Socially Responsible Browsing

Camino, the closely-integrated MacOS X browser, as a new website. One quote stood out:

[T]he Gecko rendering engine brings cutting-edge innovations and capabilities to users in a standards-friendly and socially responsible form.

Plagiarising shamelessly, wouldn’t that be a great slogan for Firefox? “Firefox. Socially responsible browsing.” It means your browsing experience will be (mostly) unsullied by popups and other annoyances. It means that sites web designers build to the standards will render accurately without too much need for hacks, workarounds, and the tearing-out of hair. It means your machine won’t get rooted and be used to DDOS or spam some innocent third party.

Socially responsible indeed.

2 thoughts on “Socially Responsible Browsing

  1. I’ll take credit for that line :) I think making people aware of the social implications of Mozilla applications and to some extent Free Software in general is something we need to do a better job of. It is hard to do at length because any discussion of the issues nearly always devolves into some sort of ridiculous flamewar…

  2. I’m reminded of a section of the most insightful and respectful essay I’ve read on the difference between the open source and free software movements:

    “At present, we have plenty of “keep quiet”, but not enough freedom talk. Most people involved with free software say little about freedom–usually because they seek to be “more acceptable to business.” Software distributors especially show this pattern. Some GNU/Linux operating system distributions add proprietary packages to the basic free system, and they invite users to consider this an advantage, rather than a step backwards from freedom.”