It looks like the recent Firefox "Adds" does not break any Fedora rules
so it's perfectly ok to ship it "as is".
The H264 codec download feature break the Fedora law and has been
removed from Fedora. When Fedora rules the Adds out of the apps it will
be removed from FF immediately. Until that it's a grey zone and may or
may not be removed/adjusted.
I understand you want to promote Fedora/Gnome on the titles instead of
some adds by Mozilla (no matter if it helps Mozilla to fund the browser
development). There's a option to pin more tabs here (on just the Fedora
start-up page) so we can provide our own set of start-up pages. Those
should be obviously well selected and confirmed by Fedora officials.
Please post your suggestions to #BZ and file a FESCO ticket for that.
Another way how to promote Fedora is to set "welcome" page to
. It appears when Firefox starts on fresh profile
and can point people to the Fedora project.
So let's start with this one, add the "Fedora titles" and discuss if
apps in Fedora are or are not allowed to show any Adds.
On 11/15/2014 02:25 PM, Lars Seipel wrote:
So Mozilla has recently gone live with its advertisement tiles on
"New Tab" page. Only newly created profiles get to see this stuff.
On a pristine F21 install using Gnome, when first launching Firefox,
users are presented with a number of tiles, depending on screen size.
One of those is a so-called "sponsored" tile chosen from a range of
available advertisements (e.g. for booking.com
, there's also one for the
Snowden movie), apparently depending on geographical location.
When this "feature" got originally announced, there was a discussion
on -devel if this kind of stuff is really appropriate for Fedora.
Some time later Mozilla seemed to have canceled the feature, quoting
"That’s not going to happen. That’s not who we are at Mozilla." as one
of the reasons.
Apparently, they (again) reconsidered, pushing the feature to nightlies
a few months ago. Well, it now hit the stable branch and, therefore,
This is how Mozilla pitches the feature to advertisers:
> To support ad personalization, Mozilla created an internal data system
> that aggregates user information while stripping out personally
> identifiable information. Mozilla can track impressions, clicks, and the
> number of ads a user hides or pins. Its advertising partners are also
> privy to that data.
Personally, I don't think that showing advertisements on the free
software desktop is appropriate. Our users are supposed to be able to
fully trust our software. That's one of our most-often touted strenghts.
I don't think the ability to "track impressions, clicks, and the number
of ads a user hides or pins" is something that is compatible with that,
regardless of this data being tied to "personally identifiable
information" or not.
Firefox's behaviour is probably nothing extraordinary on the other
platforms Mozilla is targeting. Compared to the prevalent attitude of
proprietary vendors, especially on mobile, it doesn't sound that bad
anymore. I don't think that's a suitable scale for Fedora, though.
From a user perspective, it's not that hard to disable the feature. Upon
first seeing that page a tooltip is shown to hint at the possibility.
Users can choose between three modes, "Enhanced", "Classic" and
Contrary to what is stated in the Mozilla kb, the only one that
actually disables the ads is "Blank", which is equal to setting the new
tab page to about:blank.
What does the community think of it? Is it okay for our flagship
applications to carry ads and report tracking data?