@waxwing Excellent article 👍
What I haven't seen mentioned in any article I've read on the subject, is the situation with Android.
Chrome is the default browser on Android and therefor likely provides a seamless browsing integration among the user's devices, making the desire to switch to Firefox even harder.
It's effectively the same as Windows bundling IE and IMO regulators should force G👀gle to the same thing as they forced M$: require a browser choice screen on first launch
shows that the default browsers on mobile account for ~95% and Firefox has only 0.93%
Note: this doesn't in anyway negate the points raised in the article. I couldn't agree more with all the points.
The problem is in management and they've demonstrated that once again by cutting costs in precisely the wrong places.
@FreePietje @waxwing I don't know how Mozilla governance works. But I can imagine it might be a lot harder to replace management that can pay out itself millions than to build an alternative and convince engineers to migrate. All their products are open-source. The name Firefox clearly is not that valuable anymore.
If they come with a novel governance promise and no secretly-for-profit bullshit, I'm convinced many sponsors would also migrate.
@stevenroose @waxwing I think the Firefox and Mozilla brand are still valuable (probably less then before, but still) and starting a new org/brand too hard.
I *assume* replacing management isn't too hard, but I too don't know how the current governance works, so you may be right.
AFAIK the situation isn't (yet?) like OpenOffice, so getting all devs to migrate seems more daunting. But that too is an assumption.
As soon as Blake's salary started to rise so quickly, I got the impression that she wanted to be the typical CEO. Primarily interested in making a name for herself and her own wealth, instead of being a prudent steward of a nonprofit organization.
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