The road to suckiness
Posted May 26, 2008 22:14 UTC (Mon) by man_ls
In reply to: Fsyncers and curveballs (the Firefox 3 fsync() problem)
Parent article: Fsyncers and curveballs (the Firefox 3 fsync() problem)
Maybe it is time already to lose some of those hard-earned market share points? It is a real pity; as you say, all people want is a fast and lean browser which does not use all available RAM.
You may think: well, but most people run Windows and have lots of memory to spare. Maybe it is time to put it to good use! Why squeeze every available bit when everyone has GBs of RAM? Well, just visit www.google.com once more. The home page to the biggest internet company works on every browser and loads fast as lightning. In these days of broadband and dynamic websites it has 2728 bytes. Now compare with how it looked like 8 years ago, at the height of the internet bubble, back when most people had pitiful modems and ISDN was a luxury. Apart from the iGoogle links, it feels the same! Google has not grown rich bloating its bread and butter.
As you say, it is the direction taken by Netscape. Next they will rewrite the engine in Java, go Windows-only, integrate a mail client or any other classical silly move. At that point we will be missing a crucial part of our infrastructure, right now when we were getting web designers to pay attention. So we will suffer another period of obscurity and internet monoculture. And then we will have to wait until someone comes along with a new lightweight browser project within Mozilla... Boring.
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