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[News] A Look at the Great Progress of Free Software

  • Subject: [News] A Look at the Great Progress of Free Software
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 11 Nov 2009 08:48:11 +0000
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The State of Open Source on Firefox's Fifth Birthday

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| A number of other important open source 
| initiatives have also been around for a 
| while. Apache's Web server software was 
| first released in 1995. Linux appeared even 
| earlier, debuting in 1991, with roots going 
| back to 1983. That operating system has yet 
| to make any serious inroads onto the 
| desktop.
| Compared to those two initiatives, Firefox 
| has been a marked success, growing faster 
| in a shorter period of time. Mozilla has 
| found the mechanisms that work to bring 
| products to market faster than before. 
| Launched in 2003, WordPress also rose to 
| prominence relatively quickly. There are 
| other examples of speedy success in the 
| open-source world.
| The most interesting example of a hurry-up 
| offense in this space might well be the 
| Android OS. Had it seen a more traditional 
| launch, we could have expected five-plus 
| years to see any traction for the mobile 
| operating system. Handsets running the OS 
| will be selling like gangbusters this time 
| next year. 


A response to "free software major league or minor?": Unjustified dismissal?

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| Thus FOSS is not static. It fills niches. 
| It grows organically in amazing ways with 
| untold creativity and diversity. It is a 
| better way of meeting needs, and turns 
| consumers into contributors. One scrap of 
| free software functionality is therefore 
| more valuable to the individual and the 
| community of computer users at large, than 
| a vast edifice of commercial software. One 
| has the potential to grow, collaborate, 
| give back, diversify, address needs in an 
| honest and progressive way. The other does 
| not.



After 5 years, Firefox faces new challenges

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| Overall, though, Shaver believes Firefox's
| position is strong. He cites as evidence the
| continuing growth rate--an estimated 160
| million users of Firefox 3.0 exploding to
| about twice that now with the current Firefox
| 3.5.


Firefox at 5: The Fall and Rise of Mozilla

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| If you want an excellent discussion of what
| exactly has happened in the browser sector
| during the last five years, I doubt you'll do
| better than this fine post from Chris
| Blizzard, who rejoices in the splendid job
| title of âDirector of Evangelism at Mozillaâ.


Images: Firefox through the ages


five years of firefox

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| Five years ago, on November 9th, 2004, we set
| the world on fire with the launch of Firefox
| 1.0 and the beginning of the modern era for
| Web browsers.


Firefox At Five: 'Web Freedom May Not Last'

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| Tristan Nitot, the president of Mozilla
| Europe, may be celebrating, but he has lost
| none of the passion of the Firefox "mission".
| He believes web freedoms are under threat and | younger users risk becoming complacent.

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