@Pants: Thanks for the information on ghacks-user.js : I used to be conscious of it however… diving into about:config in earnest, seeing associated preferences, studying about APIs and their distinguished position in the way forward for looking purposes, the totally different manner preferences themselves are being abused… all an integral a part of the place we’re in the present day and the place we’re headed.
It was (and is) a terrific studying expertise and going by the about:config was a great way of seeing this from one other, extra technical, perspective. I’m glad that Mozilla has made it an integral a part of their browser.
On your level re: zero.four% (zero.004?) of customers – I couldn’t fairly observe because it appears you had been far and wide… It seems you’re advocating for a form of nice ignorance the place those that create the tech we use shouldn’t be held accountable and even questioned (be aware: there’s zero accountability in tech. Zero.).
You seem offended that anybody would dare dig underneath the hood because it pertains to Firefox regardless of the very fact it’s a core operate of the browser itself, even if the supply code is Open. Digging into Firefox, at all ranges, is what helps differentiate it from opponents. Honestly don’t perceive your considering on this because it’s opposite to the values of Mozilla.
If it’s primarily a misguided protection of Mozilla (Mozilla curing most cancers and other people complaining about it), it’s additionally a protection of non-transparency, locked-down gadgets which are resulting in deliberate obsolescence, closed-source, authority bias, pro-elitism, and so on. You can’t have it each methods. Either we query (dig into) these whose instruments we’ve come to rely on (these in energy) or we don’t – no exceptions for anybody.
Everyone needs to be held to the identical (“dont.., be evil”) requirements.
Having mentioned this, I like the truth that Mozilla nonetheless responds (typically) to their core (open supply, technically-savvy, ethically-motivated) person base. It’s the clear world, the moral world they themselves advocate for. It helps hold them “trustworthy” and this needs to be a terrific factor.
Contrary to your unfavourable response about digging into and understanding about:config, my response was the other. As I used to be going by the preferences, I gained a deeper respect for the work Mozilla is doing.
I deeply appreciated the truth that they’ve given a large portion of their userbase the instruments to fight some (tbh, hypocritical) enterprise selections they’re pressured to make (many people do perceive these selections however they need to nonetheless be addressed).
My tweaks had been minor however necessary to me (listed below are some): Service Workers, about:research, Pocket Integration, Tracking Protection, Prefetching hyperlinks, Pushing Notifications, Geo Location, Geo Wifi Location Services (linking on to google APIs), WebRTC (re: VPN), Beacons, Pings, Clipboard Access, ContextMenu Lockdown, External Source Editor, and even entry to the battery.
Mozilla gave me, a single person, the ability to make core adjustments to their software. They actually allowed me to “soft-hack” and trusted me sufficient to make these selections myself.
I like about:config (additionally about:help, about:efficiency). I thank Mozilla of their efforts to proceed to empower their userbase when so many others are doing the other.
I query anybody that may even trace at passing our tasks as adults to know what’s greatest for us to a third-party (doing what’s greatest for them). I’ll even query Mozilla *if* these instruments of empowerment are someway, slowly, eroded away.