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Freshmeat: We are losing the browser war

Jan 29, 2001, 20:25 (22 Talkback[s])

"I have been watching netcraft.co.uk. It is pleasing to see that Apache is increasing its slice of the pie with almost every new report."

"Unfortunately, I have also been looking at Web server access logs, and I have been seeing a decline in the use of Netscape with a corresponding increase in Internet explorer. That is a problem."

"Without a decent browser, it will be difficult for alternative operating systems to remain viable. We owe the old Netscape a great debt of gratitude for releasing a Linux version of Netscape so early on; it quickly made Linux a viable desktop, and later did the same for the other free Unices. Only a few wise men seem to realize this."

"To paraphrase Linus: "It's the desktop, stupid." Backend infrastructure can be replaced quickly; user desktops cannot, so we are vulnerable to being leveraged out of the server space. Microsoft could use its increasing dominance at the client side as a wedge to lift Linux out of the server room. FreeBSD's motto "The power to serve" means nothing if it can't serve up the proprietary or patented protocols spoken by the clients."

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