I have found some of the takes fascinating. These takes have been both reasonably positive and understandably wary. I am very much in the wary camp—even when there are clear positive opportunities, in the eyes of an optimist.
I often jokingly link AMP to the era when almost every consumer accessed the internet with those pesky AOL CDs. Note how I say “internet” and not “the web”, because that proprietary, corporate land-grab couldn’t be further from the principles of the web.
The thing is, with a key competitor to Google now giving up and embracing Chromium, what’s to say they won’t also embrace Google’s other pet open source project, AMP? What if they also give up on Bing? It all starts getting a bit “AOL” at that point.
I’ll say it bluntly: we must support Firefox. We can’t, as a community allow this browser engine monopoly. We must use Firefox as our main dev browsers; we must encourage our friends and families to use it, too.
Yes, it’s not perfect, nor are Mozilla, but we can help them to develop and grow by using Firefox and reporting issues that we find. If we just use and build for Chromium, which is looking likely (cough Internet Explorer monopoly cough), then Firefox will fall away and we will then have just one major engine left. I don’t ever want to see that.