ExtremeTech reports that Mozilla plans to include ads in its Firefox browser.
There are currently nine tiles displayed in new browser tabs that are only filled in by frequently visited web pages. If you’re a new Firefox user, you’ll be faced with little more than a pile of blank tiles – useless. To provide a better user experience, Mozilla announced the new Directory Tiles program. It automatically fills these tiles with content from across the web and dynamically changes the content based on how you browse.
However, some of these tiles are in fact sponsored, which makes some people very uncomfortable.
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This story was circulated on the internet and has generated a lot of negative feedback from readers in comments. I think there’s a lot of ado about nothing most of the time, and I doubt it will have a big impact on Firefox usage numbers.
The people who hate ads will simply use Adblock Plus or some other browser extension to block or remove these ads. And the people who don’t mind ads will just see them in Firefox when they open the browser.
I can understand Mozilla’s position here. You need revenue and this seems like a great way to get it. Otherwise, they’re mostly dependent on Google, and that’s not a good thing for a project like Firefox in the long run.
I think this storm in a teapot will subside soon enough once users get used to the idea of advertising in Firefox. Some people may even be happy that their favorite browser is starting to diversify its revenue stream so it can exist without Google’s excess.
Linux owns the cloud
LinuxInsider looks at the dominance of Linux in the cloud.
Linux on the desktop may have missed its deadline, but Linux on the cloud is a win-win solution for the post-PC movement.
Three factors are driving Linux in the cloud: No license problems per unit or per core; simply hardening Linux to create very secure systems; The fact that Linux is a platform of choice for virtual appliances, he told LinuxInsider. “With Linux, you can scale your public cloud in the cloud according to your needs.”