Battle Brews Over Firefox In Ubuntu 8.10
Firefox, what's not to love about this open-source web browser? Well, a number of users following the development work on Ubuntu 8.10 (the Intrepid Ibex) are feeling rather outraged over Mozilla Firefox 3.0.2 and later. In the latest Ubuntu packages, Firefox requires an EULA (End-User License Agreement) be accepted the first time you launch the browser. The EULA mostly deals with agreeing to Mozilla's trademark policies for Firefox.
A number of users are now disturbed over having to see this EULA as they call it "an irrelevant license" and that "mandating this EULA is going too far." Mark Shuttleworth said on this issue that:
Mozilla Corp asked that this be added in order for us to continue to call the browser Firefox. Since Firefox is their trademark, which we intend to respect, we have the choice of working with Mozilla to meet their requirements, or switching to an unbranded browser.
This statement though hasn't tamed many free software idealists and the outcry continues in this Launchpad bug report. Users that take this issue to heart can either switch to a trademark-free web browser or abandon Ubuntu entirely and switch to the Ubuntu-based but FSF-approved gNewSense.
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