[Bug 269656] Re: AN IRRELEVANT LICENSE IS PRESENTED TO YOU FREE-OF-CHARGE ON STARTUP
jbuncher at gmail.com
Sun Sep 14 23:21:54 UTC 2008
I admit, I *love* having the branded firefox in ubuntu, but if it comes
at the cost of an EULA, I'd much prefer iceweasel or an equivalent.
EULA's should not be in programs distributed in main. I know people get
used to them in windows world, but when I installed skype from medibuntu
and an eula popped up, I was instantly disgusted. Even a one-time EULA
significantly degrades the user experience in my opinion.
Secondly, if we allow firefox to have this, how many other apps will
there be that also need them? I would assume Thunderbird and Sunbird at
least. What about openoffice.org? This could quickly avalanche into
something where on the first boot and first use of many programs people
just decide to uninstall ubuntu, rather than deal with all of that
I understand that Mozilla needs to protect the Firefox brand (though I
don't understand how EULA's accomplish that), but Ubuntu needs to
protect Ubuntu's brand, and EULA-encumbered programs in the main
repository hurt Ubuntu's brand. We can still have firefox in multiverse
(or wherever is appropriate), and have it remove iceweasel upon
installation for those that don't mind. I think it's important to at
least keep a firefox-clone (or whatever iceweasel and related projects
are called) as the default in ubuntu rather than epiphany as it helps
users making the switch be more comfortable with a major use scenario.
In summary: I'd hate to see firefox not be the default, but an EULA is
AN IRRELEVANT LICENSE IS PRESENTED TO YOU FREE-OF-CHARGE ON STARTUP
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