20% – The Web Is on Fire!

We did it!

According to ranking.pl, one and a half year after releasing version 1.0, Firefox has a 20% market share in Poland and the total Gecko market share is at 21.2% here. Opera is also doing well at 7.2%.

So, we've reached another milestone but I'm sure this is not where we will stop. There are still 71.4% IE users who need to be converted. But "71.4" sounds a lot better than the "ninety-something" we used to hear in 2004, doesn't it?

(Dla tych z Was, którzy woleliby przeczytańá o tym wszystkim po polsku – polecam post Huberta ;-)) 

Firefox in Central and Eastern Europe

Gemius is a web statistics company which provides its services to many sites in Poland, including all the major web portals like Onet or Gazeta. Aggregated whole-Poland statistics from Gemius are presented at www.ranking.pl. Gemius has also recently opened its subsidiares in the Czech Republic, Lithuania and Ukraine.

I think it might be interesting to compare the market share of Firefox and Gecko in these four countries:

  Poland  Czech Republic   Lithuania  Ukraine 
Firefox  18.7% 14.2% 7.5% 6.1%
Gecko  20.0% 15.6% 8.3% 7.3%

Yes, I am as happy as Gandalf is, that every fifth Internaut in Poland uses a Gecko-based browser. I still remember the days when Gecko had a market share of 2% or lower. So, it's a great success and I'd like to repeat Gandalf's congratulations to the whole Polish Mozilla community. I'm also pretty sure that 20% is not our final word. ;-)

It's clearly visible that Firefox has greater market share in countries, where official localizations are available. So, every effort should be made to help non-official localizations to "officialize" themselves, and avoid situations like bug 281662 (Lithuanian official localization of Firefox 1.5 is blocked since February due to no apparent reason).