John Lilly, chief operating officer of the Mozilla Foundation, has accused Apple chief Steve Jobs of aiming for a 1980s-style "duopoly" with his plans for the Safari web browser on Windows.
Apple launched Safari on Windows at its recent developer conference, and the move has quickly attracted criticism from some quarters, including security experts, who immediately began exposing flaws in the preview software.
In his blog, Lilly said Jobs' Safari presentation showed at best a "blurry view of the real world," and at worst a disturbingly megalomaniacal urge to wipe out all competition in the browser market.
Lilly pointed out that Apple's plans to increase Safari market share shift from a pie-chart indicating Firefox's substantial market share (around 15 percent) to one illustrating a world divided between Internet Explorer and Safari, with no other competitors in sight. Mozilla is behind the Firefox browser.
"This world view that Steve gave a glimpse into betrays their thinking: it’s out-of-date, corporate-controlled, duopoly-oriented, not-the-web thinking," Lilly wrote. "And it’s not good for the web. Which is sort of moot, I think, because I don’t think this two-party world will really come to be."
He said that with the rise of Wikipedia, Creative Commons, Linux and Firefox the world has moved away from sole control by big corporations.
"Today’s connected world is no longer constrained by the monopolies and duopolies and cartels of yesterday’s distribution — of the publishers, studios, and OS vendors," Lilly said. "That Apple doesn’t feel this, even within the familiar reality-distortion-field confines of Moscone Center, illustrates much of the problem."