Monday, April 7, 2014

If You Are Still Using Fascist Firefox, Considering Changing

I see that 41% of my readers are still using Fascist Firefox.  Opera has turned out to work well, Chrome, except when uploading pictures in blogger, is also quite quick.

UPDATE: Some websites have added obnoxious detours for those using Fascist Firefox.  I briefly experimented with at least putting up a blinking red warning, but that would have required me to start using server-side HTML to implement this in JavaScript (in honor Brendan Eich, author of JavaScript), and that was a bit more work than I felt like doing over the weekend.

15 comments:

Rob K said...

My big issue with switching is: are the alternatives really any better? You think Google wouldn't have fired somebody for the same thing? Or really, do you think somebody who had supported prop. 8 would have even gotten to that position in the first place? I really don't.

Clayton Cramer said...

I agree that Google is also fashionably progressive. But at least they have not made a big deal of showing their support for diversity and free speech by firing someone for being diverse and free with his speech.

asdf said...

Does it matter which browser is used? I still have Firefox. Do I need to uninstall it?

Btw, how does Mozilla even care? The browser is free.

Clayton Cramer said...

I have read that the default webpage that Firefox goes to generates some advertising revenue for them each time you start Firefox up. I suspect that if you change the default home page, it really doesn't make any real difference. But there are statistics out there that are gathered about what browsers are being used to visit webpages (which is part of why I can tell you that 41% of my readers use Firefox). Seeing their numbers fall might get a message across.

Allen Cogbill said...

Well, I dropped FireFox in favor of Chrome several years ago, mostly because FireFox had become too slow. I also use Opera, for a number of reasons (I've actually used it since, the 1990s, when I was using a combo of Solaris and OS/2), and it is good, but there are lots of site that complain, mostly because, I think, they haven't bothered to run their site thru a test suite using Opera.

Still, I use Thunderbird, another Mozilla product, and may change if some of the security-minded mail clients get reliable enough.

ザイツェヴ said...

Indeed, as Clayton implies, use of Firefox has impact on Mozilla's bottom line. However, to make a dent, the switch has to be truly massive. I did my part anyway, but I do not expect much.

R M Burn said...

One of the better routs would be to contact Firefox/Moz and ask them if they would also like to fire /////"Force out of their position" most of the Democrats (including Obama) and 52% of the people of California?

John Cunningham said...

www.palemoon.org is a fork of Firefox, I ran it a few times after I uninstalled Firefox. also, duckduckgo is an alternative to Google which does not fund google. seems to work ok as search engine.

Roger said...

I do not see how uninstalling Firefix serves any useful purpose. I am not paying for it. Mozilla is essential a division of Google, as that is where Mozilla gets its money. Google publicly opposed Proposition 8. Chrome is also free.

StormCchaser said...

I've been planning on moving to Chrome when I get a chance. But, as others have pointed out, Google is as bad as Mozilla. Look at where their political contributions, not to mention their in-kind contribution of technology to Democrats.

The "progressive" fascists are putting us in a position where the tendency is to split society in half. They love the idea, because they think their half will win.

We have the guns and knowledge on how to use them.

Mauser said...

Is using Firefox pro gay or anti gay? Or can I just say to hell with letting someone's politics dictate what I do when I don't have a dog in that fight? I finally have Firefox customized with all the plugins that do things I want, that may not be available in other browsers. Why should I inconvenience myself over California politics and stupid political correctness?

asdf said...

That google takes a pro-gay stance is surely not the issue. The issue is that mozilla fired a man because of his beliefs. Had they fired him because he opposed prop-8, instead of opposing it, it would still be an outrage.

Sigivald said...

Just change the homepage and search engine, and Mozilla Foundation won't get any money.

Honestly, it'll be more effective to write the Board a very polite letter saying that their actions are causing you to prefer a non-open browser and that they've set back the cause of "open internet" with their meddling in causes that aren't their raison d'etre.

(I refuse to make browser preference political, myself, at least at this level.)

tailwind said...

I switched to Comodo Dragon and am very happy with it. It is based on Chrome, open source.

It's a lot faster than Firefox and doesn't stop responding all the time. On Windows 7 at least.

I used Chrome itself before and it was OK, but I have problems with Google's policies on privacy, as well as its censorship in other countries like China.

Doug Klassen said...

Changing a browser is the sort of pointless feel good thing that a liberal would do.

If you want to do something that matters make a nice donation to pro-traditional marriage organization. Imagine if all the offended conservatives each gave $20 to the Family Research Council. The amount would dwarf Eich's little $1,000 gift to the Prop 8 committee. It would be as good or better than when thousands and thousands of conservative people visited Chik-fil-A to support their CEO. That made the news. A handful of conservatives changing their browser from one liberal backed item to another won't make the news or influence anything.