FIREFOX PUTTING ADS ON THE NEW TAB PAGE.
disable on Settings > Home > Shortcuts > Sponsored Shortcuts. on by default. why even use it at this point jesus
@kate what version do you have ?
@kate how do you think firefox makes money 😆
wait till you discover most of Mozilla's funding comes from Google paying to be the default search engine
@kate I screamed when this first happened to me, some updates ago.
@kate Might I suggest you make a browser as great as Firefox, keep up with the updates, security issues and new features without *any* sponsoring like this for at least a few years before criticizing their approach?
It's easy to blame others without stepping in their shoes.
@firstname.lastname@example.org in worst case i can recommend https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/new-tab-override
though its more like a band aid then a solution.
I really love the Mastodon ad! They should put it first.
@kate It's easily disabled. I'm not a fan of it, but they have to make money somehow.
And at this point they're vastly losing, so there might come a time in the near future where we don't have a choice and can't disable this stuff.
So I still appreciate the Firefox team for all the hardwork and keeping the browser free and allowing easy ways to disable this stuff.
I don't know what they NEED to do, because I don't work there. But it seems like you have the solution to their problems. Have you attempted to get a job there? Have you attempted to contribute to the code base to help make it a good web browser? I'm sure they'd be happy to hear your suggestions that you can solve their money problems.
It seems things have taken a turn for the worse.
My Firefox New Tab page is set to display a blank tab.
@kate You can click the gear icon in the top right and turn that off by unchecking Sponsored Shortcuts
@kate Looks like they're desperate for funds. It is alarming, and we should support ff somehow.
If ff fails, the web will remain chromium-only (except maybe caves of gemini). That would leave google alone to set all the rules. Somewhat doomsday scenario. So don't be too picky and keep supporting ff. If they fail in funding, we all will get ads in chromium address bar or something worse.
I wish Mozilla the best of luck in holding this back as long as possible, but unfortunately they find themselves having to make these compromises. I don't think they can do what it takes to save the web without losing what influence they still have...
@alcinnz @kate I still think their influence depends on our attitude. In this case to ads. If they are opt-in, we could just opt-in. I have no problem getting to know relevant businesses - most of info on the web is irrelevant anyway. If that could be done without tracking (e.g. subscribing to keywords) I'd probably prefer that instead of micropayments and instead google's monopoly of course.
Another thing - open source software, especially as crucial as ff, can be clearly classified as public good. It is weird how there is no political will to appreciate and fund it. At least in countries I see. Is it because there is no demand from voters? Maybe there is demand, but not yet articulated?
Most people don't know or care. I'm always surprised when people recognise ubuntu or Firefox. They know brands, not the political philosophy of FLOSS. When people do know, it's been because of social interactions with people in FLOSS. Sometimes the impression hasn't been positive for them. We have a collective responsibility for this if we want to inform people about FLOSS and how it benefits the public
@dudenas @alcinnz @kate
Speaking about public good.... This is good news.
Ha, I was just about to mention @yogthos and their toot to the EU article https://abopen.com/news/european-commission-report-declares-open-source-software-and-hardware-to-be-a-public-good/
Good news indeed, and let's hope some very positive developments flow from here.
Yeah great minds think alike, or fools 😉. Although I think the movement for a common good would be supported by citizens generally. But it does rely of grass roots as much as the media, and politicians. Social contact is the best way to counter. Folks always yearn for community.
@dudenas @alcinnz @kate @yogthos
@onepict ha ha. Yes, community is crucial, and I think we can improve much further still in representing them online, especially on the fediverse. There's big interest in the 'common good' and grassroots movements small and large are everywhere. With the right mindset you stumble upon tons of positive development. But all is very fragmented and reinventing wheels. Also 'communities of action' where actual stuff happens, are much harder to establish and foster.
@dudenas @alcinnz @kate
Now as much as I'm skeptical about change happening from the outside, the news that @webmink and Amanda Brock of Open UK will be on the Open Standards board in the UK is a good start. https://www.gov.uk/government/groups/open-standards-board. We need to work together to influence all levels of society. From local governments to parliaments. I hope this is the start of more FLOSS in our public services.
I do quite like the concept of libre myself, as free can mean different things. I'm a bit wary of the term secure as yes we do have security in the concept and many eyes can help with that. However the term can be misused as much by FLOSS projects as by proprietary player in the industry. So I'd be a bit worried when we had the next heartbleed etc. Although it is an interesting concept as a term.
@dudenas @alcinnz @kate
Or they’re looking for a free clone of some propriety software, and they aren’t willing to put up with any shortcomings, perceived or otherwise.
> I It is weird how there is no political will to appreciate and fund it. At least in countries I see. Is it because there is no demand from voters? Maybe there is demand, but not yet articulated?
I tried to do my bit by emailing the tech spokespeople in NZ political parties a link to Nadia Eghbal's 'Roads and Bridges' report, with a bit of contextualizing comment about why it's important they read it.
So far just the idea has been floated, but apparently the need for it will become real. I would be very interested in this, also as an antidote to those who claim that open source is automagically commons, because most of the open sources have not been created by commoners. (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elinor_Ostrom )
Slightly OT.. I saw that Drew Devault started working on visurf, based on NetSurf and intends to create a HTML + CSS framework specifically targeted to smaller browsers as 1st-class citizens.
ONLY CREATE ACCOUNT IF YOU PERSONALLY KNOW AN ADMINISTRATOR, AND IDENTIFY YOURSELF IN YOUR APPLICATION. YOU DO NOT NEED A SHRIKE CLUB ACCOUNT TO FOLLOW SHRIKE CLUB USERS. A PERSONAL FEDERATED SOCIAL MEDIA INSTANCE FOR SMALL CARNIVOROUS BIRDS BY SMALL CARNIVOROUS BIRDS