Are the downloads of Mozilla Firefox indicative of its users? Apparently not (via Larry Dingan). There is an admission that only 50% of the users who download actually end up using it. It is a good thing that Mozilla is aware of this and is taking active steps to increase retention.
Is Firefox losing me? Not me, but definitely my Dad, and probably many more. There are some Mac users who prefer Camino or Safari for their casual browsing. Even I have started using alternative browsers like Epiphany and Konqueror for casual surfing, and Firefox has turned into just a developer tool. Why? Because it is too expensive, in terms of memory and CPU usage both, for Web surfing.
Somehow Firefox seems to have deviated from its focus of Web surfing. It has become overqualified for surfing, And with what its trying, it is quite possible that it will be suitable only for the heavy Web users. Firefox, the browser, seems to be losing to Firefox, the platform. And with other browsers which use Gecko, the same rendering engine as Firefox, comparable alternatives are available.
Firefox has already captured a lot of the developer userbase. It can gain more market share only if it appeals to the common man. For that, I think, Mozilla should have one more point in their plan, probably at a high priority – to refocus on Web surfing and to treat Firefox as a browser, not a platform.