Posted by: Anonymous
on December 20, 2008 04:30 PM
"I can even rationalize Mozilla's policy as catering to as wide a variety of personal preferences as possible, just as the Debian distribution does by including both free and non-free software."
Debian's goal is to create a free universal operating system. Mozilla's goal is to promote the Firefox logo. That was the heart of the conflict between Mozilla and Debian; today Firefox is not to be found in any of the Debian repositories. Firefox also almost didn't make it in Fedora's and Ubuntu's latest releases.
Firefox may be open source but it is not free. If you want a free browser, use one released under the GPL. You will then be guaranteed that any extensions you will install will be GPL too. And of course, since you are not using a free browser, you have no right to complain.