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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I wouldn't quite say they abandoned Thunderbird. Their argument that it's functionally completed software (other than bug fixes and simple maintenance) is technically true for the time being, given that it is an e-mail client, and it does everything an e-mail client needs to do, in many cases more correctly or sanely than many competitors.

Personally, I'm glad they quit trying to add new features, as those new features ended up being a pain in the arse on a rather frequent basis (like the whole handling of the Reply-To headers and mailing lists recently).

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