A number of high profile bloggers and tech writers have lambasted the Mozilla Foundation after its chairperson, Mitchell Baker, announced that the entity will officially lend a helping hand to the European Commission against Microsoft.
Arstechnica was the first to vehemently oppose the move by the open source foundation, arguing that "It’s disappointing, however, to see Mozilla and other browser makers looking for government intervention rather than demonstrating the unequivocal superiority of standards-compliant web browsers by defeating Microsoft on their own."
Mozilla has been joining Opera Software (which another website Techdirt calls, an also-ran in the browser market) in pursuing Microsoft for antitrust violations as the software giant continue to bundle its Internet Explorer browser. According to Techdirt, the "Bogus" EU antitrust has no "raison d'etre" because the browser market is thriving with new entrants - like Apple and Google - coming in.
And ZDNet's Adrian Kingsley-Hughes seems to agree with the two, adding that "Mozilla isn’t going to win friends doing this, in fact, I think it’s likely to make enemies". Even Thom Holwerda from OS(Open Source) News provides with his support to Ars Technica's take on the subject.
Asking the government for help seems to be the norm nowadays. The banks, the economy, the car industry and even the adult businesses see the government as a helper of last resort. But this case is different as Firefox has a fifth of the web browser market share.
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Maybe we should dig a little bit. The only way for Firefox to grow its market share is to grab some shares from Microsoft and to increase the size of the market. Mobile browser Fennec will help achieve the second part but not the first. Internet Explorer 8 is going to be a tough cookie and with Safari, Chrome and Opera, Firefox has some very good reasons to convince the EU to force Microsoft to disable Internet Explorer code.