Firefox outcome (Re: Is Ubuntu going to adapt Ice Weasel?)

Toby Smithe toby.smithe at
Mon Oct 23 19:25:34 BST 2006

On Mon, 2006-10-23 at 14:19 -0400, Michael V. De Palatis wrote:
> On 10/23/06, Matt Zimmerman <mdz at> wrote:
> > After a discussion with Mozilla representatives, which took some time due to
> > both of us being busy with major new releases, we're making good progress
> > toward an arrangement where we will maintain the Firefox brand and work
> > closely with upstream to ensure that we're both happy with how Firefox is
> > represented in Ubuntu.
> >
> > As a preliminary step, we've incorporated branding changes and some bug
> > fixes into the final firefox builds for Edgy which were agreed with Mozilla.
> I think I speak for a lot of users when I say thank you for taking the
> right approach to this. Yes, I was one of the people incredibly upset
> with Mozilla for their approach, but by engaging them, rather than
> simply saying a big "screw you" (as the Debian team ultimately did,
> essentially), it looks that the right outcome has happened, one which
> is good for all parties involved.

Indeed, I think it is a good outcome. I am still a bit peeved by the
lack of freedom this represents. Moreover, I think it is sad that
IceWeaselIcon effort has been somewhat wasted: there was obviously a
great talent in that.

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