Chris Beard, CEO of the Mozilla Corporation, announced in his blog Wednesday, 11 November 2014, that they were ending their 10-year relationship with Google. As of December, they begin a five-year "strategic partnership" with Yahoo. For those wondering why the switch, The Verge has an interesting take on it:
In tech, little things can have big consequences — in this case, a tiny search bar. Last night, Firefox made a surprising announcement: after 10 years with Google as its default search engine, it would be handing the tiny search bar over to Yahoo. On the face of it, it's a strange move. If you're looking for almost anything on the internet, Google is a much better way to find it than Yahoo is. But that small search bar isn't just a feature, it's a business. And it’s a business that reveals how Mozilla and Google could increasingly be at odds with each other.
[We touched on this in a recent story about Firefox's expanding search options, but this aspect seems significant enough to merit specific attention. -LaminatorX]
I just want to thank everyone who runs SoylentNews. You've so graciously provided us a venue where we can talk about real problems affecting the open source world today, like Mozilla's idiocy and the systemd infestation of Debian.
We can't talk about important stuff like this at Slashdot or HN or reddit without getting downmodded into oblivion. HN and reddit are especially bad. If you don't toe the hipster line, they gang up on you and downvote without mercy. Thank you again, SoylentNews, for being a bastion of free speech in a world where freedom is quickly being crushed.
I hate to break this to you, but we've got the same Sacred Cows here that are at Slashdot, and you'll be modded down if you don't toe the line (Snowden == God; systemd == horrible; NSA == evil; etc.).
I'm not sure why you think anything like nuance has any better place here than at the other places you mentioned.
A couple weeks ago Slashdot featured a story asserting that university students in India claim they have the right to cheat on exams. That led to the predictable flood of comments about how university degrees from India were worthless, the graduates were bozos, often end up as H1Bs, etc.
Then the next day there was a story about the cheating scandal in a CS course at Duke University (USA). Well then! There were lots of modded up posts defending the kids, pointing out that successful engineers in the real world need to use the resources of the entire Internet to get their work done, they collaborate openly with their peers, etc. Maybe it's the Duke administrators who are out of touch with the times here?
OK, guys. That's the Slashdot crowd.
Unironic 'it's about ethics in game journalism', support for the anti-gay former Firefox CEO, and other far-right ravings seem to be part of the groupthink here.