I can plan product development, so what can be done in our case?
Some time ago the situation was comparatively fine - KM grew up and Mozilla was a friend. Now all have changed in unpleasant way.
But as I see, main reason of stagnation isn't in Mozilla's decision. It lies in the area of K-Meleon's popularity and penetration.
1) FF still is an open-source. If some code isn't supported anymore by Mozilla, this don't mean this code is lost. But you still need developers - if you have ones, then you can produce this code instead of Mozilla coders. Am I wrong?
2) How to to attract new developers? You know there are two ways:
- pay money
- be interesting and challenging
We wouldn't discuss first way - it is unsuitable for free community (but if my business project would survive and become profitable, I definitely will try to develop KM in paid manner too. Sadly, we are now just in startup stage and no future is guaranteed).
3) So, how to be interesting and challenging?
Here you'll need be at least informative, penetrative and unique. Some years ago there were relatively much of KM-related buzz.
The best point was when KM had got into browser-selection sheet for Windows.
But then it's popularity stopped to rise and the last year without any official updates almost kills public interest to KM.
So I see one way to reload - promote KM in all ways, make it closer and more friendly to user.
We need to tell something MAIN to potential newcomers. We need change the црщду paradigm of KM's uniqueness.
Reality we face with is that average user doesn't need 'extremely confugurable' browser - he needs 'simply usable and friendly browser with personalization'.
In other words, users want LIGHT browser (in any sense). And this is our chance because KM have something to offer here!
We just need to see it and show it in terms of consumer not developer.
to be continued...
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