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The Mozilla Foundation, Opera Software and Apple Computer--all browser makers--said on Wednesday that they have teamed up with plug-in vendors Sun Microsystems, Adobe Systems and Macromedia to revise the way plug-ins run in non-Microsoft browsers.
Ultimately, plug-in depends on trust and it has long been proven that you can't trust a plug-in.
"Plug-in" and "ActiveX" are not synonymous.
When Microsoft replaced the Netscape JVI (Java Runtime Interface) in IE 5.5 SP2 and IE 6.0 with the ActiveX Java/COM Interface (instead of the proposed Java Native Interface) security went the MS way (can you say "swiss cheese"?):
So we are returning to "plug-ins" and leaving "ActiveX". About time. Stated goals are great. Hope they turn out as good.