Posted by: Anonymous Coward
on October 12, 2006 07:10 AM
Mozilla says the crux of the issue is a desire to ensure a quality product and a good user experience across all distribution and vendor lines.
It's kinda funny that both Mozilla and Debian are worried about the user experience.
Mozilla suspects that unauthorized code modifications that Debian developers apply may introduce bugs in the way that Firefox works and this may hit Mozilla's reputation as a quality product.
Debian devs, on the other hand, know from experience that unmodified Firefox breaks other applications. They want to modify Firefox so that it will work well with those other applications. Also, if security patches need to be approved first by the Mozilla people, this would mean that it takes longer time to fix Firefox's security problems in Debian and users would have to use Firefox that might make their whole system insecure.
I can sympathize with Mozilla's position but I think I'll eventually side with Debian -- it'll give me a better user experience if Firefox security problems are fixed as fast as possible and if Firefox doesn't break other applications that I use.