Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 13th Oct 2006 14:12 UTC
Internet Explorer Recent high-profile security problems with Internet Explorer have done little to dent its market share - or maybe not, according to conflicting reports on web browser use. Web analytics firm reckons that IE's global usage share is 85.85 per cent, an increase of 2.8 per cent since July 2006. Mozilla Firefox's open source browser claims second place with a share of 11.49 per cent, a decrease of 1.44 per cent since July 2006. Apple's Safari claimed 1.61 per cent (down 0.23 per cent), and Opera held 0.69 per cent of the market. However, statistics from websites tools firm Net Applications, cited by Ars Technica, paint a contrasting picture.
Thread beginning with comment 171823
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
by hal2k1 on Sun 15th Oct 2006 11:45 UTC
Member since:

I think there is possibly some serious misunderstanding of FOSS motivations here.

The words quoted below say it better than I can.;724544089;pp;2

I think business players in the community can be made to understand that the one thing Microsoft can't embrace, extend and extinguish is FOSS values. You can trust the community, because it didn't write the software to do anything but honestly write the very best software it could. There are no hidden motives. No games. No lies. No underhanded marketing gamesmanship. It's pure software, written with love and for fun and in some cases to provide freedom to users. Nobody wrote Linux with the motive to destroy Microsoft, even if the reverse motivation might be true. And there is an honesty about the software. No FOSS developer would ever pretend that a browser was part of an operating system, for example. It's a different and more straightforward world.

FOSS motivation is all about what is good for the end users. This is because the software development model is a "meritocracy". Whatever code is best is adopted.

It has nothing whatsoever to do with "destroying Microsoft". It is not a vendetta.

It is a more of a "quest for freedom" for software users.

In the context of this thread, end users need to know that if they are not an expert, then using IE and Windows for things like Internet banking is not safe. There are alternatives ... and just about any of the alternatives is actually far better than IE and Windows.

Edited 2006-10-15 11:50

Reply Score: 1