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Loose vs. Controlled Code: The Competition Between Firefox and Internet Explorer

Loose vs. Controlled Code: The Competition Between Firefox and Internet Explorer

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Loose vs. Controlled Code: The Competition Between Firefox and Internet Explorer

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  1. Loose vs. Controlled Code:The Competition Between Firefox and Internet Explorer Chris Bartholomew April 19, 2005

  2. Agenda • Open Source Software • What’s In A Good Web Browser • Direction Of Web Browser Movement • Firefox vs. Internet Explorer • Future of Web Browsing • Conclusion

  3. Open Source Software The basic idea behind open source is very simple: When programmers can read, redistribute, and modify the source code for a piece of software, the software evolves. People improve it, people adapt it, people fix bugs. And this can happen at a speed that, if one is used to the slow pace of conventional software development, seems astonishing.

  4. What’s In A Good Browser • What do people do with browsers? • Read • Navigate • Interact

  5. What’s In A Good Browser • What do people want in browsers? • Convenience • Simplicity • Security • Stability • Aesthetically pleasing • Customizability

  6. Direction Of Web Browser Movement

  7. Firefox Loose code Internet Explorer Closed code Firefox vs. Internet Explorer Features APIs Current Improvements Security User Satisfaction Effects of the Battle

  8. Future of Web Browsing • As Open Source Takes Over… • What’s going to happen? • Will closed coded browsers simply mimic their counterparts? • Will closed coded browsers become seemingly open source through APIs stripping open source browsers of one of their biggest advantages?

  9. Conclusion • Open Source browsers have taken over the market due to their ability to give users more of what they want quicker. • Their growth has slowed recently though as traditional browsers have begun to offer products similar to the open source browsers.

  10. Questions?