This strip first appeared in issue #221 of Linux (Pro) Magazine, shortly after Microsoft announced that Edge, their web browser, was to switch from their internally developed rendering engine to “Blink”, the engine used by Google Chrome. Like many people, we’re concerned that this gives Google too much control over the future of the web platform, raising the same sort of concerns we had in the bad old days when Internet Explorer was dominant. This cartoon is our response.

If you don’t want to end up in a web monoculture, where one company (that has a vested interest in selling adverts) gets to dictate the direction of the market, we urge you to use Firefox where you can.

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↓ Transcript
[Panel 1: A campsite, with a roaring fire, and a banner reading "Welcome to Camp Code"]
Elvie: …so one browser had a near monopoly, and thought they could set the agenda for the entire web.

[Panel 2: Close-up of Elvie, illuminated by holding a torch below her face, as though telling a horror story]
Elvie: But the spirit of Netscape rose, phoenix-like, to make a stand for independent developers everywhere!

[Panel 3: Close up of the fire. There's a newspaper burning in it called "News of the Web"]
Elvie: you may think this is just a tale of horror, made up to scare young developers…
…But we must always remain vigilant, for history has a way of repeating itself.

[Newspaper headline reads: "Microsoft to adopt Google's browser core"]