Ok, let’s put this straigt. Mozilla HAD (!!!) a contract with Google from 2012 – 2014 that showered them with money – which they probably got a lot of shitstorms, and online-bashing.
But even worse: Google stole a lot of Browser-Market share from Mozilla.
Well i guess Google paid Dollars – but Mozilla paid double. (passing on data to google about searches and loosing users)
Despite these evil deals I personally have a good feeling about the Mozilla foundation – but those kinds of deals can massively undermine the TRUST that Mozilla is still serious about it’s goals. (it really was not very comfortable to go into settings, trying to make https://startpage.com the default search… while not knowing if the „AUTO COMPLETE SHIT“ still was send to Google… NOT NICE!)
So you got a lot of money – but lost a lot of market-share.
Never the less – it seems like Mozilla (former Netscape) survived – and hopefully did not sell it’s soul to the devil of money YET. (if you won’t believe me but brain scientists actually have proven the psychological effects of money on people, communities and society are DEVASTATING (split, split, split, fight, split)
After all – what users like is high quality software +innovation and maybe even DEMOCRATIC STRUCTURES – like „propose a feature“ then „vote on that feature“ and Mozilla will explain why this is a good idea for the road map of Firefox or why not.
YOUR ONLY CHANCE OF WINNING BACK MARKET SHARE IS IF YOU WORK CLOSELY WITH THE COMMUNITY AND MAKE A BETTER PRODUCT.
listen to what the community has productive input, make firefox easier to handle, faster, more efficient, easy and convenient to install and update.
Small filesize would be a bonus.
Even if that means new concepts – back to scratch and rewrite, rewrite, rewrite yeah its hard work to surpass the v8 engine 😀 and Google has definitely more money – so score on everyday-convenience while also protecting privacy – where Google will ALWAYS SUCK.
<- it’s a good thing, that firefox is also available as an App in the alternative app-store f-droid.org… but f-droid says they gonna drop it soon… and one should download it manually.
Note that this package will soon be dropped from the F-Droid repo. Please consider using one of the following options for continued update support:
- Manually download latest version from Mozilla
- Firefox Aurora/Developer Edition – bleeding edge Firefox with automatic updates
We urged Mozilla to enable auto-updates for release builds in 2015 — see bugzilla — but the issue seems stalled. So even when you download Firefox manually, make sure you revisited the download link from time to time.
Estimate EOL date: 2017
Mobile version of the Firefox web browser. Uses the Gecko layout engine to render web pages, which implements current and anticipated web standards. Features include: bookmark sync, custom search engines, support for addons and the ability to enable or disable the search suggestions.
- Non-free Addons: The license of the addons may be seen in the version notes, but often are non-free. The marketplace has no license information on most apps.
- ok – but it does not ship with addons per default does it? so yeah provide those details on the addons page and good you are?
- Tracking: Stats are sent back regularly to the developers, but that can be disabled via settings. Also some versions contain „Adjust“ tracking software.
- MOZILLA: SERIOUSLY: DO NOT ENABLE THIS PER DEFAULT!
- ASK PEOPLE ON INSTALL IF THEY WANNA HAVE THAT OR NOT! (and maybe win a prize then… )
- LIKE THE DEBIAN PACKAGE SURVEY ASKS ON THE INSTALL OF DEBIAN IF YOU WANNA TAKE PART OR NOT.
- OR DISABLE THAT FEATURE COMPLETELY, it is undermining trust – no matter the intentions.
- UpstreamNonFree: Contains proprietary software, e.g. play-services.
This application promotes non-Free add-ons. more…
This application tracks and reports your activity to somewhere. more…
The upstream source code is non-free. more…
Issue Tracker: https://bugzilla.mozilla.org
Source Code: http://hg.mozilla.org
BUT DO NOT TRAST ANYBODY – RESEARCH FOR YOURSELF! THINK FORYOURSELF -> SOURCECODE OF GECKO-ENGINE, FIREFOX AND THUNDERBIRD and give feedback! THANKS 🙂
„Payments from Google to Mozilla in in 2012 where $274 and in 2013 $275 million.
90% of royalty revenue for 2013 and 2012, was derived from this contract“
THATS A SHITLOAD OF MONEY – What do you do with all that money?
And how can you stay „independent“ if 90% of your income come from the monopolist of Search Engines?
