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Well, I see on Slashdot that Mozilla’s Firefox reached its 75 millionth download on Friday. Pretty amazing growth for an upstart.
I’ve been using this browser on and off (more on than off) for a long time now (at least in Internet time). I am pretty impressed. The usability is good and they are (or at least the Firefox community is) pretty fast at addressing problems.
I see many Sirsi clients starting to prefer the Firefox browser such as Pennsylvania State University and Indiana U. There are a lot of benefits to this policy.
It’s a good idea. My old science knowledge about healthy ecologies click in and I know that the necessity for biological diversity in a healthy ecosystem is one lesson that those of us in the technology world can learn from the natural world. It’s just not healthy for one browser to dominate over 90% of the market – or our ecology. It makes it too easy to invade with viruses, spam, pop-up, pop-unders, and all the other nasties of today’s Internet.
I hope more institutions adopt a more diversified strategy for their browsers. I am happy that Sirsi uses both MSIE and Firefox on our PC’s and ensures that we test our products on as many browsers as possible.
And, it’s very exciting when out clients create Firefox tools too. One especially cool tool is the one developed to enable OpenURL in Google Scholar by Sirsi’s client, the University of ALberta. See it here.

Posted on: August 1, 2005, 9:55 pm Category: Uncategorized

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  1. I don’t know if you could call this an upstart. The codebase can be traced back to early Netscape.

  2. Mack Lundy said

    Here is another reason to love FireFox. John Haller has created a portable FireFox that sits very nicely on a USB flash drive. You can copy over your bookmarks, extensions, and plugins and take them with you when traveling. Here is where to get it:
    Haller has several other portable products including Thunderbird and OpenOffice