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Re: Firefox hits 100,000,000 downloads

  • Subject: Re: Firefox hits 100,000,000 downloads
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2005 03:38:34 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: schestowitz.com / MCC / Manchester University
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__/ [7] on Friday 21 October 2005 01:05 \__

> Larry Qualig wrote:
>> "B Gruff" <bbgruff@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
>> news:3rqmt8Fl32v7U1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
>>> http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/10/20/firefox_100m_downloads/
>>> A word of caution though from The Register:-
>>> "Since Firefox lacks a proper update function you have to download the
>>> software every time you want to update the browser, as reg</em readers
>>> point out. Because of this it would be unwise to conclude there are
>>> anything approaching 100m Firefox users out there."
>>> (Hmmm .... on the other hand, I've installed a couple of dozen for people
>>> over the last 12 months from my own CD...... and it does seem to be
>>> included in one or two Linux distros, and presumably those distros each
>>> have a customer or two.....)

The  Register points out an important fact that I thought about many times
before.  Don't  forget, however, that plenty of people 'hop  aboard'  only
when  1.0.5, for example, come out. In fact, since growth/expansion is un-
likely to be linear, one must take that assumption into consideration.

I got us another Firefox user last night. She wasn't enlightened enough to
ever  make the transition either. Her Blue E was broken by something  that
she installed (or installed itself) so my finger pointed at Opera or Fire-
fox as quick fix, or as I phrased it -- "an upgrade".

>>> I note that Thunderbird is pretty popular amongst the Windows enthusiasts
>>> here as well...:-)

Hey, people want their mail to be stored in a format that's interpretable.
Back  when  I was using Outlook Express on a laptop I was saving all  mes-
sages as HTML or EML (plain E-mail). I did this on a monthly basis.

>> September 2005 Browser Market Share:
>> Microsoft Internet Explorer - 86.87%
>> FireFox - 7.55%
> Thanks - so now it means FireFox is main stream product
> because its passed the magic 7% threshold set for
> global market share. No responsible corporation or
> government body (notably FEMA), management, software
> developer company, training institute etc can refuse
> to support it without taking flack and possibly risk
> facing legal action.

Exactly!  The  evidence  begins  to  surface too.  Noone  can  ignore  the
Mozilla/Netscape  family,  let alone design solely for MSIE.  This  sudden
change  in  tide helps Opera and Safari (among others) users as well.  Mi-
crosoft  see another lock-in, whereby users without Windows (hence IE) are
discriminated against, immediately broken. OpenOffice (version 2 for Linux
and  Windows now out) has a similar effect. You can use Solaris these days
and not be crippled by anything.

Best Regards,


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