Linked by Howard Fosdick on Tue 6th Dec 2011 21:38 UTC
Google "In Mozilla's recently released 2010 annual report, the foundation indicates that 86% and 84% of royalty revenue came from one contract in 2009 and 2010, respectively. Mozilla separately confirms that Google is its largest contract." Evan Niu at Motley Fool then estimates that of Mozilla's last year royalty revenue of $121.1 million, $101.7 million came from Google. The article speculates that Google might eventually kill Firefox by withdrawing its financial support.
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RE: Why stop funding?
by vapier on Wed 7th Dec 2011 21:40 UTC in reply to "Why stop funding?"
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Google developed Chrome/Chromium to have a BSD (-like) product they could use in closed ChromeOS.

yeah, no, that isn't why Chrome was created. Chrome existed before Chrome OS was even thought of.

also, in what way exactly is Chrome OS "closed" ? anyone can download the source code, build their own, and even update their Chromebooks. the only way you could construe it to be "closed" is if you were talking about the Google services Chrome OS *optionally* utilizes. but that doesn't even really make sense since Chrome OS doesn't require Google services at all.

Edited 2011-12-07 21:41 UTC

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