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Firefox Losing Foothold on Linux Distros?

Jun 16, 2010, 22:38 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Brockmeier)

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"Firefox has enjoyed sweetheart status on Linux for years. With little competition for a full-featured browser on Linux, Firefox has had a lock on default desktop installs. The rise of Google Chrome, and its open source cousin Chromium, are starting to change that. With Ubuntu 10.10 Netbook Edition (UNE) Chromium is slated to be installed by default to replace Firefox.

"Since Firefox's inception, it's enjoyed near-exclusivity on the Linux desktop. Granted, the Linux desktop isn't solely or even mostly responsible for Firefox's huge growth. The numbers vary, but Firefox seems to hover around 25% of the market. Initially, Firefox's adoption was driven by early adopters before catching on with a wider market. That's what seems to be happening with Chrome now, which has about 6% to 7% of the market. An impressive gain for a browser that was trailing Safari this time last year."

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