other site does this. If Opera doesn't do this, it sounds like it's broken as well.