Re: [Jeff Covey @ Freshmeat] We Are Losing the Browser War

From: Stephen D. Williams (
Date: Mon Mar 26 2001 - 14:35:08 PST wrote:
> Karl Anderson wrote:
> > I learned that having flash installed crashes my browser (netscape
> > 4.72 on redhat 6.2, approx. 2 year old hardware) when I visit some
> I've learned that having Java and JavaScript enabled reduces my
> browser half life time to hours (or minutes, if heavily used) from
> days/up to a week. Flash? Poppycock. Show me a browser which can
> survive Java/JavaScript for a day, and I'm sold.
> > sites. That makes flash currently unviewable under linux, as far as
> > I'm concerned. Designers that use flash are shutting out linux users
> Good riddance.
> > (at least the majority that use my vanilla setup), and if they
> > don't know that, they haven't done jack for usability testing.
> The attitude seems to be: 95% of all users use IE, and I can't be
> expected to be testing 5 different browsers under 3 different
> platforms when I have a deadline, so bugger off. Get IE instead.
> Oh, you don't run Windows? <really weird look>
> I think such attitude sucks, but that's just me.

Hopefully all of these devices using derivatives of Mozilla will help
swing the tide the other way.

I'm still hopeful that AOL will some day throw the switch and all of
their users will be using Netscape instead of IE. For the longest time,
AOL users were a significant portion of IE usage, without which Netscape
would have been ahead far longer. How ironic, and incredibly strategic,
that AOL now owns Netscape.

Netscape will never go away completely and at some point should start
making a comeback. In the meantime, IE's not available on Linux and
Linux usage, even on the desktop, is expanding quickly.


Stephen D. Williams
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