Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 5th Mar 2014 23:33 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems

The Mozilla Foundation has begun an investigation after tech juggernaut Dell appeared to be asking customers to pay GBP 16.25 ($27) to install its free web browser Firefox on newly purchased Dell kit.

What.

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RE: The "source"
by sj87 on Thu 6th Mar 2014 07:47 UTC in reply to "The "source""
sj87
Member since:
2007-12-16

This has nothing to do with LGPL so it's irrelevant to quote it. Mozilla does not give away its trademarked logos with LGPL, they are under a separate license. That particular license states it's not allowed to sell Firefox (the Mozilla-branded browser).

Sure, Dell will most certainly argue they are not selling but simply charging for a service. That's all LEGAL JARGON and Mozilla department will of course investigate if it should be seen like that or not.

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RE[2]: The "source"
by cdude on Thu 6th Mar 2014 10:22 in reply to "RE: The "source""
cdude Member since:
2008-09-21

and as this case shows its good they do that. Users may left with the impression Firefox isn't free while e.g. IE is and then not even try to get Firefox from somewhere else what hurts the brand. Dell should rename and rebrand to "Dell's Browser" so users not end believing the $20 are for Firefox while they are, in fact, for Dell.

Imagine another scenario where Dell bundles the Ask-toolbar and distributes it as Firefox. Thats not okay either because users would hate Firefox, not Dell, for that till they know its Dell's innovation whats totaly invisible, as in not written anywhere at all, in this "offer".

Dell needs to make clear its there offer, and only theres, not Mozilla's so users know who gets that $20 and that this offer is different from what you get at firefox.org.

Edited 2014-03-06 10:27 UTC

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RE[3]: The "source"
by Soulbender on Thu 6th Mar 2014 14:28 in reply to "RE[2]: The "source""
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Dell should rename and rebrand to "Dell's Browser" so users not end believing the $20 are for Firefox while they are, in fact, for Dell.


Actua;ly, all they have to do is change the worlding to something like:
"Fee for installation of Firefox browser"

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RE[3]: The "source"
by zima on Wed 12th Mar 2014 16:54 in reply to "RE[2]: The "source""
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Dell needs to make clear its there offer, and only theres

When will you finally learn the difference between "there" and "their"?

Edited 2014-03-12 16:55 UTC

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