28 March, 2008
the pot is good at calling kettle black
During the week, there's an interesting discussion in SillyDog701 Message Centre - Mozilla CEO: Apple's Safari Auto-update unethical. The issue started with Apple putting Safari in Apple Software Update dialogue, even those who do not have Safari installed. (Many Windows users have Apple Software Update installed due to the popularity of iTunes and iPod.)
Then, Mozilla CEO John Lilly even dared to make a fuss about it. What wrong with him making a fuss on Apple's Software Update? His own (as in his company's) Firefox deployed a dirty tactic on forcing users to update the software at Firefox's wishes. To put it clear, Firefox's default setting would force users to install the update (automatically install the update) upon next re-launch of Firefox. Under default setting, users are forced to accept the update, and will be installed with no way to escape.
Before I continue, I must point out that I do not against applying the update or patches, however, it is extremely unethical to force users to install the updates. Firefox even dared to push users for the latest updates.
As you can expect, open-source extremists would defend Firefox's unethical dirty tactic. Something like it is important to get the latest patches installed. They are fine for being pushed by Firefox. I bet you that they don't show the same attitude towards Microsoft.
As we know, many open-source extremists loathe Apple, they simply hate everything Apple.
One open-source extremist even responded back to my message saying
What's dirtier a tactic: automatically updating something you have, or labeling something you don't have to begin with as an "update" and automatically installing that?
The problem is that he forgot to check the fact. Apple Software Update does not automatically install anything. It is not Firefox, forcing users to install updates under default setting with no way to escape. As the screenshot shown that Apple Software Update merely informs users that Safari, the fastest browser is available for installing.
And the discussion keeps going, the open-source extremist claims that Safari is preselected in Apple Software Update. What that open-source extremist was trying to avoid is to mention the way to opt-out. In Apple Software Update, you can opt-out easily as well as ignore Safari update for the future. But in Firefox case, once the following message window shows up, users are left with no option but to install the update at next re-launch of the software. That is "forcing" users to do things at Firefox's wishes.
Firefox die hard support would point out that the software update setting can be disabled in preference. However, to disable that, users would need to fiddle through all the settings under Preference.
Not everybody is capable and confident on making changes in Preference settings, and Firefox is using such advantage to force users rushing for the latest whatsoever Firefox deems fit. Shame on you Firefox!
And the Mozilla CEO even have the nerve to make a fuss on Apple's message. The pot is certainly good at calling kettle black. Shame on you Firefox! Also shame on you Mozilla CEO John Lilly!
Thanks to Billy Miller for starting the thread.
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