“I trust Mozilla more than Google, the problem is Mozilla trusts Google more than you.”
Google is their primary search engine, in all their screenshots they advertise Google Search and Google Play rather than self hosting their own F-Droid repo. Google is their primary and only ‘real’ source of income and ironically their competitor. Social media? No PeerTube or Mastodon accounts to follow. It’s again Twitter and YouTube.
Firefox by default, is more invasive of privacy than Brave or Chromium
Telemetry on first launch
Pinging so many sites, out of the box
If you tweak Firefox and Chromium to the max, the only reason you’d use Firefox is that it’s not controlled by Google, or is it?
Google funds Mozilla’s life support but somehow their codebase seems to favour your freedom, using open standards. That’s as of right now. I predict Firefox will eventually be filled with DRM stuff ported from Chrome (Widevine CDM). (Librewolf vs UngoogledChromium) are on par on the privacy side, and Chromium has waay way better security (site isolation and otherwise).
Choosing Firefox comes at a cost - which benefits Google regardless of Firefox’s popularity.
Chromium is eating the browser marketshare, there are legit reasons like being much faster, more secure and building better cross device support. Firefox has many security issues (sandboxing / site isolation). They implement web technologies very late (PWAs). Mozilla turns telemetry and other bloatware, on by default. Things like Brave are upfront and less invasive in terms of network requests / telemetry. Do note: Brave has other intentions like shilling their BAT crypto in mind.
The average user doesn’t have the time to disable all their telemetry and harden Firefox with every new update.
When people ask what daily browser should I use? I suggest LibreWolf - a sanitized version of Firefox, for secureity oriented users I suggest Ungoogled Chromium & Brave. There are no legit alternatives that aim at Chromium’s speed and security. Smaller browsers focus on one sided platforms and a specific use case. For the forseable future we have to live with Chromium/Gecko duopoly, both funded by Google. If top notch syncing features and upstream security updates are your concern use hardened Brave is the best.
What’s Mozilla been doing?
Here’s what Mozilla should do
- Stop draining funds in unproductive campain programs and poltics.
- Just get out of politics, you’re a browser company, stick to that or you’ll lose more and more users.
- Ask help and ideas from users before the 3 year search contract with Google is over. 🤑
- Release Firefox Fission ASAP, on all platforms including Android
- Change your release schedule, for the STABLE release switch to the ESR model with timely security patches.
- Increase funding for the security team & finish Site Isolation, keep all the new features for the Beta and Nightly editions.
- Start an F-Droid repo and focus on a de-googled, bigtech free experience.
- Remove all anti-features, telemetry, etc, in the STABLE releases of Firefox, keep it in the Nightly builds and ofcourse OPT-IN
- Ask users for donations and effectively show us why you’ll beat Chromium/Google in performance than shake their hands.
- Get away from Google, and eventually add uBlock Origin as a prebuilt addon with other community focused privacy plugins.