Mozilla continues downhill

The Mozilla Foundation continues to decline

At the time it was an example community and responsible for one of the most successful open source projects in history. Today, The Mozilla Foundation continues downhill the path it began when it gave in to the pressures of the politically correct police and subordinated the technical to the ideological.

But it's not just about that. In recent years, not only has it laid off valuable employees in charge of key projects, but the browser continues to lose market share. Despite this, the compensation that its president receives is increasingly larger.

Mozilla continues downhill

El last data recorded by Statcounter indicates that taking into account all platforms, the market is distributed as follows:

  • Chrome: 64,73%
  • Safari: 18,56%
  • Edge: 4,97%
  • Firefox: 3,36%
  • Operates: 2,86%
  • Samsung Internet: 2,59%

If you look at the data for the desktop, Mozilla does a little better:

  • Chrome: 65.29%.
  • Edge: 11.89%.
  • Safari: 8,92%.
  • Firefox: 7,61%.
  • Opera: 3,8%.
  • 360 Safe: 0,81%

However, on tablets it does not even appear

  • Chrome:48,94%.
  • Safari: 35,33%.
  • Android: 13,2%.
  • Opera: 0,92%.
  • Edge: 0,56%.
  • Yandex Browser: 0.25%.

On mobiles it does (Barely) better:

  • Chrome: 64,93%.
  • Safari: 24,71%.
  • Samsung Internet: 4,48%.
  • Opera: 2,28%.
  • UC Browser: 1,48%.
  • Firefox: 0,52%.

The problem

It is true that part of these statistics can be justified by the fact that some of these browsers come pre-installed and that Google was denounced because its services work a little worse in competing browsers. However, It should be mentioned that Opera, which does not even have the advantage of coming pre-installed on Linux distributions, is doing much better than Firefox on tablets and mobiles..

Not only is the number of users going down, but income. In 2021 they were $527,585,000 in 2021 and $510,389,000 in 2022.

What did increase was the compensation of Mitchell Baker, the president of the foundation.n. In 2021 he pocketed $5,591,406, while due to his brilliant performance, the same amount in 2022 rose to $6,903,089.

Baker at least acknowledges that they are not doing enough. The company's big bet is to create its own large linguistic models focused on open source and privacy. They believe they can carve a niche for themselves in the healthcare sector where there is a large amount of data available.

However, they only have 15 engineers, much less than the leaders in the sector and, according to the Product Manager himself, Steve Teixeira, it does not seem that any product based on Artificial Intelligence will leave the beta phase this year.

From success to decline

The origins of the Mozilla Foundation can be traced to Netscape Communication Corporation, the developer of Netscape Navigator, the first commercial browser. The firm could not compete with Microsoft's support for its Internet Explorer product, so it decided to release the code under the umbrella of the Mozilla project. The first product was a suite that, in addition to the browser, included an email client and other applications. It was launched in 2002 under the name Mozilla Application Suite.

A year later, AOL, owner of Netscape, decided to no longer support the project, so it became a community project. In 2004, the Mozilla Foundation was established with the rights transferred by AOL and a financial donation from it. The Foundation created a corporation to handle the development of the browser and other email clients. With financial and advertising support from Google, the browser grew in market share.

The beginning of the debacle occurred when, due to pressure from the LGBT lobby, Brendan Eich was forced to resign from the presidency. Eich, inventor of the Javascript programming language, had been the technical person responsible for the great advances introduced by successive versions of the browser.

From there, with the new authorities, more interested in political correctness than in technical progress, a series of failed projects followed, such as the Firefox OS mobile operating system. It also didn't help that Google reduced its support by launching its own browser.

Hopefully, the Foundation will be controlled by more capable hands in the future since it is the last focus of resistance to Google's monopoly.

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  1.   Octavio said

    The question of the greater use or non-use of browsers on mobile devices or PCs is given, in my opinion, by the fact that end users do not change what is installed from the factory, they leave it as it comes, some due to lack of knowledge and others due to lazy people who are to change anything. They do not inform themselves about the advantages of this or that browser and do nothing.
    For my part, I have Firefox on all my computers and I always recommend that others install it, if one day it didn't exist, I would use Brave.

  2.   Sys said

    Thanks for the information.