Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 17th Dec 2017 19:39 UTC
Mozilla & Gecko clones

For a long time, it was just setting the default search provider to Google in exchange for a beefy stipend. Later, paid links in your new tab page were added. Then, a proprietary service, Pocket, was bundled into the browser - not as an addon, but a hardcoded feature. In the past few days, we’ve discovered an advertisement in the form of browser extension was sideloaded into user browsers. Whoever is leading these decisions at Mozilla needs to be stopped.

Mozilla garnered a lot of fully deserved goodwill with the most recent Firefox release, and here they are, jeopardising all that hard work. People expect this kind of nonsense from Google, Apple, or Microsoft - not Mozilla. Is it unfair to judge Mozilla much more harshly than those others? Perhaps, but that's a consequence of appealing to more demanding users when it comes to privacy and open source.

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RE[4]: Damn
by Alfman on Mon 18th Dec 2017 04:17 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Damn"
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I wish they'd just give us the option to pay real money to completely turn off the bullshit. I'm sure most wouldn't pay, but some of us would. Maybe like $20 a year to run it on all my devices.

Yeah, I hear you. I suspect it would have to be on the honor system because many would install the "get out of my way" edition of FF and I'm not sure whether mozilla can sidestep the requirements of the MPL, which is an open source license allowing public redistribution.

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