Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 25th May 2012 19:09 UTC
Opera Software Pocket-lint has a rumour up that Facebook is interested in acquiring Opera to kickstart their own move into the browser market, to compete with Mozilla, Google, and Microsoft. While it would mean much-deserved recognition for Opera, I actually hope such a deal does not go through - for entirely selfish reasons.
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Mozilla is independent
by Lennie on Mon 28th May 2012 00:22 UTC
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As I see it:

Mozilla receives a lot more money than they spend. (the old financial report is now a 404 page not found, so the next sentence is from memory). In 2010 they spend, I think, only 1/4 of the money they received.

Every year since 2009 or 2008 at least they've received more money.

In 2010 they already had almost as much cash in the bank (or other financial assets) than they received from searchegines that year.

Google can't stop giving money to Mozilla, because Mozilla might put Bing as the default search engine in their browser.

So I think Mozilla can run for years without any financial help from anyone and Mozilla is a non profit with the goal to improve the web and keep it open for everyone.

Opera is a business and also receives money from Google, Microsoft, Yandex and so on.

Does that make Opera less or more independent than Mozilla ?

I know one thing, Facebook can't but Mozilla.

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