Soon it will only be Chrome and derivatives. Then Google will officially have control over the net.
Us FOSS people will have to use Qutebrowser for everything.
Hopefully this is just fearmongering and not soon to be reality. Although I do like Qutebrowser.
So long as people use it, it will not die. I have used Firefox since day one as my primary browser, excluding earlier browsers like Netscape and Konquerer.
If Chrome(ium) really did take over, I’d probably ditch the modern web and go full force for Lynx and no-JS sites. There’s a reddit terminal reader, I’m sure someone would make a lemmy terminal reader.
It’s open source software, if someone really wants, they will continue developing it. Just like how someone is developing Qutebrowser.
Icecat is a derivative of Firefox without the tracking or Mozilla nonsense, I figure if Mozilla dropped Firefox (which does seem unlikely), GNU/FSF would continue improvements to Firefox through Icecat.
It’s a depressing situation, but people keep using Linux despite Windows being the majority. Maybe not a totally fair comparison.
The only realistic way I can think of that Firefox can be killed anytime soon is ubiquitous DRM developed by Google and adopted by almost every major website. Unlikely, but possible.
Google already has this with the majority of streaming sites, big and small, using their Widevine DRM. The benefit here though is that the module is developed for the OS platform, not the browser. Firefox has the “Enable DRM” button if it detects a need for the module and it’s not present. You may not get the highest quality stream though when using Firefox.
Beyond that I don’t see any DRM need for regular web browsing; major websites are boring anyway.
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