„The specific terms of this commercial agreement are subject to traditional confidentiality requirements, and we’re not at liberty to disclose them.“
„A choice of device will determine much of your online experiences — the software and content available to you, what payment systems you can use, where your data goes, which if any of your data you can manage, the way you identify yourself to the world,“ Baker wrote in a blog post on Nov. 10. „People and businesses are able to innovate within the frameworks determined by larger businesses. One can only act as you’re given permission. Frankly, this direction for the Internet sucks.“
Some analysts believed that Mozilla’s switcheroo to multiple partners — it will restore Yandex Search in Russia, for instance, after dumping it in 2012 — will bring in more money. „Mozilla realized they could make more money by splitting up defaults by region instead of signing a single global deal,“ opined Ben Thompson in his Thursday Daily Update to paying subscribers of Stratechery.com.
But Mozilla’s contribution may have been less attractive to Google over time as Firefox’s share of all browser users has declined — according to metrics firm Net Applications, Firefox’s desktop user share has fallen 37% since the late-2011 contract the two signed.“
Packt with the devil… never ends good i guess.
The Aim: How to keep your BigData for BigBrother footprint small
Because after all – that is the program you type a lot of passwords into – like webmail – logins to banks and blogs – while backdoors can (of courseso) also be in your OS or your hardware – it could also be in your browser – so can you trust it? it’s critical and would render things like TOR useless if you could not trust it.
„The web is one of our most valuable public resources — it’s Mark Surman’s job to protect it.“
Whenever there is a lot of cash involved … from one single donor – things get biased – and i have heared of Google-people beeing working at Mozilla – probably just to steal the knowledge and incorporate it into Chrome – then outsmart the whole thing.
The significance of that is – in capitalism – everything tends to monopolize – one car company – one water company – one food company – one computer company – one house building company – one electricity company – stating the reason it is more efficient – while of course someone has to lose the battle (that’s rooted in the finance-system) and set it’s workers free to apply for state subsidies.
Obviously monopolies (Google is still a monopoly) this does not bring competition to the „market“ as it should – because almost all existing finance and banking system does not sponsor „people with cool new fancy creative ideas“ – it sponsors those who are likely to pay back with interest on interest on interest on interest.
So the current financial system actually „KILLS“ creativity and competition.
There is (unfortunately) no doubt about that: Otherwise: Where can i apply for a loan that i do not have to pay back if my idea turns out to not sell? (And why is https://www.kickstarter.com/ sponsoring so much nonsense?)
The fact Mozilla is still around and still some kind of independent is pretty cool and massive. But they also struggle with the current financial system.
I am not sure about the internal workings of the Foundation – but i just hope they did not sell their souls to Google YET.
Wikipedia has definitely felt the influence of the $-control-system – while scientific articles are great – some articles get corrected to reflect Washington’s views on politics and history.
Wikipedia is another monopoly who just killed all the other Encyclopedias that existed on this planet.
Good idea gone bad?
For example – people that investigate 9/11 like Dr. Daniele Ganser a swizz historian are associated with being „conspiracy theorists“ – Daniele lost his job (i guess he found a new one – publishing books – enough to drive a Tesla apparently) – how does Wikipedia do that?
By hiring a whole „human botnet“ of unemployed (e.g. GERMAN MUSIC) students – so i guess the NSA is also on their „sponsors“ list.
One day i had a little overdose of paranoia: Ever pasted a shitload of mail addresses into your icedove/thunderbird „To:“ line?
What you might experience is this:
don’t be confused by the name – „chrome“ in this case does not mean Mozilla stole or incorporated source-code from Google’s (also OpenSource) „Chromium“ project – that is actually stealing market share from Mozilla Firefox quiet fast.
Thunderbird = Icedove’s sourcode is (packed) modest 200Mbytes and you can get it here:
there you find:
this file: addressingwidgetoverlay-js
no Trojan could be found there… paranoia deleted.
YOU ARE FIRST SPONSORED – THEN EATEN UP BY GOOGLE!
„Royalty revenue totaled $306 million in 2013, up $3 million, for a very small increase of just 0.5%. In 2012, Mozilla’s royalty payments had doubled over the year before due to a new contract with Google, its global search partner, that was signed in late 2011.
At the time, reports circulated that claimed the contract guaranteed Mozilla $1 billion over the three-year deal.
Payments from Google in 2013 were approximately $275 million, an increase of $1 million from 2012.
As it has in the past, Mozilla did not name its largest source of income, saying only that, „Mozilla entered into a contract with a search engine provider for royalties which expires November 2014. Approximately 90% of royalty revenue for 2013 and 2012, was derived from this contract.“
But that „search provider“ was Google.“
if you can to keep Mozilla Open, Independent and respect Privacy https://donate.mozilla.org/?source=donate_redirect
i don’t think this is true: https://fundraising.mozilla.org/bitcoin-donations-to-mozilla-17-days-in/
the overall financial system and economy is not doing good – suprime crisis of 2008 is not yet over – it’s just delayed – they are still trying to put out the fire.
