Couldn't disagree more with this piece. Browsers are all expanding the capabilities of the Web, they are all driving the Web in different ways. Firefox is there to increase the individual's capability to shape their own experience on the Web. Chrome, which does matter, appears to be trying to make the client irrelevant and to cede all control to Web applications. Not the vision I share, but a vision nevertheless. Browsers do matter. Even Chrome 3.
"Could OpenSolaris be the new Linux? Give it a try" Well, I don't think it needs to be the new Linux exactly, but it must be gratifying for the people in the OpenSolaris project to read how far it has come in four years.