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The Mozilla Firefox Boycott – More to the Story

source: http://www.libertarian-examiner.com/2014/04/the-mozilla-fire...

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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The more technically advanced

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.

Just a quick correction. Netscape Navigator was not always free. It was actually being sold for around $50 per license/copy, initially. I remember reading back then how Netscape was breaking software sales records because their software was flying off the shelves.

Then Microsoft released Internet Explorer for free, which caused Netscape sales to tank. Netscape had no choice to do the same, become free, and their business soon tanked as well.

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Anyone else think there's a

Anyone else think there's a possibility that OKCupid had motivations not even related to the issue for doing what they did?

Let's see...

Mozilla's now ex CEO donated to an anti-gay rights campaign.

And

OKCupid's CEO (also CEO of Match.com) donated to the campaign of a politician who is anti-gay. http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/04/okcupid-ceo-donate-a... Which might be even worse because politicians actually make laws instead of just lobbying for them.

So why would OKCupid do this if their CEO also apparently supports anti-gay political candidates?

Could it be that Match.com is losing money due to other dating websites, particularly plentyoffish.com, which are free? OKCupid was probably launched in order to take back the audience which plentyoffish.com had been taking away.

And now "OKCupid" is all over the media. People who have never heard of the site are now talking about it. Was it a publicity stunt?

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There wasn't much more to the Eich/Mozilla Story after all...

There wasn't much more to the Eich/Mozilla Story after all, was there? I was expecting some expose on big backroom negotiations gone sour as a result of Eich's intransigence, resulting in the necessity of his removal. Or perhaps a hit job by Microsoft to eliminate a competitor.

Instead, its just some rant on political whatever. But there is nothing political at all about the boycott. THe author speaks of 1984, when in reality its more like 1519: Its religious fanaticism in its purest form. In this case, the rabid evangelists of the gay belief have struck against an enemy of the faith and sent a strong message to any who should fail to embrace it:

Believe or perish!

"Cowards & idiots can come along for the ride but they gotta sit in the back seat!"