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%.

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

by macpeep

Wednesday December 18th, 2002 1:55 PM

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Well obviously I'm not (knowingly) complaining to Netscape developers about the decisions of their managers. And in cases where it is exactly like you say, that a Netscape manager says "work on feature X because it's important", then yes, obviously it's pointless to complain to Netscape developers, or even more, on a Mozilla site, indirectly to Netscape developers.

The way I understand it, Mozilla "becomes" a Netscape release by Netscape adding some branding to it, as well as some extra features such as AIM and a spell checker. But the core of the app is Mozilla. It's not LIKE Mozilla. It *IS* Mozilla. So any bug that is in Mozilla will be in Netscape. And any UI quality issue in Mozilla will be in Netscape. Additionally, even if I complained to Netscape about a bug (UI or other), the way the fix would find itself into the app is through Mozilla.

Perhaps the assumption is incorrect..

In any case, after reading your post, I'm left with the feeling that Mozilla doesn't really have all that much power about the development direction but that rather, the power is with Netscape management. Not directly, but indirectly due to now allowing Netscape developers any freedom regarding what areas they work on and prioritize but rather dictate exactly which bug should be fixed and what feature should be implemented and by whom. Would you say this is an accurate description of the situation? Am I perhaps under-estimating the contributions of other people and companies? Surely in terms of the UI, it seems that it is basically Netscape controlling it through Netscape's own prioritization and requirements.