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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Then the wanted to write their own Phone-OS.
When that failed (after millions of wasted donations) they abandoned Thunderbird.

You are right, I forgot the doomed firefox-OS. But they were not alone in trying to build a new phone OS. Most of those efforts were doomed from the start, but it *might* have made sense back then. Now there is a firefox app both on iOS and Android, but how many use it ? (I don't).

Mozilla is left with only a "loyal" user base in the pc world which is getting thinner year after year. Funding will be a fight for survival in the next years otherwise it will be chrome-edge-safari, all proprietary.

Mozilla might not be the sinless angel, but for sure it is the lesser evil.

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