But i guess NOBODY KNOWS EVERY ASPECT OR WHAT MIGHT BE HIDDEN IN CHROME’S 10GBytes of SOURCECODE:
but you could download it here…
What Other Browsers are still in the Game:
i searched the apt cache:
qupzilla - lightweight web browser based on libqtwebkit
hv3 - Lightweight web browser
xombrero - minimalist web browser
surf - Simple web browser by suckless community
edbrowse - /bin/ed-alike webbrowser written in C
dillo - Small and fast web browser
conkeror - keyboard focused web browser with Emacs look and feel
arora - simple cross platform web browser
epiphany-browser - Intuitive GNOME web browser
hbro - minimal KISS-compliant web browser
jd - simple browser for "2ch-style" web forum sites
konqueror (default KDE browser) - advanced file manager, web browser and document viewer
konq-plugins - plugins for Konqueror, the KDE file/web/document browser
netsurf-common - small web browser with CSS support common files
netsurf-fb - small web browser with CSS support for framebuffers
netsurf-gtk - small web browser with CSS support for GTK
==== web editors:
bluefish - advanced Gtk+ text editor for web and software development
==== other web related stuff:
xul-ext-adblock-plus - advertisement blocking extension for web browsers
libjs-angularjs - lets you write client-side web applications as if you had a smarter browser
garmin-plugin - browser plugin for communication with the fitness websites
gurlchecker - graphical websites checker
libghc-webkit-dev - Binding to the Webkit library
libghc-webkit-doc - Binding to the Webkit library; documentation
libhttpunit-java - automated web site testing toolkit
httrack - Copy websites to your computer (Offline browser)
webhttrack - Copy websites to your computer, httrack with a Web interface
jscommunicator-web-phone - Basic SIP video-phone web page using WebRTC
jwchat - full featured, web-based Jabber chat client
libphp-snoopy - Snoopy is a PHP class that simulates a web browser
man2html - browse man pages in your web browser
ntop - display network usage in web browser
nut-cgi - network UPS tools - web interface
php-horde-webmail - Horde Groupware Webmail Edition
webalizer - web server log analysis program
webdruid - Web server log file analysis tool
zeya - web music server
The web is one of our most valuable public resources — it’s Mark Surman’s job to protect it.
Mark is Executive Director of the Mozilla Foundation, a global community that does everything from making Firefox to taking stands on issues like privacy and net neutrality. Mark’s main job is to build the movement side of Mozilla, rallying the citizens of the web, building alliances with likeminded organizations and leaders, and growing the open internet movement. Mark’s goal is nothing short of making the health and accessibility of the internet a mainstream issue around the world.
Winifred Mitchell Baker, better known simply as Mitchell Baker, is the Executive Chairwoman of the Mozilla Foundation and of Mozilla Corporation, a subsidiary of the Mozilla Foundation that coordinates development of the open source Mozilla Internet applications, including the Mozilla Firefox web browser and the Mozilla Thunderbird email client.
Baker was trained as a lawyer. She coordinates business and policy issues and sits on both the Mozilla Foundation Board of Directors and the Mozilla Corporation Board of Directors. In 2005, Time magazine included her in its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world and she has been affectionately given the title of „Chief Lizard Wrangler“ at the Mozilla Corporation.
That gives you a feel for the tone of the messages overall.
While working through this sample, I made a note of comments that stood out to me. This selection is looking for an inspiring (rather than a purely representative) sample.
- Absolutely LOVE your work! Please keep working on staying as independent as possible without all the snooping built in.
- Keep it up. You guys are fulfilling a sacred mission.
- Thank you for your contribution to keeping the web open to all, and helping to ensure that it is not reduced to being a puppet of big business.
- I have been told that you are the safest web browser. Thank you for all that you do.
- I also believe in what Mozilla is trying to do and its only right that we should all give a little to help, maybe more over time.
- Thanks, I love you all!!!
- This is free software, which I’m usinfg now for quite some time. does its job to my satisfaction. Words like free-web are new to me. I never thought about this subject before.
- Thank you for being an alternative browser and for your mission to keep the internet open.
- I am grateful to Mozilla and if I wasn’t off work with a fractured hip I would donate more.
- My most favorite browser for 7 years already, keep up the good work guys.
- I trust my data is safe with you, one reason I don’t sign up/give on line readily is that I hesitate to share my data widely.
- I watched Do Not Track, which I found through mozilla, and it was amazing!!
