It’s been almost an year now since Google Chrome was launched.
Like all things Google it focuses on simplicity and ease of use and a lot of people adopted it for these features and now Chrome has a market-share somewhere between 4 and 7 percent of all Internet users (depending on the source).
Now people are starting to ask when will the Linux version be launched and expressing willingness to use Google’s browser on their Linux platforms, thus boosting Chrome’s percentage up.
But, before rushing off and installing Chrome, think about what you are really doing: you’re building the prerequisites for another browser war. Chrome isn’t all compatible with Firefox or other open source browsers, and, while Google might seem like a benevolent and trustworthy company now, I’m sure it will turn to be just another Microsoft in the near future. Remember that Google collaborated with the communist government of the People’s Republic of China in order to impose censorship on the Chinese people denying some of those people’s most basic human rights. Don’t be evil…Right!
I’m sure that Sergey Brin and Larry Page started Google in good faith, but the company doesn’t belong to them any more. It belongs to the shareholders. And if these shareholders will consider that starting another browser war would benefit them, they will do it. There’s no doubt about it. Don’t help them. Think about all the headaches we’re still having with Internet Explorer. Use an
open source independent browser. Use Firefox.