Mozilla Used in 4.4 Percent of Dutch Government Organisations

Monday December 22nd, 2003

Nigel McFarlane writes: "New statistics on Mozilla use in the Netherlands are available (in English). Looks like 4.4% of government organisations over there are using Mozilla at the moment."

#1 1.6 is still beta

by fedetxf

Tuesday December 23rd, 2003 4:18 AM

The situation as I see it is rather negative for Mozilla. You have the same amount of Mozilla users as PERL! I guess there are 30 government employees browsing the web for every single one coding or running perl scripts.

#2 Pretty depressing

by mr_magoo

Tuesday December 23rd, 2003 6:08 AM

4.4% really isn't much to shout about....

#6 Re: Pretty depressing

by jgraham

Tuesday December 23rd, 2003 3:51 PM

I read the story as "number of Dutch Government employees using Mozilla is about average".

On the other hand, it's encouraging that some large organisations are using Mozilla - in many places the 'path of least resistance' IT policy is IE on every desk. Of course, I suspect the Dutch govrnment is quite like a collection of small organisations with no central IT policy, so that doesn't really apply.

#3 mozilla use with linux users

by buff

Tuesday December 23rd, 2003 6:17 AM

Who cares what the windows users are using. I bet the figures for linux users would be close to 90%. At least everyone I know that uses linux on the desktop has mozilla or firebird running all the time. Also, Perl is not outdated. Many companies use it as a glue for large applications. It is still very useful but maybe its use with web servers is going down as systems like PHP and JSP take over.

#4 Reply

by Racer

Tuesday December 23rd, 2003 7:43 AM

Its a start.

Oh, and since Windows is by far the most widely used OS, it makes sense to care about what Windows users do.

#5 Google Zeitgeist

by Tar

Tuesday December 23rd, 2003 1:02 PM

Google sees continuous uptake of Mozilla:

Slow but steady.

#7 How statistics can lie

by guzzi333

Wednesday December 24th, 2003 8:45 AM

The 4.4% does not really say anything. If you read the report you see that a questionaire has been filled in by 182 ICT managers of them say 8 that mozilla is being used in their organization. So the questions you then still can ask: How large are these 8 organizations compared to the others? In these 8 organizations how many people really use the browser instead of IE? Is it the standard browser in these organizations, or are there just a few power users who use it.

So to conclude the percentage of mozilla users in the Dutch goverment can be anything between 0.1% and 10%. So the 4.4% does not really mean anything.

BTW I really hope the real number goes up because Mozilla (especially Firebird) is far better then IE. So convince your friends and colleaugues to use it.

#8 Better Than Singapore

by slugs

Thursday December 25th, 2003 4:37 PM

The Dutch Government is right to give its users the choice of browsers. Here in Singapore, civil service employees are "forced" to use Microsoft technology -- the whole Singapore Government is one big MS outfit.

Thank goodness I'm in the private sector, where I can run Firebird without being hassled. There are a few OS X running in my office too, and some have switched to Firebird from Safari :)