Why ads in Firefox are no big deal

Today in Open Source: It's fine for Mozilla to include ads in Firefox. Plus: Linux dominates the cloud, and fake Debian developers try for free games

Ads in Firefox

ExtremeTech is reporting that Mozilla plans to include ads in its Firefox browser.

As it stands, new browser tabs display nine tiles populated solely by frequently visited webpages. If you’re a new Firefox user, you’re presented with little more than a pile of blank tiles — useless. To offer a better user experience, Mozilla announced the new Directory Tiles program. It automatically populates these tiles with content from across the web, and dynamically changes the content based on how you browse.

However, some of these tiles will indeed be sponsored, and that’s making some people very uncomfortable.

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This story has been all over the web and has generated a lot of negative feedback from readers in comments. I think it's mostly much ado about nothing though, and I doubt it will have much effect on Firefox's usage numbers.

The folks who hate advertising will simply use Adblock Plus or some other browser extension to block or remove these ads. And the folks who don't mind advertising will simply see them in Firefox when opening the browser.

I can understand Mozilla's position here. They need revenue, and this seems like a good way to get it. Otherwise they are dependent mostly on Google, and that is not a good thing over the long haul for a project like Firefox.

I think this tempest in a teapot will die down soon enough once users get used to the idea of advertising in Firefox. Some folks might even be happy that their favorite browser is beginning to diversify its revenue stream so it can exist without Google's largesse.

Linux owns the cloud

LinuxInsider takes a look at the dominance of Linux in the cloud.

Linux on the desktop may have missed its adoption time line, but Linux in the cloud is a win-win proposition for the post-PC movement.

Three factors are pushing Linux to prominence in the cloud: no licensing issues on a per unit or per core basis; easy hardening of Linux to make very secure systems; the fact that Linux is a platform of choice for virtual appliances, he told LinuxInsider. "Linux allows you to cloud-scale your public cloud just the way you want."

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Linux Dominates Cloud Computing
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