Mozilla's Global Usage Share Now at 1.1 Percent

Monday December 16th, 2002

Tyrannosaurus Moz writes: "According to, Mozilla has achieved 1.1% usage, up 0.3% from 0.8% in September. If you count Netscape 7 as Mozilla (it is) then Mozilla-based browsers now control about 1.7% of the Web browser market." Internet Explorer is still the number one browser with a 95% usage share but Mozilla has now overtaken Opera as the third most popular browser, behind Netscape (all versions) with 3%.

#72 Re: Re: Re: Re: Cool your jets, Sonny Jim

by asa <>

Wednesday December 18th, 2002 10:46 AM

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You can disagree with the checkin policy and that seems like a legitimate beef. To land a fix in which is part of the default Mozilla build you have to get review, super-review (and module owner approval if the r= or sr= didn't come from the module owner). That requres more than just writing a patch and walking away. I don't think that's likely to change for such chaotic modules as the app's frontend. In case you weren't aware, you can completely break the entire build, costing hours of wasted effort for dozens of developers, with a simple UI cleanup patch. These patches, just like XPCOM or Layout patches, are needed but also carry risk and so they must get sufficient review. Unfortunately we have more people offering up polish patches than we don reviewers and super-reviewers with time to look at them. That means some patches are slow to get in or don't land if the patch author isn't persistent. That's a shame but until we develop more experts in Mozilla's XUL, XBL and JS, there isn't a lot we can do about that problem. One of the reasons that Mozilla is feels unpolished and slow is poorly written code. Should we open the doors wide to more of the same or keep things heavily reviewed and try to make fundamental improvements to the code which make polish and long-term maintainence easier?