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Kelvyn
10-20-2005, 11:24 AM
More than 100 million downloads of FireFox have now been made.

See http://www.spreadfirefox.com/?q=node/18908 and the linked celebration page.

ElyseC
10-20-2005, 11:42 AM
The marketing side of my brain wonders whether they're tracking unique IP addresses or plain ol' numbers. I'm hoping it's unique addresses.

Michael Rowley
10-20-2005, 12:57 PM
Elyse:

According to Firefox it's just numbers of downloads.

'At the time of posting, Fx has 100,000,000 downloads, long live Fx!'

There are a lot of people out there that succumbed to curiosity but still use common or garden Internet Explorer.

ElyseC
10-20-2005, 01:14 PM
There are a lot of people out there that succumbed to curiosity but still use common or garden Internet Explorer.And among those numbers will be people (like me) who've had to rebuild their systems and download a new copy each time.

George
10-24-2005, 12:00 PM
More than 100 million downloads of FireFox have now been made.

See http://www.spreadfirefox.com/?q=node/18908 and the linked celebration page.

Fox News reports that Janco Research indicates usage of FireFox may actually be slipping in popularity, despite the number of downloads, probably due to secuirty problems experienced this year.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,173054,00.html (http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,173054,00.html)

Regards,

George

Kelvyn
10-24-2005, 02:01 PM
George, there have been security issues with IE, too, but most people use the auto update features of Windows, so never know about the issues.

My server logs still show a steady increase in Firefox visits, although the rate of growth has diminished of late.

Michael Rowley
10-24-2005, 03:00 PM
Kelvyn:

there have been security issues with IE

There have been more 'security issues' with Firefox. The only browser that has had none is Opera.

ktinkel
10-24-2005, 04:14 PM
There have been more 'security issues' with Firefox [than with MSIE].Really? That’s interesting. Can you point us to a source for that?

ktinkel
10-24-2005, 04:21 PM
Fox News reports that Janco Research indicates usage of FireFox may actually be slipping in popularity, despite the number of downloads, probably due to secuirty problems experienced this year.But what is not made clear is whether these “security problems” equal or exceed those in MSIE.

And of course, some of us cannot use MSIE at all, so the stakes are rather different at the outset. Firefox is much more likely to succeed at e-commerce sites than Safari (and often more than Opera).

But it was not at all clear from that article whether the Firefox security problems were (a) very severe; and (b) whether they had been repaired in the last couple of updates.

I guess the article sounds to me like a blast from MSIE partisans, but I am willing to be proved wrong.

George
10-24-2005, 05:12 PM
But what is not made clear is whether these “security problems” equal or exceed those in MSIE.

And of course, some of us cannot use MSIE at all, so the stakes are rather different at the outset. Firefox is much more likely to succeed at e-commerce sites than Safari (and often more than Opera).

But it was not at all clear from that article whether the Firefox security problems were (a) very severe; and (b) whether they had been repaired in the last couple of updates.

I guess the article sounds to me like a blast from MSIE partisans, but I am willing to be proved wrong.

Well, I get news from this web site regularly, and customarily, the articles are not clear. I can never understand what they are really saying. I sent an e-mail to the managing editor once, pointing out the problem, but it didn't help any at all. I think, maybe, the real difficulty is that they use journalists. They should hire some English majors. Still, I like the site very much, because I don't like the other news sites, and with this site, I'm less inclinced to waste time by reading more than just the headlines. I try to have a practical philosophy for everything now-a-days.

Regards,

George

Ian Petersen
10-24-2005, 09:04 PM
Opera has had security issues. All browsers have had, and will continue to have, occasional security issues. Opera's have just been fairly insignificant and fixed before anyone exploited them.

Kelvyn
10-25-2005, 12:53 AM
There have been more 'security issues' with Firefox. The only browser that has had none is Opera.

MS IE 6 is currently affected by 86 Secunia (Security) advisories (http://secunia.com/product/11/), the most severe of which are classed as Highly Critical. Most of these will not be resolved until IE 8 is released, which is now quoted as being the in latter part of next year.

FireFox is currently affected by 25 Securia advisories (http://secunia.com/product/4227/), the most severe of which are classified as Less Critical. These have been addressed in the main in the latest version, due out very soon and currently in late beta.

Opera 7 has 37 (http://secunia.com/product/761/) outstanding Secunia advisories and Opera 8 currently has 8 (http://secunia.com/product/4932/) advisories. Hopefully these are being addressed in version 9.

For most web users only Highly Critical security issues are likely to be important.

Michael Rowley
10-25-2005, 07:02 AM
KT:

Can you point us to a source for that?

I think it was in the month's Computer Shopper (UK's), but I'll look it up.

Michael Rowley
10-25-2005, 12:27 PM
KT:

I think it was in the month's Computer Shopper (UK's)

Of course I couldn't find that report again. However, there's another in Shopper, from Symantec, which claims that in the first half of 2005 it recorded 25 'vulnerablilities' (18 serious) for Firefox and 13 vulnerabilities (8 serious) for Internet Explorer. Symantec adds though that no browser except IE has suffered widespread exploitation.

I should add that neither Symantec nor Computer Shopper is notably pro-IE, in fact Shopper describes Firefox as 'by far the best browser we have ever tested.'

I might also add that recipients of Microsoft updates can (and in my case, do) look up to see exactly what has been downloaded to date.