Posted by cowwoc
on June 13, 2008 at 12:32 PM PDT
I just tried the JRE installer for the first time in years and I've got agree with the critics: the Yahoo toolbar installer has to go to.
If a user installs my desktop application which bundles the JRE installer the last thing I want him to see is a prompt to install the Yahoo toolbar. It makes *my* application look like adware! Furthermore, it leads my users to believe that *I* am the one trying to make money by trying to sell them the toolbar and that, in turn, leads to many other undesired consequences especially if the customer has already paid for the software. Users expect free software with ads, or paid software without it. Mixing the two has undesired consequences ;)
I acknowledge that the Yahoo toolbar is not adware, but you've got to realize that most users don't make that distinction. The only time it's acceptable to prompt them to install the Yahoo toolbar is when they're installing other Yahoo products. Anything else looks like spyware/adware.
Sun is locked in a very competitive race against .NET and Flash on the desktop front. I would humbly suggest that this is not the time to try to cash in on JRE installations. Increased penetration on the desktop will yield much more money in the long run.