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[6]: Damn
by WorknMan on Mon 18th Dec 2017 17:21 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Damn"
WorknMan
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They could probably use the online account (same as the one that syncs profiles) as the verification. Of course, I'm sure such things would be trivial to work around in unofficial distributions like Waterfox, but I'm one who doesn't mind paying to support good software, esp. to avoid the kind of bullshit we're seeing now. I understand that developers need to eat, and the world, as it currently is, does not run on free.

I know I'm not the only one.

Edited 2017-12-18 17:23 UTC

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