20 January, 2010

It's about F-ing time...

2008 and 2009 saw increasing usage of alternative web browsers, which is a good thing in my opinion. Ever since I switched to only using browsers based on open standards, I haven't experienced any significant issues while doing my daily surf.

Also, ever since my major switch to standards based operating systems (BSD, Linux, etc.) I have not had ANY issues with regards to viruses and/or spyware. AND I have not done a single "FARI"-session (Format-And-Re-Install, anyone with advanced Microsoft-familiarity must have done this a couple of dozen times, or more... as I have).

With the recent critisizm against the security in Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser, and a German government agency warning against the use of Internet Explorer, Mozilla's German department has reported huge increases in downloads from IE users in Germany.

Allthough Germany has always had small IE-footprints, the last days show that this trend does not seem to be changing any time soon. Mozilla reported an average browser-download of 70.000 unique downloads before the government warning issue, and a staggering 200.000 unique downloads after. Seeing this happening in a fellow European country gives me hope that it might just tip over the browser-userbase statistics worldwide sometime soon.