absolute tsunami wave of news: Mozilla has sacked hundreds of their staff.
i cannot remember the exact number, i think it’s in the order of 250-300, but i think this might be the beginning of the end for firefox, and, perhaps, mozilla.
this is absolutely terrible news. it also spells a weird period of instability for what is going to happen to rust the programming language.
does anyone else have any more information? maybe it’s time for me to try out Next, the Common LISP web browser…?
where to from here?
i understand the argument that a few people were putting forward yesterday, and maybe also today, about how also stopping our use of Firefox adds to the demise of the browser.
but i don’t think i actually agree that ‘jumping ship’ from Firefox to a different web browser–or stopping using the web so much altogether–is a bad thing.
i think Mozilla’s decision to, effectively, stop development of Firefox is what is condemning the web to a duopoly of Apple and Google. however much we don’t like the decision, i don’t think us prosecuting the argument that we need to continue using it will actually reverse the decline of Firefox, as well as Mozilla.
the… ‘proximate cause’, that is, the most powerful or overwhelming efficient cause of (what i predict is) the certain demise of Firefox is Mozilla’s decision to sack the people that they did. all other things held constant, like some other party stepping in and taking up the project, /that/ is the main reason why Firefox will eventually fail and fade into obscurity.
ultimately, however, we do all share the same concern: we want an internet that is liberatory, and leads to the mutual flourishing of all that use it. so i /do/ sympathise with the argument that if we want Firefox to continue to live and succeed, then perhaps we should continue using it.
but while i sympathise with this argument, i disagree with it.
i think ultimately we need a more radical and transformative solution to user freedom, mutual aid, and collective flourishing in computer telecommunications.