Firefox Losing Foothold on Linux Distros?
Jun 16, 2010, 22:38 (7 Talkback[s])
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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."