The news that Google may seek deals with PC manufacturers to have Chrome preinstalled on their machines takes us back to those pre-monopoly Microsoft days when that is exactly what you found with all Windows machines. I wonder what effect such a deal would have on Firefox’s market share if this came to pass. When Firefox first rose to the fore it was in the context of a thoroughly crappy incumbent which was a virtual deathtrap on the Web and slow to respond to threats. In contrast Firefox was a hot, new, nimble, open source browser that patched holes and bugs in a matter of a day or less compared to Microsoft’s lumbering release cycles. What is the new context with Chrome in the picture? What are the arguments for sticking with Firefox in the face of an apparently faster open source browser with Google’s backing? Chrome will presumably handle extensions soon enough and there should be versions of Chrome for Windows, Mac and Linux in the new year.