Mozilla enabled ads in Firefox and they're active in Fedora
tradej at redhat.com
Tue Nov 18 17:25:42 UTC 2014
On 11/18/2014 05:46 PM, Gerald B. Cox wrote:
> On Tue, Nov 18, 2014 at 7:17 AM, Tomas Radej <tradej at redhat.com> wrote:
>> I believe M$ made "good experience" with ballot screen, may be we should
>>> implement something similar in open source spirit ;)
>> If we do not want Firefox as default, this seems to be much better option
>> than just replacing it with a specific one IMHO.
> The "ballot screen" was required to be developed by Microsoft as part of
> the settlement of the anti-trust case with the EU. Mozilla's Firefox ads
> don't even begin to approach what Microsoft was doing. We don't need a
Nobody said we'd do it for the same reason.
> "default-o-matic" program where people would end up choosing Firefox
> anyway. If we really wanted to provide a free alternative to Firefox, we'd
> get Chromium working - it is really the only viable alternative.
While I concur that there's not much alternative to Firefox, I think in
this context, choosing Chromium is going out of the frying pan and into
the fire. I might have been doing it wrong, but even after I disabled
every single call-home thing I could, wireshark still detected a few
packets sent to Google servers upon Chromium starting, whereas with
Firefox, nothing was sent at all until I started typing in the address bar.
Additionally, the "Google way" of open source development is arguably
less-than-stellar, as illustrated in , and some of the bugs that
prevent Chromium to be present in the mainline Fedora repositories have
been open since 2009 without much progress (listed as blockers for ).
Based on the aforementioned, I think it's infinitely easier to fix
Firefox than push for Chromium.
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