Firefox will never die part two.
Written by Me.
I was Tumbling through the internet when I came across something that caught my eye. It was Firefox’s right click function being integrated with Twitter, whereas Chrome’s is not. I discovered this when visiting Benjamin Tseng blog about why he switched from Firefox to Chrome. He articulates that Chrome has more credible advantages over Firefox. I however, still remain true to The Firefox browser for the same reason I introduced it, Firefox will always be easier to use than Chrome!
Okay, maybe not always. Everything in technology does have a finite point of competence, but that does not mean Firefox’s will be anytime soon. The Fox Legacy is a resilient creature in nature and on the web. And in reference to Chrome, are like two competitive brothers. Chrome, the younger of the two, is just now starting to gain its sense of personal accomplishment and popularity. Google for some time now has launched online office-applications that work flawlessly. Whereas Firefox—the older and a more mature sibling—is simply maintaining its pervious accomplishments and global outreach.
Never the less, Firefox is an entirely different animal compared to the Chrome-Google Dynasty. The Firefox Legacy is, by now relatively; smaller, comparatively more; loyal, developed and convenient. While Chrome is still in its annoying, immature, young, figuring shit out, phase.
Google does however have the funding and age to develop a web-browser-following comparable to Mozilla’s Firefox. To me, Chrome is that once familiar floating orb—343 Guilty Spark. Am I the only who remembers Halo? Chrome is an Orb, giving you nonsensical suggestions you really don’t need anyway. I constantly find myself battling against; confirmatory suggestions, famous people I don’t care about, and common misspellings/phrases. Whereas in my Firefox web-browsing experience, there are tools I want—thesaurus, dictionary and Encarta integrated search engines—when I need them. The Firefox web-browsing experience feels like it just makes sense.
On the other hand, there are a few more upgrades that will further my commitment to the Firefox platform. For starters, as mentioned before, the built-in right-click menus extensively handy and light. They only appear when you right-click on a specifically integrated URLs and not all URLs. For example a Twitter-URL-right-click-menu allows user to tweet, tag or respond to specific usernames displaying a URL address. Some would say, functions like these are built for people who use the internet on their desktops / laptops extensively. Firefox users—such as me—dig, dig and dig, into the web for whatever their research priorities may be. Whereas Chrome, atleast in my opinion, puts a smartphone like experience on the desktop. Firefox has the seasoned use to develop extremely handy menus. For a majority of the time that I see a Chrome Web Browser open, it’s usually opened to; Facebook, Wikipedia and, or, Gmail. Whereas my internet browsing experience is committed to semi-landlocked laptops, dictionary.com and stacks of library books.
Another plus that affirms my commitment to the Firefox platform, is the multi-manageable search-engine functions. These functions allow users to search websites from within the browser and not the web-page itself. Users can press “Alt + down” at the same time, to change what websites to search. This is convenient for switching between different search results on various social media websites—Tumblr, Twitter and Facebook. For example, if I am searching a person on Twitter, I can search that same person on Tumblr without having to go to Tumblr’s webpage first. I just enter their name in the search field at the top right hand corner of the browser, change it from Twitter to Tumblr and press enter. I can also search between various websites, search engines (such as Bing, Yahoo and AVG Secure), as well as online thesauruses and dictionaries. Firefox simply has something Chrome doesn’t, experience. When I use Firefox, my shortcuts blast through the internet, whereas my “chromium platform” slugs along like molasses. Firefox was designed for people who need the internet whereas; Chrome was designed for people who love the internet. Chrome is light, poppy and fun. Whereas my beloved Firefox is; heavy, deep, caring, integrated, functional and everything else an internet explorer could dream desire.
Having a personal relationship with the Fox is now no longer a personal secret of mine. But I know I am not alone when I see fellow geeks—not hipsters—rock the “Firefox t-shirt” to class daily. I understand. Firefox is awesome. Does not matter what the statics say, those who are still using the Firefox will continue to use it, whereas; those who are new to the web-browsing experience are more likely to be referenced to Chrome for a first time internet experience.
But as more people join the internet the decline in Firefox’s popularity may not be a bad thing after all. It just means that The Firefox Team has; attracted an audience (at one time the majority), learned from them and produced a free web-browser that some people—diehards include—will continue to always use. The Firefox team has accomplished what almost all software engineers ever dream of. Firefox’s departure from a top leading spot means nothing, if anything symbolic of an unexpected success. Firefox software engineers has accomplished everything they wanted from the internet—a web-browsing internet following—diehards included.
-Thanks again for reading, Bryce Dunham-Zemberi.
Firefox may die, but it’s spirit will live on forever.
Written for The Arbiter.
The Mozilla Firefox (Fx) internet browser will never die—the browsers open source spirit, innovative technologies and unique appeal will forever influence the web surfing experience.
According gs.statcounter.com, February is the first month Google Chrome (Chrome) gained substantial ground over Fx in the global market share of browsers.
November 2011, Chrome had 25.69 percent and Fx clung to its 25.23 percent; leaving Internet Explorer (IE) in the lead at 40.63 percent.
Four months later, February 2012, Chrome obtained 29.55 percent and Fx dropped to 24.8 percent; while IE deteriorated to 36.28 percent of market share.
There is no shame in Fx’s loss in market share, for there is no defeat in accomplishing everything you ever desired to be.
Fx’s accomplishments are a defeat; the browser was and always will be an open source—supporting the free exchange of software code for the betterment of man and not greed.
Fx came from The Mozilla Foundation (MF), a non-profit subsidiary of AOL.
“It has been a long-standing objective of the Mozilla team to create an independent organization so we can continue to lead and innovate,” said Mitchell Baker, Chief Lizard Wrangler (Chairperson) at MF. AOL would donate over two million dollars to the foundations success.
Bakers title (Chief Lizard Wrangler), insinuates what Fx is all about. I mean come on how awesome of a title is that? Titles like this demonstrated their commitment to changing all aspects of the web browser industry. And so they did.
The desktop shortcut is just too darn cute. A fox hugging the web? It is almost as if the MF wants users to enjoy the internet experience.
In 2006, Fx 2.0 was launched, forever changing what it means to browse the web. Unlike IE 7, it introduced something many of us have taken for granted. Multiple tabs! This feature allowed users to contain all internet browsing activities in a single pane instead of having a stack of windows in the task bar. Furthermore, Fx introduced browser-embedded search engines that enabled users to search Google without having to go to the website entirely.
The 3.0 of Fx release in 2006 truly embraced the open source spirit. A realistic customizable browser and the first “App Store,” was started with Fx’s adaptation of Application programming interface (API).
All Fx’s code is open source, meaning—users and software developers alike could upload (API) or “add-ons” too the add-on database without having to call a lawyer. Yes unpacking, modifying and redistributing copyrighted code is illegal. The number of extensions is endless; the first included MySpace and Flickr—extensions which enabled users to upload photos and get updates without having to go their appropriate websites. Other add-ons improve security functions, speed and enhanced pop up-blockers. Beyond the add-ons, user and staff created themes which customized the web browsing experience.
Fx eventually had later updates improve speed, efficiency and functionality. Chrome has adopted many, if not all, of Fx innovations.
Future browsers will be faster, cooler and ultimately better—pushing Fx and Chrome into submission. None the less it all wouldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for Fx and their desire to change what we know about browsing.
-Thanks for reading, Bryce Dunham-Zemberi