dot wrote: ↑
Sun Dec 29, 2019 9:01 am
webfork wrote: ↑
Sat Dec 28, 2019 3:44 pm
SYSTEM wrote: ↑
Sat Dec 28, 2019 12:30 pm
I'll probably subscribe to Mozilla's VPN (primarily to support Mozilla, the VPN is secondary to me).
??? Who in his right mind would ever want to "support" a multi-million dollar corporation like the Mozilla Corporation who, over the years, has acquired the same arrogant, overbearing and uncaring attitude as Microsoft? You might as well wish to support -or even donate to- Microsoft, or Google, or Amazon.
It's primarily to avoid browser engine monoculture.
Remember the IE6 days? After Internet Explorer thoroughly beat Netscape in the browser market, Microsoft stopped updating IE. IE6 remained the latest version of IE for over five years
which is an eternity when browsers tend to update every six weeks nowadays. And even years after IE7 launched, way too many users were still on IE6, which in turn held websites back because they still needed to support IE6.
It's important for the Web to have multiple competing browser engines. Opera Software and Microsoft threw in the towel and started using Blink (same engine Chrome uses). Apple still has their own engine, but they don't seem to even be interested in competing with the others - it's not possible
to install other browsers on iOS, which guarantees WebKit a big market share no matter what happens. It's not even real competition. That leaves Gecko, Mozilla's engine, as the only real competitor to Blink.
I'm also using Firefox Preview as the browser on my phone, BTW. (Not on desktop where I use Vivaldi instead. On desktop I care more about features, hence Vivaldi, but on mobile I'm only really interested in performance.)