The changes all around in the browser market have at least one of the people at Mozilla worried. He understands that Firefox is losing mind share, if not actual user share, because it is now a follower, not a leader.

It was possible to keep the masses in the dark with Mozilla copies of Opera innovations, because Opera never had the need to publicize the fact. It allowed Mozilla to do some innovations on its own, and nick the rest from Opera, coming out looking like a real powerhouse of innovation.

With Chrome, Google has the money to overpower any other browser developer, save for possibly Microsoft. It also has the manpower to develop at a blistering pace, though not quite the pace that the revision numbering would indicate. Chrome is putting in the goodies that the above average user wants, and those who don’t want those features are able to use the browser without the extensions, or stay with an older version – as Google is making no moves to shut out the older revisions, for whatever reason. Part of the joy of open source and free software is the ability to not be pushed into a newer version against your will – Mozilla seems to have forgotten this, for not all changes are being forced due to security concerns.

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“Firefox’s co-founder Blake Ross is skeptical about the future of Firefox. He says that ‘the Mozilla Organization has gradually reverted back to its old ways of being too timid, passive, and consensus-driven to release breakthrough products quickly.’ Within the past year Chrome has been steadily increasing its market share, along with the other WebKit-based browsers like Safari. Meanwhile Mozilla’s (outgoing) CEO says that while Firefox is more competitive than ever, they’re looking forward to their mobile version of Firefox. ‘Clearly, both are annoyed at what has happened to their former renegade web browser. But, by many accounts, Firefox is no longer considered to be the light, open alternative it once was.'”

Looking for redemption through a mobile version of the browser is a silly way of treating the loyal user base. it is as if they are thinking that everyone will soon be using a mobile device to browse the web to the exclusion of a PC – it just is not going to happen.

As the paragraph above indicates, most don’t look at Firefox as the scrappy contender, but the second choice to Internet Exploder. Chrome is what the cool kids use, and Opera is again the innovator that gets no respect – except from those who know the insides of the internet. Several surveys have published the fact that Opera is used by those who bring the bad stuff to the internet, primarily because they want to be protected from others with their same pastime.

I can’t speak with authority on safari, as I don’t use it, and I know of not one person that uses it on a non-Mac computer.

How may of you use Firefox today? Have you tried Opera or Chrome (or Iron or Dragon)? As I was saying, if you look for a good experience, Chrome, one of the variants, or Opera will give a great one. If you are following the heat, then you definitely want to use Chrome (or a variant), as these are changing most quickly, and thus far, no wrong turns have been taken.

Some say that Firefox should move to WebKit, which I think would be silly with the man-hours and results they have had thus far. The developers of Firefox do need to start thinking about what is making the Chrome based browsers hot, aside from the influence of Google.

No one developing extensions for Chrome is asking for money.

• Chrome is not making changes which necessitate upgrades for extensions on the scale that Firefox has done.

• The Chrome developers have not forgotten that it is the users (the advanced users) that are driving adoption – Mozilla forgot that long ago, trying instead to be the corporate, safe choice. This is wrong since the corporate safe choice is Internet Exploder – Microsoft has told the IT staff that, and the IT staff, or their bosses, believe it.

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Clearly not a fan of Opera or Chrome, the person that made this seems to be looking for Mr. Goodbrowser, and not finding it.



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