Google, the world’s largest search engine, has hired the lead engineer of the FireFox web browser. FireFox has become something of a movement of late, achieving more than 20 million downloads with an ad budget created from user donations, a lot of passion and millions of committed evangelists.If you have not moved to Firefox, you should give it a try. I have been using it for a year and find it a much better browser.
The move by Google is fueling semi-dormant speculation that Google is working on a web browser – or will be soon. Ben Goodger noted on his blog that he would continue working on the Open Source browser.
"My role with Firefox and the Mozilla project will remain largely unchanged," Goodger wrote in the post. "I will continue doing much the same work … with the new goal of successful [Version] 1.1, 1.5 and 2.0 releases. I remain devoted full-time to the advancement of Firefox, the Mozilla platform and Web browsing in general."
The move is one of the first in evidence that Google is openly supporting Open Source, instead of merely using it to fuel its hundreds of thousands of servers without paying licensing fees.