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.


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On Dell's side
by jessesmith on Thu 6th Mar 2014 12:28 UTC
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This seems to be a pretty clear case. Dell is offering a service and charging customers a small fee for it. There is nothing here which would violate Mozilla's copyright or trademark. If you paid a tech to come to your home and install Firefox for you it would probably cost more than what Dell is charging. Seems Dell has found a way to give their customers a better web experience and make a little money from it. I don't see what the problem is. Everyone here wins. The customer gets a better browser, Dell pockets some money and Firefox's userbase increases. There is no victim and no violation of license.

Think of it this way, if Mozilla complains about Dell offering to install Firefox, then that means Mozilla should also be going after individual techs who install Firefox as part of their services or Linux distributions who supply Firefox in their repositories.

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RE: On Dell's side
by henderson101 on Thu 6th Mar 2014 13:17 in reply to "On Dell's side"
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There is nothing here which would violate Mozilla's copyright or trademark...

..apart from the fact Mozilla specifically prohibits any charges for redistributing the Mozilla branded software. That part probably isn't helping Dell's case much.

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RE[2]: On Dell's side
by RshPL on Thu 6th Mar 2014 13:51 in reply to "RE: On Dell's side"
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That's easy to circumvent. You do not charge for the redistribution part but for the time of the human worker.

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