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posted by LaminatorX on Saturday March 08 2014, @11:10PM   Printer-friendly
from the Dude,-you're-getting-a-bill! dept.

lhsi writes:

"Mozilla are investigating reports that Dell is charging customers £16 to install the Firefox browser, according to The Register.

Mozilla's trademark policy says that you can't charge for distributing unaltered binaries of the software.

According to the BBC, Dell said that the money was being charged for the time and labour involved.

"In this particular situation, the customer would not be charged for the Mozilla Firefox software download, rather the fee would cover the time and labour involved for factory personnel to load a different image than is provided on the system's standard configuration."

A preliminary consultation with legal teams has stated at Mozilla, but is at an early stage."

 
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  • (Score: 5, Informative) by randmcnatt on Saturday March 08 2014, @11:46PM

    by randmcnatt (671) on Saturday March 08 2014, @11:46PM (#13358)
    What ever happened to Browser Choice [browserchoice.eu]

    UK is supposedly able to add Firefox for no charge [microsoft.com]. Or is this something that Dell just does as a "convenience" for it's customers?

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  • (Score: 2) by ls671 on Sunday March 09 2014, @12:06AM

    by ls671 (891) Subscriber Badge on Sunday March 09 2014, @12:06AM (#13367) Homepage

    "What ever happened to Browser Choice"

    Funny, I just tried that link and it wants me to download "Firefox Setup 27.0.1.exe" although I am on Linux.

    Anyway, not a good idea to download executables from a third party site with regards to the executable integrity. "Browser Choice" should just point to the official mozilla download page or provide a signature file signed by mozilla or at least a link to an official mozilla md5 sum.

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  • (Score: 2) by Appalbarry on Sunday March 09 2014, @01:42AM

    by Appalbarry (66) on Sunday March 09 2014, @01:42AM (#13396) Journal

    Anyone know anything about the Maxthon browser that's offered? new to me, and not Linux compatible...