"Only a couple of years ago, Firefox was the little browser that
could--an open-source program created by thousands of contributors
around the world without the benefit of a giant company like
Microsoft to finance it.
"Since then, Firefox, which has prospered under the nonprofit
Mozilla Foundation, has grown to be the largest rival to
Microsoft's Internet Explorer, with 15 to 20 percent of the browser
market worldwide and higher percentages in Europe and among
technology devotees. It is the most popular alternative browser
since Netscape, with about three times as many users as Apple's
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