03/28/2008 02:45 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Will Success, Or All That Money From Google, Spoil Firefox?

Only a couple of years ago, Firefox was the little browser that could -- an open-source program created by thousands of contributors around the world without the benefit of a giant company like Microsoft to finance it.

Since then, Firefox, which has prospered under the nonprofit Mozilla Foundation, has grown to be the largest rival to Microsoft's Internet Explorer, with 15 to 20 percent of the browser market worldwide and higher percentages in Europe and among technology devotees. It is the most popular alternative browser since Netscape, with about three times as many users as Apple's Safari.

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