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Mozilla Ditches Firefox's New-Tab Monetization Plans 195

Posted by Soulskill
from the benefits-of-asking-for-feedback dept.
hypnosec writes "Mozilla has ditched Firefox's new-tab monetization plans because they 'didn't go over well' with the community. Johnathan Nightingale, Mozilla's VP of Firefox, said much of Firefox's community was worried Mozilla would 'turn Firefox into a mess of logos sold to the highest bidder' and that users wouldn't have control over this or see any actual benefit. 'That's not going to happen. That's not who we are at Mozilla.'"
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Mozilla Ditches Firefox's New-Tab Monetization Plans

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  • Re:Damn you firefox! (Score:4, Informative)

    by QuietLagoon (813062) on Saturday May 10, 2014 @01:17PM (#46967627)
    Take a look at Pale Moon [palemoon.org] browser. It's built with FireFox source, but with a rational user interface layout.
  • More about Pale Moon (Score:5, Informative)

    by Futurepower(R) (558542) <MJennings.USA@NOT_any_of_THISgmail.com> on Saturday May 10, 2014 @04:48PM (#46968631) Homepage
    The Pale Moon browser is a better version of Firefox. Pale Moon appears to have better management than the Mozilla Foundation gives Firefox.

    Pale Moon Windows version [palemoon.org]
    Pale Moon Linux version [sourceforge.net]

    Here are some of the advantages:

    1) Pale Moon has a 64-bit version. Firefox doesn't. The 64-bit Pale Moon uses the Firefox add-ons; there are no problems except with some unusual add-ons.

    2) The "Find in page" is better in Pale Moon. In Firefox the "Find in page" field is on the left of the screen and the "Highlight All" and "Match Case" buttons are on the right. In Pale Moon they are together so that you immediately see if something is chosen from a former search.

    3) Pale Moon has backup software. Firefox has only Mozbackup [jasnapaka.com], which works well, but isn't Mozilla Foundation software.

    4) Pale Moon is said to be more stable than Firefox. The memory-hogging flaws in Firefox are so widely acknowledged that there are add-ons for re-starting Firefox: Firefox Re-start Add-ons. [mozilla.org] I use Restartless Restart. [mozilla.org]

    5) Pale Moon is completely independent of the forces that guide Firefox. Pale Moon is in no way associated with Mozilla Foundation. [palemoon.org] The Mozilla Foundation seems to feel forced to change Firefox in ways most users don't want.

    Migration tool: Pale Moon has a profile migration tool [palemoon.org].
  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 10, 2014 @05:32PM (#46968891)

    I just tried Chrome, and it looks almost fucking nothing like Firefox 29. Thanks for nothing.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 10, 2014 @09:31PM (#46969965)

    It is Firefox. It's just a custom build with some slight mods. But saying it's not Firefox is disingenuous, since it's so close to being Firefox it might as well not be given another name.

    As for your other points:

    1) There are 64-bit versions of Firefox, they're just not releasing an official WINDOWS version in 64-bits yet. Practically speaking there seems to be no real benefit to running 64-bit Windows builds, either.

    2) This is the most inane BS I've ever read. The search isn't in any way better, you just like the buttons and UI elements laid out a different way.

    3) Who cares? You can backup your profiles with whatever software you wish. Why lock yourself into one of them? There's also an entire profile-syncing subsystem so you don't HAVE to have your profiles on one PC.

    4) No, it's not. Both are just as crashy in my testing. The problem is that people often compare Pale Moon, which runs an older ESR-level of Firefox, to actual Firefox, which is a few months ahead of that ESR level. Might as well compare apples to oranges.

    5) So you're saying that if Mozilla dies, Pale Moon will pick up the slack and continue being it's own thing? Yeah, not gonna happen. It'll end up like Dillo, and slowly become wholly irrelevant as the devs won't be able to keep up with the web's development at the hands of the three largest tech firms on earth.

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