Open Source Internet Browsers Vs. Proprietary Internet Browsers
Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome are Open Source Internet Browsers. Safari, Internet Explorer are Proprietary Internet Browsers). Which is Better internet browser and why?
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I AM WITH OPEN SOURCE INTERNET BROWSERS..
Open source software has become mainstream. Applications such as the Firefox Web browser and Linux operating system are available to aid in all areas of operation, including teaching and learning. Open source software has become a strong contender in online training and e-learning sectors. Open source software is free to download therefore lower in cost. Flexibility and customizability, Extensive active builder and user communities that forms a good technical support base. Many open source applications run on multiple platforms including Windows and Linux. Adherence to established standards, which is a high priority for open source software development. Ability to use and link to other open source software.
it may be mainstream but in terms of browsers it is declining again due to the rise of google chrome (which is based on open source but is not itself) which is beginning to eat into firefox's market share.[[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-17663669]]
Open source Browser Vs proprietary Internet Browsers
The browser wars between proprietary and open source browsers have changed in some ways from the days that it was simply Internet Explorer vs. Safari. There are more players on both sides of the field, with some interesting complexities. On the proprietary side, still, sits Internet Explorer, now about ready to pop with version 9. It definitely depends on who is gathering the data, but IE has about 44% of the market. This is down significantly from its high point, back in the dark ages of 2005, when it garnered over 90%. It has been dropping steadily since. This drop has been primarily, but not exclusively due to the open source browser, Firefox. More recently, however, two other proprietary browsers, Opera and Safari, have been increasing their own market shares. Now, Opera gets about 2% of the market (up from microscopic some years ago.) Safari, used mainly by Apple Mac users (although there is a Windows version) now gets about 5% of the market. On the open source side, Firefox is certainly the leader, with a bit less than 30% of the market. Chrome, which is sort of an open source browser, is now getting around 14% of the market. So what do I mean when I say Chrome is "sort of an open source browser"? Chromium, is the open source project which results in the browser Chrome - but there are a bunch of additions Google makes to Chrome which are proprietary, and not in the Chromium codebase. So, anyway, basically, between Firefox and Chrome, the open source side is a smidge in the lead over the proprietary side, but it's pretty close to even. And still, the primary reason for the difference is that IE still ships with Windows (and Safari with Mac OS X), and if people don't take the step to download and install another browser if they are a windows user, they will still just be using IE. In the mobile space, things are very interesting. Opera mobile is in the lead, with about 21%, followed by iPhone, Nokia, and Blackberry. These are all proprietary. Bringing up the rear is Android, at 16%. But I'm sure that is going to change as Android begins to gobble up the moble smartphone market share
Advantages of open source internet browsers
A lot of people are stuck in a rut, a complete web browsing rut. You use the same browser over and over again in the same old ways. It is a shame if you are one of those people. You are only cheating yourself out of the rich variety that the web has to offer you. It's time to explore the many other browser flavors out there.
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