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: Oh please
by Thom_Holwerda on Mon 18th Dec 2017 18:09 UTC in reply to "Oh please"
Thom_Holwerda
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2005-06-29

For guy who uses a iPad Pro 12.9, Apple Watch, iPhone X, you need to take several seats.


Quite a few people - including myself - can be empathetic to other people's concerns, understand them, voice them, and argue on their behalf, even if we don't necessarily agree with them, either fully or partially.

So, even if I don't personally use Firefox, I can understand why many Firefox users are concerned, and how Mozilla's recent decisions simply do not align with the wishes of the generally more demanding Firefox users.

The fact that I, among others, also use Apple products has no bearing on this argument. But hey, if you need to tell yourself this to solve your cognitive dissonance caused by Mozilla's behavior - be my guest.

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