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Friday, November 11, 2005

After the Fox

Mozilla's Web browser Firefox is marking its first year on the Internet this week. In one year, the browser has grabbed 8.65% of the worldwide market and almost 14% of the European market, putting a dent in Microsoft's Internet Explorer dominance.

Since the debut of Firefox 1.0 last November, users have downloaded 106.4 million copies of the open-source Web browser, according to the Mozilla Foundation. Chris Beard, head of marketing and product management for Mozilla Corp. said that, "in the past year, Firefox helped validate the concept of an open-source browser and encourage its use through viral word-by-mouth marketing." And as Firefox enters its second year, several changes are in store. "In 2006, we plan to adopt a more aggressive product cycle," Beard said. "Firefox 2 will launch in the midpoint of next year and Firefox 3 will be out in the first quarter of 2007."

Microsoft IE is still very dominant in Malta. However, Firefox is gaining ground among all sorts of Internet users looking for a safer browser than Internet Explorer. According to XiTi Monitor, 11.6% of Internet users in Malta have Firefox on their computers. This figure doubled from XiTi's estimate for the previous month.

Owen Cutajar was one of the first Maltese adopters of Firefox last year, even before it was officially launched. Last June he asked one of my favourite questions when he blogged about the spread of Firefox.

A number of Maltese bloggers promote the free browser on their blogs: Diverse Ramblings and Kenneth's Online Repository are just two.

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  • Blogger Kenneth said...

    I never realised that Firefox has got such a sizeable share locally. It's especially remarkable given the Maltese "if ain't broken, don't fix it" attitude (even though it is indeed "broken") and the general reluctance to ditch well-established conformities.

    On the positive side, one must also mention that Firefox has also been deliberately installed on most of the public computers on campus - something which many enthusiastic Firefox evangelists on SpreadFireFox have long been trying to achieve in their respective universities abroad. 

    Friday, November 11, 2005 10:32:00 PM
    Blogger Kenneth said...

    And this just in, Google will be paying $1 for every person that downloads Firefox (incl. the Google toolbar) through a link on your site (only available to US users for the time being.)

    Not exactly what you'd call fair play, but anyways. I'm not very fond of this ploy. 

    Friday, November 11, 2005 10:55:00 PM
    Blogger mistoqsija said...

    I downloaded firefox following Maltagirl and Lena's recommendations but it gives me some trouble when opening certain sites from which you'd have to open some Acrobat file (for example I cannot access cases from the Justice website). So now I'm kinda put off. 

    Saturday, November 12, 2005 7:01:00 PM
    Anonymous robotperson said...

    mistoqsija, sites that fail in Firefox are the result of lazy, IE-centric, and non-standards compliant web development. It's exactly this sort of slackness that helps perpetuate the IE hegemony in the browser market, by putting off people like you from switching.

    I agree though, it is annoying when pages don't work in Firefox. You should email the site and complain. Otherwise, there's a handy firefox extension called IE view, which automatically opens whatever page you're currently trying to view in Firefox, in IE.

    More on my favourite extensions. 

    Tuesday, November 15, 2005 10:34:00 PM

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