"If one product like #Chromium has enough market share, then it becomes easier for web developers and businesses to decide not to worry if their services and sites work with anything other than Chromium. That’s what happened when #Microsoft had a monopoly on browsers in the early 2000s before #Firefox was released. And it could happen again.

If you care about what’s happening with online life today, take another look at Firefox." blog.mozilla.org/blog/2018/12/ #edge

... Or a WebKit based browser. Diversity matters in order to maintain a free and open web!

@bjoern I'm more and more unsure about that, to be honest. At one side, yes, Firefox has a different engine, whic is good, but at the end, there's "Google money" in Mozilla too, which makes me wonder. Plus: At some point, why not make sure we have *one* robust, solid, maintained browser engine to build upon? My take on that is here, especially looking at Chromium and Microsoft: dm.zimmer428.net/2018/12/edge-

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Because corporate forces will always strive to make the web more closed (more DRM, more obfuscation, more tracking, more monetization); if de facto standardization (through the implementation) has to happen in a space that is dominated by corporate players like Google and Microsoft, their interests will always prevail, even if the implementation is nominally open source.

Mozilla/Firefox is a deeply imperfect alternative - but the best one we have.

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@eloquence Just take : They always strived to be a protocol with many different servers and free client choice. What happened: There are literally thousands of clients, most of them pretty imperfect, and a large crowd of people (even in projects) uses things such as Slack because they "just work". could be ages ahead if the community just had focussed on *few* clients and made them as great as somehow possible, talking user expectations and all...

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