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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I âjumped shipâ some time ago
by rekabis on Mon 18th Dec 2017 19:08 UTC
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I have been using the same web browser, in terms of codebase, ideology and heritage, for over 25 years; ever since NCSA Mosaic. I have been with the same product through its Netscape years and strayed to Opera for a bit only during that brief period between Netscape 6 and the early Firebird years (before it became Firefox).

I have had to “jump ship” from being a Firefox purist to using Waterfox some time ago. And I haven’t looked back.

It’s a crying shame that Firefox is taking this direction, actually, because I would love to trust them but I just cannot.

Edited 2017-12-18 19:10 UTC

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