Television Interview with German Translator of Mozilla Firefox

Sunday April 18th, 2004

Abdulkadir Topal writes: "On Monday (19.4.2004) at 23.15 the German TV channel SAT 1 will air an interview with me, the German translator of Mozilla Firefox. I talked about the history of Firefox, why it was invented and the way it's developed (open source). I explained the Foundation and mentioned big companies, like IBM and HP, that use and contribute to Mozilla. I also tried to show the advantages of Firefox over Internet Explorer, like the pop-up blocker, Find As You Type and extensions like mouse gestures. One big subject was security. I explained that Firefox developers won't accept any compromises regarding security, but that Firefox is still as easy to use as IE.

"SAT 1 is one of the biggest TV channels here in Germany and despite the fact that the program is aired that late, it usually has around 1-2 million viewers. So I hope we can get some new Firefox users but even more important: the audience will know about Firefox when they hear about it the next time (maybe when a friend recommends it) and people will realize that there are alternative and better solutions for using the web.

"BTW: Firefox is represented very well in German TV. It's shown in the computer show GIGA Help on NBC every workday at 9 pm and the anchorman praises its usefulness pretty often. On an other note, you can see Firefox in action when MTV promotes its website. It's quite clear to see that they use Firefox for that. Seems like the word has already started to spread, even though it's not final yet."

#24 > you don't get the point.

by watchman

Tuesday April 20th, 2004 6:30 AM

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> Uhm, you don't get the point.

mmm... maybe it's both of us.

> "why should I install Firefox?" "because its open source, you can fix bugs by yourself!!

If you don't fix it, your friend can and if not... pay someone. But you CAN solve your problem. You don't depend on a stalled product with bugs, poor implementations (like the CSS ones) and so on. You are not LOCKED-IN.

> and its cool!" Don't tell it like if I have said so, because that banal expresion has been only written by you