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posted by chromas on Monday June 10 2019, @08:57PM   Printer-friendly
from the lynx++ dept.

Opera, Brave, Vivaldi to Ignore Chrome's Anti-Ad-Blocker Changes, Despite Shared Codebase

Despite sharing a common Chromium codebase, browser makers like Brave, Opera, and Vivaldi don't have plans on crippling support for ad blocker extensions in their products -- as Google is currently planning on doing within Chrome.

The three browsers makers have confirmed to ZDNet, or in public comments, of not intending to support a change to the extensions system that Google plans to add to Chromium, the open-source browser project on which Chrome, Brave, Opera, and Vivaldi are all based on.

A few hours after reading about Brave, Opera, and Vivaldi breaking with Google blocking ad-blockers, I find this story -
Firefox may introduce a paid version in order to reduce its reliance on Google revenue

Mozilla, the maker of open source browser Firefox, is by no means strapped for cash; although the said browser is offered free of charge, the foundation has a lucrative search deal with Google.

Some of the revenue also comes thanks to its controversially proprietary online bookmarking service Pocket, and some from sponsored content and donations.

But although the Google deal is sweet – Mozilla is very dependent on it and nervous about the prospect, however unlikely, of losing it. Therefore it always seems be on the lookout for new revenue streams.

Mozilla will reportedly launch a paid version of Firefox this fall

In an interview with German media outlet T3N, the company's CEO, Chris Beard, said that it's aiming to launch the new version by October, with features like a VPN and secure cloud storage.

The company's already experimented with a VPN service by partnering up with ProtonVPN and offering a $10 subscription. Now, the company's thinking of offering some amount of free VPN bandwidth to get you started, and then charge a premium for metered access in the form of a monthly subscription.

So - what is the future? Are browsers to be divided between "free" browsers, that play games with Google, and paid browsers, which thumb their noses at Google?

And, how will all of that affect those of us who routinely modify their browsers? Will we have to work harder, for the same effect - or will we just be shot down in flames? Surrender to Google, or pay to browse?

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  • (Score: 2) by RamiK on Tuesday June 11 2019, @01:23AM (1 child)

    by RamiK (1813) on Tuesday June 11 2019, @01:23AM (#854008)

    I'm on Falkon and learning to use Surf.

    I've used surf but I ended up going back to firefox over the extensions. It's less of a problem when all your bookmarks are stored in a markdown file and your passwords are in's pass, all synced through syncthing.

    I've been warning people for years one listens to Cassandra^W Marissa

    > (Azuma stands up) Hi my name is Marissa and I've been a FOSS user for 10 years.
    > (SoylentNews users) Hi Marissa!

    general-purpose computing into a commercialized, Balkanized Hellscape

    IMHO any balkanization (commercial or otherwise) of general-purpose computing is unlikely when the different parties are trade warring.

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  • (Score: 3, Touché) by Azuma Hazuki on Tuesday June 11 2019, @02:43AM

    by Azuma Hazuki (5086) on Tuesday June 11 2019, @02:43AM (#854038) Journal

    15 years this July, actually :)

    I am "that girl" your mother warned you about...