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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by enryfox on Mon 18th Dec 2017 08:00 UTC
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Everybody likes free software; everybody likes to be paid for the job he does.

Mozilla is not an open source project carried on by volunteers in their free time, it's a foundation with paid employees and developers. For years they have made public their need for money to pay bills and salaries, that is why they also abandoned some projects (see Thunderbird) to concentrate only on Firefox. And to carry on a project like a modern web browser they need full time paid employees, it's unthinkable to develop such a projects using only volunteers in their free time.

If you want to contribute it's fairly easy, just open mozilla.org and in the top banner you will find what you are looking for. Or, if you are a developer, help writing code or testing in your free time, for free.

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