Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

The secret of Firefox's success

Filed under
Software

On the one hand, you have the Microsoft Internet Explorer with hundreds of millions of PR dollars and a mega-monopoly behind it, and on the other, a relatively small, open source application run by a handful of individuals.

People-power has arrived, a reality the entertainment and software cartels in particular are having painfully and forcefully thrust upon them.

Mitchell Baker runs Mozilla and she believes in "the once-radical notion that software should be written cooperatively and freely shared," says a story in the Mercury News.

There's no doubt Mozilla has been, and still is, coolly and calculatingly exploiting the Net as a sales and promotion tool. Or it thinks it is. The advertising industry calls it viral marketing. But the ad folks didn't create it. They're just cashing in on an existing Net phenomenon which they've had to label. Otherwise they couldn't sell it.

But Firefox is doing well only because Jane and John Doe like it: it's neat and it has cool hooks. And vitally important, it isn't Microsoft. And that's what they're telling each other. And they'd still have been talking about it without any help from the marketeers. P2p direct. Email, IM, chats, posts on sites, mobiles of various kinds. You name it.

Full Story.

More in Tux Machines

Dekko 0.5 Beta (Email Client For Ubuntu Touch) Has Been Released

As you may know, Canonical has started working at Dekko, its own email client for Ubuntu Touch, using the lightweight Trojita email client as code-base. Read more

Running FreeBSD on the server: a sysadmin speaks

For years now, Linux has been all the rage. But in recent times, there have been murmurings among some veterans — long-time users — after the introduction of systemd, the init system that seems to overstep its boundaries. Read more

More tools for creating QR Codes in Linux

In my previous post I showed how to install CuterCode and Qreator, two simple GUI applications for producing QR Codes. I have now found a couple of other GUI applications, Portable QR-Code Generator and QtQR, both of which offer more features than the aforementioned two, such as allowing you to specify the amount of error correction to be incorporated into the QR Code. And now to the two applications …

Read more

today's leftovers