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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Another nail
by Morgan on Mon 18th Dec 2017 00:59 UTC
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It just gets worse and worse. I was so happy to see the performance come back into parity with Chrome, then they pull out another two user-hostile moves in less than two weeks. First it was silently changing the user's custom search settings to Google (oh but that had nothing to do with their new Google partnership, sure). Then they go and pull this bullshit.

You know, I almost dropped them over even considering Directory Tiles, then again when they integrated Pocket into the code itself instead of keeping it as a plugin the user could disable.

Now, I think I am done for good. I'm looking for a cross platform browser with bookmark sync that isn't based on Firefox or Chrome, or barring that, a way to sync bookmarks that works reliably in Edge and Midori.

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