Google's Holiday Gift to Mozilla: A Search Deal Worth Nearly One BILLION Dollars

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Ghost XFX

If only FF would come up with a search engine of it's own...

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livebriand

I like FF, but the only issue is how the new version numbers keep breaking addon compatibility. How about going back to the old way, which worked just fine? Still, I dislike Chrome's trojan-like inclusion in installers, so I'm sticking with Firefox (on 9.0.1 right now).

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mattatooski

The problem with firefox, as already stated below, is that the quick turnarounds between versions render add-ons useless. Now that firefox has lots of money, maybe they buy out the most used ad-ons and make sure they work with new version updates. They have lots of money for research and development, so there is no excuse. Otherwise firefox will not be as popular as it is today. IMO anyway. 

And make sure that FastDial is one of them .....   

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smashingpumpin

I used FF for quite some time and got tired of incompatible add-ons due to frequent FF version updates. Since then, I've moved to Chrome and loved its speed and especially its cloud-synced bookmarks. But... guess what? They both still sux when viewing Shockwave and Flash ridden sites and end up having frequent crashes!

Heck I've even tried IE9 and Opera with no better result, and this coming from someone who is a Tab addict on Gawker sites. Hmm, maybe I should put the blame on Shockwave/Flash instead.

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livebriand

Yep, SEVERAL times FF has completely frozen, I went and killed plugin-container.exe, and it immediately responded and told me flash had crashed. Yep, I'm betting Flash is what was freezing things up. The sooner we can change everything to HTML5 and banish Flash to hell, the sooner I'll be happy.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

The rest of the world already does.

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bpstone

I was a fan of Firefox for a long time. What turned me off was when it began slowly launching then hanging (freezing) on multiple computer systems. If they fixed those problems, I'd be more than happy to install on my systems again. They aren't going anywhere so long as the support is there. They competed with Microsoft's Internet Explorer for how long? The more competition the better.

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stradric

So then Mozilla wasn't really in as much danger as many tech blogs indicated.  If Google didn't renew their partnership with Mozilla as a play to try to kill Firefox off, then Yahoo or possibly even Microsoft would have stepped in.  Firefox would have continued either way.

Still, it seems rather generous of Google to keep Mozilla afloat even when their product is in direct competition with Google's own.  It's refreshing to see a massive corporation embrace competition.  It runs in stark contrast to Apple's "kill the competition" model.  Chrome is beating out Firefox in market share simply because it's a better product.  Google doesn't need to kill Firefox with any other means other than continuing to provide a superior product.  And by continuing to give Mozilla a level playing field, Google really seems to be sticking to it's "do no evil" mantra here.

Now if it was Apple in Google's shoes, they'd probably cancel the partnership and sue Mozilla out of existence for whatever frivolous patents they held.

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d3v

No one is doing anyone any favours. It's business. If Goole is spending 300 mill a year its earning 2-3 times that in advertising revenue. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. What about the business intelligence that it gets? All that data on user's surfing and searching habits. Huge monetization opportunity there.

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Recidivist

I hope Mozilla put the extra cash to good use. I love FF but I envy the speediness of Chrome. The only thing that stops me from switching to Chrome is it's limited modding API, ABP+ and NoScript all have very crude ways of operating on chrome, these are mods I can't live without.

 

 

edit: The comment CAPTCHA is seriously broken >.>

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bpstone

Give Chrome another try. You can keep Firefox on your computer while you do. I gave you a list of some extensions you might be interested in. Have a splendid holiday!

• AdBlock
• Adblock Plus Beta
• ScriptNo
• Keep My Opt-Outs
• IBA Opt-out
• Google Analytics Opt-out
• IE Tab
• IE Tab Multi (Enhance)
• Inspect Element
• Firebug Lite
  Et cetera

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