The Mozilla Firefox Boycott – More to the StorySubmitted by rogerfgay on Sun, 04/06/2014 - 08:40
The story of Mozilla's Firefox actually began with the demise of the first mainstream web browser, Netscape Navigator. The more technically advanced cost free and open source Navigator fell because Microsoft shipped Internet Explorer, without extra cost, with the Windows operating system and most users simply used what they were given rather than downloading an alternative. The Mozilla Foundation inherited the Navigator source. A decade after the first release of Firefox 1.0, a decade of crawling and scratching back to a strong market position, and this people friendly reincarnation faces another potentially fatal blow; this time ostensibly due to puerile and clumsy office politics. But wait – there's even more to the story.
“Mozilla recently forced its CEO, Brendan Eich, to resign over his personal support for traditional marriage. The firing followed a vicious smear campaign against Eich by dating website OKCupid, in which OKCupid blocked Mozilla users from visiting their website.” (Why Firefox is Blocked)
It cannot honestly be said that vicious PC mongers are inching us toward an Orwellian dystopia. We're not on a slippery slope toward behavioral control. A majority of Americans have already felt the brutal hand of Big Brother or have spent time worrying about how to hide from it. Things may not look exactly as described in “Nineteen Eighty-Four”, but key elements are in place. Amply demonstrated, the public is past the point of misunderstanding the calls for tolerance and acceptance from people who will not tolerate or accept deviations from their own preferences by anyone else.
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