Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 31st Mar 2014 23:45 UTC
Mozilla & Gecko clones

For the Internet community, the principles of free speech and equal rights are foundational. But in recent days, those issues are clashing at Mozilla, the nonprofit foundation and tech company behind the Firefox browser.

At issue is Brendan Eich, a co-founder of Mozilla, inventor of the much used Javascript programming language and the newly appointed CEO of the company. Eich made a $1,000 donation to the campaign for California's Proposition 8, which defined marriage as only between a man and a woman. The donation had come to light in 2012, but fizzled.

Opposing same-sex marriage is no different than opposing interracial marriage. As a Dutchman, it baffles me that an organisation like Mozilla appointed a man with such medieval ideas.

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by olafg on Tue 1st Apr 2014 15:11 UTC
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Is this OS news?

Javascript is a pain. I guess this means that there is no hope of getting a modern language like Dart into Firefox after this. That is the real news… I suspect the Dart VM will be integrated in Chrome by Christmas. Dart VM, PNACL and this could be utterly destructive to Mozilla. Firefox is doomed if it keeps clinging to javascript "purity", it will be heading the way of Opera when they are outperformed or become incompatible. Safari/IE will stay because of the OS installs and become Chrome upgrade paths... This is the way we are heading now.

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