i would argue that Mozilla is not a corporation worthy of your respect - the shit they’ve pulled over the years is maddening
Oh, I’m definitely aware of at least some of it. The Cliqz stuff came out when I was researching Brave Search, for example. The DOH thing bothered me personally. Hell, they’ve always been like this. As Jamie put it:
Netscape has been a great disappointment to me for quite some time. When we started this company, we were out to change the world. And we did that. […] I must say, though, that it feels good to be resigning from AOL instead of resigning from Netscape. It doesn’t really feel like quitting at all. I was the 20th person hired at Mosaic Communications Corporation (All Praise the Company), and of those twenty, only five remain. The company I helped build has been gone for quite some time. We, Netscape, did some extraordinary things. But we could have done so much more. I feel like we had a shot at greatness, and missed.
And then there’s the could-have-been-cool projects like Firefox OS and Servo (that one was brutal). I don’t think the problem is that Mozilla ‘puts profit above people’, to twist their tagline (their structure works against those incentives), but that it’s mismanaged. Mozilla could certainly be making much more money if they had no ethics. So many of these moves just reek of incompetence instead of willful malice.
Ultimately, I like Firefox more than Chrome, and that’s why i use it. userChrome is great! I love getting Firefox to look like it’s using GTK4. It’s going to be a sad day when Mozilla finally axes it.
in fact, all modern web browsers are crap because the modern web is crap and they have to render it
Yes. As a (nominal) web developer, yes. Google doesn’t make it any easier.