November 12, 2007

Google’s Shadow Over Firefox

Filed under: Firefox, Google, Microsoft, Mozilla, Software — omsarti @ 3:24 am

Just something I wanted to think on..

The Mozilla Foundation’s chief executive earns roughly half a million in pay and benefits. With $70 million in assets, the Foundation gave out less than $300,000 in grants to open source projects in 2006. And in 2006 85% of their $66 million in revenue came from Google. When these figures first came to light, people worried whether Firefox was becoming a pawn in Google’s cold war with Microsoft. The Foundation addressed these fears and largely laid them to rest; but now the worry is that, even though it’s clear that the community’s code is what makes Firefox successful, Mozilla may be becoming dangerously reliant on Google’s cash.


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