Firefox Closes in on 25% of the Market
One of the favorite activities of journalists, bloggers, and other putters-of-things-in-print is to declare the impending doom and/or death of this or that. We won't be engaging in the practice today, but we will happily report that the Browser Wars are alive and well, and continuing to take a toll on the market leader.
This month's market share statistics, as collected by NetApplications' NetMarketShare service, paint an increasingly-familiar picture of the continued growth of diversity in the browser market. Firefox, which has been growing steadily over the past several years, gained more than a quarter of a percentage point in March — a figure that may seem small, but considering the billion-plus users of the internet, represents millions of additional users. That increase brings Firefox's share to 24.52%, within a mere half a percent of controlling one-fourth of the global browser market.
Google's Chrome gained steadily as well, coming in up 0.52% to top out at 6.13% — not bad for a browser that seized a full 1% of the market in its first twenty-four hours. The other two major contenders, Safari and Opera, posted 0.2% and 0.02% gains, respectively, to claim a combined 7% of the market.
The market leader, of course, is Internet Explorer, which was the only one of the major browsers not to post an increase in share — indeed, IE lost nearly a full percentage point during the month of March, bringing its share to 60.65% of the market.
This continues a decline that has been going strong for at least the past two years. Since April 2008 (the earliest statistics available from Net Applications), Internet Explorer has lost nearly 20% of the market, dropping from over three-quarters in 2008 to well under two-thirds today.
The majority of those losses have been to Firefox, which has shown explosive growth, gaining some 7.5% of the market in the past two years. Safari has nearly doubled its share in the same period, while Opera has seen considerably less growth. Chrome, which was first released in September 2008, has shown the most dramatic growth, growing from no share at all to more than 6% of the market in the past eighteen months.
Though the numbers represent the continuation of a long-term trend, one browser-maker is attributing its growth to a different cause. The European Commission settled its antitrust claims over Windows-IE bundling in December with an agreement that Windows users in the European Union would be presented with a "choice screen" allowing them to choose an alternate browser as their default.
The screen, which offers a choice of the top five browsers, displayed randomly, went into full deployment in early March — according to Opera, by mid-month it had already seen a dramatic spike in downloads, in some cases as much as 328%. Other manufacturers have not commented on any particular gains.
Justin Ryan is a Contributing Editor for Linux Journal.
Practical Task Scheduling Deployment
July 20, 2016 12:00 pm CDT
One of the best things about the UNIX environment (aside from being stable and efficient) is the vast array of software tools available to help you do your job. Traditionally, a UNIX tool does only one thing, but does that one thing very well. For example, grep is very easy to use and can search vast amounts of data quickly. The find tool can find a particular file or files based on all kinds of criteria. It's pretty easy to string these tools together to build even more powerful tools, such as a tool that finds all of the .log files in the /home directory and searches each one for a particular entry. This erector-set mentality allows UNIX system administrators to seem to always have the right tool for the job.
Cron traditionally has been considered another such a tool for job scheduling, but is it enough? This webinar considers that very question. The first part builds on a previous Geek Guide, Beyond Cron, and briefly describes how to know when it might be time to consider upgrading your job scheduling infrastructure. The second part presents an actual planning and implementation framework.
Join Linux Journal's Mike Diehl and Pat Cameron of Help Systems.
Free to Linux Journal readers.Register Now!
- SUSE LLC's SUSE Manager
- My +1 Sword of Productivity
- Murat Yener and Onur Dundar's Expert Android Studio (Wrox)
- Non-Linux FOSS: Caffeine!
- Managing Linux Using Puppet
- SuperTuxKart 0.9.2 Released
- Doing for User Space What We Did for Kernel Space
- Google's SwiftShader Released
- Parsing an RSS News Feed with a Bash Script
- Rogue Wave Software's Zend Server
With all the industry talk about the benefits of Linux on Power and all the performance advantages offered by its open architecture, you may be considering a move in that direction. If you are thinking about analytics, big data and cloud computing, you would be right to evaluate Power. The idea of using commodity x86 hardware and replacing it every three years is an outdated cost model. It doesn’t consider the total cost of ownership, and it doesn’t consider the advantage of real processing power, high-availability and multithreading like a demon.
This ebook takes a look at some of the practical applications of the Linux on Power platform and ways you might bring all the performance power of this open architecture to bear for your organization. There are no smoke and mirrors here—just hard, cold, empirical evidence provided by independent sources. I also consider some innovative ways Linux on Power will be used in the future.Get the Guide