Warning on Ghacks:
Firefox Focus privacy scandal
Wow! What have we here? Oh no! Eyes hazing over with red...anger...must destroy...cannot stop...nooooooo!...not that!...not a rant!...My take on this:
For me, this is the last straw. Judging by the mucking about with implementing add-on signing, making it well-nigh impossible for some/many authors of same to continue, then announcing after that that greasemonkey scripts were effectively going to be banned with a change in technical design, and now this data-gathering scam apparently) using Focus, Mozilla's direction really does seem to have been seriously compromised from within.
The appearance is one of Mozilla demonstrably having made a steady progress towards making the product into a third-rate proprietary browser, with heavy constraints against easy user self-support, control and extensions, etc., abandoning its earlier objective for openness, extensions, add-ons, scripting by the community, etc. - and apparently all by progressively incremental and deliberate design. It does not seem feasible that this was all done through accident or mistake, but if it had been, then it would amount to a bad case of serial execution errors. One has to wonder why it was
In any event and in any normal business concern, by this stage, those currently in control could arguably probably have been given the boot for non-performance, or negligence, or something. They sure as heck seem to have lost or warped or otherwise changed the focus of the Mozilla mission out of all recognition.
Regardless, I don't like it
. I don't like it that, through incremental changes, my control over my favourite open browser has been progressively wrested from me by the selfsame organisation that I - as a Mozilla community member - had strongly supported over the years - an organisation that, in good community spirit, gave our community that control in the first place. As far as I am aware, these changes were not requested or initiated by me or other sincere users, but unilaterally by players within Mozilla
and with no public mention/consideration of the potential future adverse implications for all users and for the original Mozilla direction, and it has been deliberate and going on for quite a while now.
This could rather give an impression that suggests that the Mozilla organisation may have been hijacked for some ulterior purposes, and this suggestion could seem to be backed up by a lot of the BS nonsense and implicit disguised or open bigoted intolerance of alternative views that seems to have come out of Mozilla over the last year or so.
Mozilla would now seem to be effectively in a position of dictating
to the user community, paying lip service to, rather than genuinely acting on the user community's real needs. This has driven myself and many other users away from Mozilla. This would all seem to have been deliberate, and, as I said above: One has to wonder why it was
done. I think we should be told.