Germany's 'Der Spiegel' Magazine Records Increase in Use of Mozilla and Netscape

Sunday August 24th, 2003

According to Germany's Der Spiegel magazine, Mozilla's usage share may be rising (rough English translation courtesy of AltaVista's Babel Fish). In an article about the latest set of Internet Explorer security flaws, the German newsweekly reports that out of 125 million accesses to their website, 15.1% came from users of Mozilla and Netscape, a notable increase since the releases of Mozilla 1.4 and Netscape 7.1. Meanwhile, Internet Explorer usage appears to have declined, with the browser from Redmond now accounting for 83.8% of page requests. Thanks to albano, Julian and Carl Watling for the news.

#13 We should be tracking GECKO usage

by peterlairo <>

Monday August 25th, 2003 4:22 AM

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There seems little point in separately tracking Netscape 6/7, Mozilla, DireBird, etc. This just serves to keep the respective usage numbers low; and it doesn't reflect the percentage of users who would be able to properly see advanced W3C web pages (and isn't that why web developers look at these numbers?).

What we should be encouraging these web-statistic sites to do (via evangelism), is for them (and us) to make GECKO the top-level statistic, and only break it down into distributions (N7, Moz, FB) in a more detailed breakdown of the statistics.

That way, we have (using the "WebHits" example <…ml?/deutsch/webstats.html>):

+---------------------------------------------------+ | MSIE - 85.1% | | GECKO - 6.6% (N7:3.2% + Moz:2.4% + N6:1.0%) | | Netscape 4 - 6.2% | +---------------------------------------------------+

Now that's a much prettier and more meaningful comparison.