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Posted Mar 24, 2012 8:50 UTC (Sat) by dlang (✭ supporter ✭, #313)
Yes, the use of mobile devices is growing significantly, but is the use of desktop/laptop machines actually shrinking? or is it just shrinking as a percentage of all use (which will always happen when a new use starts at 0%)
Posted Mar 24, 2012 9:15 UTC (Sat) by khim (subscriber, #9252)
It's losing proposition. PC use is most defenitely shrinking in certain niches but this shrinkage is offset by growth in other niches. Eventually it'll start shrinking across the board.
Mozilla can dismiss mobile like Nokia and RIM dismissed iPhone back in 2007: eventually it'll be disrupted and will collapse even if it'll take 4-5 years.
Posted Mar 29, 2012 22:59 UTC (Thu) by blujay (guest, #39961)
This trend of one-UI-fits-all-devices is just plain fail. We don't even need Firefox and Gecko on phones, especially not until it's underlying architecture is fixed up (i.e. Electrolysis needs to become Firefox).
Nokia and RIM were in the business of selling devices--Mozilla is not, and should not be. Mozilla needs to refocus on its core mission of making the best browser for computers (i.e. systems with keyboards and mice).
Posted Mar 25, 2012 15:08 UTC (Sun) by drago01 (subscriber, #50715)
There is a growing marked of web browsing on mobile devices but it is not moving there. Also people tend to accept missing features on such devices more than on traditional desktop devices (see flash).
Posted Mar 29, 2012 22:56 UTC (Thu) by blujay (guest, #39961)
Oh, you mean phones? And tablets? Touchscreen devices? Who cares!
It's time for Mozilla to focus its mission and scale back its grandiose ambition. We don't need Firefox on phones and tablets--there are already good browsers there. It might be neat, but that's not as important as maintaining the existing browser and developing it further. Desktop/laptop/netbook systems are not going away! I don't need my phone's browser to do everything Firefox can do! (And with Firefox's eternal freezing and stuttering, I don't want it to. How about fixing that before expanding to completely new platforms? What if all the Mozilla devs spent two weeks on that one problem and killed it once and for all?)
Mozilla may end up spreading itself out and doing nothing well--then it will really lose relevance. I'm becoming more interested in other, smaller-scale browsers that are user-focused, without the baggage of the Mozilla project.
Nokia and RIM were in the business of selling devices--Mozilla is not (and should not be!).
IMO, Mozilla's mission should be to make the best desktop/laptop/netbook/systems-with-keyboards-and-mice browser there could possibly be. A secondary mission should be to encourage the open Web--but I'm not convinced that putting Gecko and Firefox on phones and touchscreen tablets is necessary to accomplish that goal. Indeed, if trying to do so hurts Mozilla in the long run, then the open Web will suffer in the long run.
Mozilla needs to set trends, not follow them. It used to do just that, but then Chrome caused a panic, and now Mozilla is pandering.
Get back to your roots, Mozilla! Rise like a Phoenix!
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