"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." https://blog.mozilla.org/blog/2018/12/06/goodbye-edge/ #edge
@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 #FLOSS browser engine to build upon? My take on that is here, especially looking at Chromium and Microsoft: https://dm.zimmer428.net/2018/12/edge-chromium-and-web-monoculture/
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.
@eloquence I see these issues, but I wonder whether we really solve them by building different browser *engines*. Just looking at, in example, #brave and what they do on top of the #chromium engine. They actually come up with a new (and IMHO rather interesting) approach to balancing interests in online ads without ditching users privacy. I wonder whether talking about different browser *engines* leaves us forever working on a level way too low to solve the actual problems..
@bjoern ... solve the issue of Mozilla also (in terms of money, at least) depending upon Google in some way? That seems a pretty difficult mess, and, here, another browser engine IMHO would only be a real alternative if feature-wise on par with Chromium or Quantum yet completely developed in a #FLOSS community without large corporate backings. Maybe I'm completely off here, but I really have strong doubts about that right now. 😐
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