@claudiom What keeps the lights on at Mozilla HQ is a yearly donation of about 450 million dollars from Alphabet.
So you'll have to bare with some whacky defaults, but it's still the best and most open web browser available. Any fork of Firefox will simply disable all the whacky defaults for you but Firefox is still where all that code originated and I love Mozilla for keeping it going.
@stemid But for how long do their users have to bare with it? Until they're no longer around? Until sites no longer support Firefox because of lack of users? I get that they need funding, but doing it this way is not the way IMO. I know I'm not the only one who thinks this way, and I don't believe everyone at Mozilla thinks this way, either.
@stemid If we have to bare with it, then we might as well bare with the alternatives (which are no better) since Mozilla's just playing a can't-beat-em-join-em game.
@shuro I've no problem disabling things, but I do have a problem with it being done and enabled in a sneaky manner with "color themes" as a distraction.
@shuro I still use Firefox, but I'd wish they'd be more up front with their users about it. I always check what's added when a new release comes out. I don't remember seeing anything about these "Sponsored Shortcuts."
Linux development has been the same way. Big donations in development time from IBM and Google make up most of the project.
It seems to be the way of things, to use a close fork of a corporate funded, but mostly open, project.
But to combat this, tech industry needs to learn that aside from security and bug fixes, updates are unnecessary. New hardware means needing new drivers, and introducing possible semantic bugs in the pipeline. It kills past charity software work. Fast changing languages have the same issue. Most lang's are getting stuck in single compiler territory.
Like GCC struggles on Mac M1 chips. Goodbye FORTRAN based computational science tools that a bunch of software relies on. Over 50 years of running just fine, then axed.
"I appreciate SDF but it's a general-purpose server and the name doesn't make it obvious that it's about art." - Eugen Rochko