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[News] Firefox an Example of the Power of Free Software Development Models

  • Subject: [News] Firefox an Example of the Power of Free Software Development Models
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 25 Nov 2007 00:44:03 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
Firefox's dev team: Canada's best-kept IT secret

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| The statistics on Firefox 2, Nightingale said, show that almost half of the 
| browser's code comes from people outside of the community. Because of this, 
| Nightingale praised Humphrey's for his efforts in getting students involved 
| in the project and expressed encouragement for more closely linked 
| partnerships with schools across Canada.    



Ross: Firefox Goes Where Few Browsers Have Gone Before

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| Blake Ross continues to work on the Firefox browser and on the upcoming
| 3.0 version of the browser. But Ross is also involved in a new
| company called Parakey, which he has said is working on
| building essentially a Web-based operating system.


Mitchell Baker and the Firefox Paradox

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| Its products are free. Its work force is largely volunteer. Its meetings 
| are open to anyone. It's a nonprofit. It may be the hottest tech company in 
| America.
| [...]
| Open-source software organizations such as those that developed the
| Linux PC operating system and the Apache Web server program have
| long wrestled with ways to keep lines of communication open and
| to distribute decision making among vast communities of mostly
| software-developer volunteers. But Mozilla can't fall back on
| these precedents, either. Unlike other open-source ventures,
| which tend to be niche products embraced by techies who become 
| fiercely loyal to and dependent on the software, Firefox is a
| mass-market, consumer-oriented product that can easily be
| replaced should it fail to offer distinct advantages over
| the competition. That means Mozilla has to move faster and be
| more innovative and marketing-oriented than its open-source
| cousins.


Microsoft's browser market share drops 9.5 percent in a year

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| Microsoft Explorer's share of the browser market has fallen almost 10 percent 
| in the past 12 months, to 63.9 percent, mostly at the expense of Firefox 
| which has boosted its share from 11.8 to 17.4 percent.  


Firefox passes 400 million downloads

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| Firefox just passed the 400 million download mark, according to the Spread 
| Firefox site for promoting the open-source, extendable Web browser. 


Firefox takes 28% market share in Europe

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| All European countries saw an increase in Firefox participation with Hungary 
| showing the most dramatic increase from 27.2%, in the latest March 2007 
| survey, to 39.7%. Overall, Europe grew from 24.1% to 27.8%.  


IE6: The zombie browser

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| Paul Graham's much-dissected essay Microsoft is Dead offers some witty and 
| perceptive analysis, but it sidesteps the fact that Microsoft's rotten corpse 
| will take decades to decompose.  


IE7 Bites the Dust! Firefox 2.0 Did It!

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| In the same three months, Internet Explorer 7 only managed to move up from 
| 32.02% to 33.15% and to 33.55%, meaning that in the past two months IE7 only 
| jumped 1.53%.  


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