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Real Networks to Offer Open Source Firefox Browser

Real To Offer Browser with RealPlayer, Rhapsody, and RealArcade

Under a multi-year deal that presumes some undisclosed amount of money changing hands, RealNetworks is going to start offering the Firefox browser with RealPlayer, its Rhapsody music service and RealArcade game.

At the same time and apparently with the same pen, Real, which has already distributed what it called "millions" of Google Toolbars with RealPlayer, broadened its two-year arrangement with Google. Real users will be offered the choice of installing either the Google Toolbar or the Firefox browser, which incorporates Google search.

Real patched up its fractured relationship with Microsoft after Microsoft paid Real $761 million to settle its antitrust suit, and Real distributes IE so presumably the Google-Firefox combo will drain off some of the captures that would otherwise have gone to Redmond.

Mozilla said Monday that Firefox had reached 200 million downloads, which is not to say it has 200 million users, but it is now given 11.3% of the global market and 15.8% of the US.

Real claims to distribute two million pieces of software a day.

(This story appeared originally in Client Server News.)

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