Bill Thompson is a technology analyst (he was at NotCon last year, which I sadly missed). He regularly writes a column over at BBC News Online, and this week’s is about Firefox, and indeed open source software in general. On the whole he comes out in favour of Firefox, saying that it being open source makes it more secure (and why this is the case), and how it has enjoyed success lately.
But one paragraph got my goat a bit:
In fact the little red button that tells you a “critical” update is available appears almost weekly, sending users off to the website to get the new version and fix yet another bug or security hole.
Erm, no Bill, it isn’t. The red button that tells you a “critical” update is available has only appeared 3 times since the release of Firefox 1.0 in November last year, for versions 1.0.1, 1.0.2 and 1.0.3 respectively. That’s hardly weekly, and while I’d admit 1.0.3 did follow 1.0.2 quite quickly, there was nearly a month between the two.