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Despite being one of the most popular browsers back around the time it was conceived in the mid-2000s, Mozilla’s Firefox has continued to lose an alarming number of users. Much of this doom can be gleaned by the company’s own Public Data Report, which show that nearly 50 million users have jumped ship for another browsing experience that probably includes the likes of Google’s extremely popular and dominating Chrome software. According to the Firefox Public Data Report, Firefox had around 244 million users at the end of 2018, but that admirable number had fallen to a worrisome 198 million at the end of Q2 2021. That’s a loss of around 46 million users in just three years.

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[…] if the declining trend continues, users like us may just be forced to switch to other browsers by adapting to new workflows. Even if we ignore the dominant control of Google’s chrome engine on the web by arguing that it is technically better, Firefox is still something precious. Because it provides way more customizations and constantly improves its privacy practices unlike any other.

Source: Firefox (via nixcraft, It’s FOSS)

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5 Comments

  1. I try it every couple of years but I just never seem to be able to stick with it. Philosophy-wise I like it, I like all the things it does, I just can’t make myself use it. Can’t put my finger on to the “why” of that either.

  2. I’ve been using Firefox for years, and haven’t had any issues. Never really seen a reason why to switch.

  3. They are trying really hard to drive users away. First the quantum exodus, making a shitton of useful extensions incompatible (I switched to waterfox at that time, but eventually even that dropped support for non-quantum extensions)

    And their latest fiasco the new proton ui. Which for the moment can be opted out of, but only in advanced settings, I’d imagine more people jumped ship because of it than those who took the time to find out how to get rid of it.

  4. Haven’t used Firefox in years. In situations where Chrome doesn’t work out (work stuff) we use Edge now… and it seems fine.

  5. I’ve been using Firefox since the very first version, and despite Mozilla’s attempts to ruin it over the years, it still somehow remains my favorite browser. Although for years I was mainly using Pale Moon. Now I use both.

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