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Using Wget's User Agent Option Safely On Linux And Unix

Jan 09, 2009, 03:03 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mike Tremell)

[ Thanks to Mike Golvach for this link. ]

"The above is a valid concern, which is why we include it on so many pages. We don't personally know anyone whom Mozilla has stomped upon and ground into dust, but they have made the fact that they are willing to do so, very well known. This posed a bit of a conundrum, considering that browsers ranging from Firefox to Opera to every version of Internet Explorer we can remember, all have the string "Mozilla" in their "user agent" identifier, or are otherwise linked to this gargantuan beast ;) This coincidence probably has to do with standards compliance and Internet ethics (some way they can make sure that people who hit a web page with IE get served up the same content as folks who hit that same page with Firefox), which (if you recall) Microsoft has a long and storied history of ignoring, while simultaneously "convincing" the majority of Internet sites and online businesses to "do it their way" by offering simple incentives, like free Development tools, as long as the end-user agreed not to support a competitor."

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