- As a web designer, I find Firefox the easiest to test my applications on and, for family browsing, also the most convenient. Keep up the good work!
- The freedom of the WWW is one of the most important human rights that we as people could have, so it should therefore be protected.
- I love you.
- The projects like increasing web literacy are really important to me. And the idea that there can be equity in access and voice on the internet. And I believe that I can vote with my dollar, and I need to support the things which I think are valuable.
- While the world goes to hell in a handbasket around us with CISPA, ACTA and all the other bills and surveillance is at an all-time high, Mozilla is a flagship of hope.
- Both reasons above. And besides, I like you guys. You got right smart guts as my grandma used to say.
- Mozilla Developer Network is my number 1 go-to source for references. Thank you all for the wonderful work.
- In these times of our freedoms being rapidly taken away, we need to be assured that our internet is protected from elements that want to take it away.
- The mission is valuable but the product is good, too. You need both. Keep up the good work!
- Thanks for your hard work! I would like to donate more, but I am retired and it is difficult these days. Anyway, your company is great. Thanks again.
- Thanks for not being corporate slaves. It’s hard to do that nowadays
- I’ve grown accustomed to yr face, and like the way it works.
- I still have a Netscape Beta T shirt…. I did have a Netscape email address. Thanks…
- Great campaign. Good luck! Merry Christmas!
- I use Firefox everyday – for work, for recreation – it’s the best browser out there (as far as I’m concerned) and I really appreciate all your hard work.
- A great product and the structure of the organization makes me hopeful that an open internet may still be possible!
- I’ve been using Firefox for almost 10 years now & it’s my default browser of choice. Thank you all for being awesome.
- Not easy to trust services in today’s world, but we do trust Mozilla Firefox. This is a thank you for your trustworthy service.
- After finding FireFox, better yet, Mozilla maybe 7-8 yrs ago, I’ve not gone to another. I love the vibrancy of this site. I do read what is going on with Mozilla. As I progress, I want to give to this non-profit.
- I believe in the value of services that Mozilla provides its users. I’m proud to be part of that partnership.
- Don’t let up, Keep the internet ours and fight those who want to abuse it or abuse us on it.
- Just thank you for being there.
- I am an independent investigative journalist who works, for free, to offer complete information to my audience in the name of informed personal choices and the freedom to make them. I like your mission but more important I, along with every individual on the planet, NEED this. Keep being the good.
- I greeted your convention at Orlando airport. I was very impressed with the people that I talked to!
- You do you, Mozilla.
- Hope you reach your desired sum & continue to offer humanity a great alternative!
- At least Mozilla tries to preserve the shreds of privacy left to us on the internet, would love to use a Mozilla search engine one day…
- I’ve read what you all are trying to do and I support your cause, and from the sound of your prompts, you guys and gals are struggling money wise? No? Well, either way, I hope you gain the ground needed to advance.
- Firefox is very useful to me. Please stop Windows 10 trying to get me to stop using Firefox. It’s wrong they should do this.
- Independent thinking and doing is important.
- I just like the idea of you
- Keep up the great job you are doing with Firefox. The people really need an independent browser that is designed to protect their privacy.
- i wish every body understood what you are trying to do.
- Mozilla seems to listen to what people want. It then makes appropriate changes to keep us safe. Keep it up!
- Honestly, I couldn’t survive without Mozilla, Wikimedia and NPR, so I donate to help keep them alive.
- i have learned to depend on a free and open internet. This expansion of inclusivity is an important step in the evolution of civilization.
- Thank you for providing an alternative for my iPhone and my Mac.
- You are keeping the web worthwhile as a workplace, an open space and safe space. thanks
- Thank you for your dedication to your mission.
- My son is studying for his PhD in computer science & recommended that I support Mozilla.
- The ‘please donate’ blurb made me feel I should donate cos I use Firefox all the time and every little bit from many thankful people makes the mission happen.
- Thanks for serving the average citizen instead of selling us out.
- I have always loved Firefox and appreciate the way it allows me freedom to use the internet and gives me tools so I may customize my experience. I feel it works for Me not “Them”. It’s Great!
- I am a disabled 76 year old with limited mobility. My computer connects me to the world and to my friends. My life would be very diminished without your services.
- i too work in a non-profit and i know how difficult it is to do good work and yet funding doesn’t come in unless asked. Keep up the awesome work!
- Security is the webs greatest challenge. I hope your organization continues to work to create avenues that provide greater and greater security to those of us navigating the wild west we call the internet.
- You guys rock! This is the first software project I am donating to!
- Go get em!