In the nearing Intrepid release, Firefox displays an EULA to the user the first time it is started.
This brought a lenghty discussion on launchpad.
Firefox’s EULA raises a number of concerns:
- the EULA refusal doesn’t prevent the user in any way from using Firefox, therefore EULA’s is just noise added to the user experience.
- the EULA agreement would make firefox a non-free application which should be moved to multiverse.
- refusing the EULA would (legally) leave the user without a browser in the default install.
- EULA approval on first start would make firefox less usable when using the Live CD.
So far the options are the following:
- Keeping firefox as it is, even with the EULA.
- Switch to Epiphany as the default webbrowser.
- Adopt IceWeasel from debian (which is firefox, with logo and brand replaced)
I’ve created three different Brainstorm idea to let people make their voice heard:
EDIT: I’ve been digged ! http://digg.com/linux_unix/firefox_eula_to_clutter_ubuntu_user_s_experience