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Firefox giving Microsoft plenty to think about

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Since its launch three years ago, Mozilla's Firefox web browser has shown the world that open-source software can challenge the establishment.

According to data from Net Applications, an online market analysis house, Firefox now holds about 15 per cent of the browser market, second to Microsoft Internet Explorer's 79 per cent.

But Mitchell Baker, the chairman of the Silicon Valley-based Mozilla Corporation, says Firefox is predominantly about promoting a healthy and open internet where no company or individual holds a monopoly on innovation.

"I think the software world is changing pretty dramatically so I think there's a bunch of commercial models that might not survive either," Ms Baker said.

"Open-source is certainly part of that flux."

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