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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This Is Serious
by Pro-Competition on Sun 17th Dec 2017 21:05 UTC
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Thank you for posting this. I had not heard of this yet.

As a long-time Mozilla / Firefox user, I appreciate what Mozilla stands for and everything they do to promote it. In fact, that's why I've stuck with them through thick and thin. But like the author of the article, I have not always been comfortable with where they've drawn the line with commercial partnerships.

I am not going to abandon ship over this incident, but it does cross a serious line, and I will be keeping my eyes open. I am also not sure why management thinks this was OK, which might be the most worrying aspect of the whole thing.

Like the author says, "Whoever is leading these decisions at Mozilla needs to be stopped".

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