Well, this post from Mitchell Baker was good to see as a follow on to yesterday’s post from Spot, especially considering it’s what we would have preferred all along. The MPL is a perfectly useful and trustworthy license for binaries and source code, and we’re glad Mozilla is putting more faith in it. I do look forward to seeing the “materials” Mitchell refers to, nevertheless…. Mostly, I’m glad that Fedora was involved early in this process, making the point that the EULA Mozilla now is removing wasn’t the answer.
You’ll find this…fascinating.
Sounds to me like Canonical fired off a click-thorough EULA enabled build into its development tree specifically for the public backlash as a way to pressure Mozilla in ongoing conversations.
I’m not sure how I feel about the idea of Canonical basically using the Ubuntu community like a loaded gun and pointing it at Mozilla’s head in order to pressure ongoing, private, communications for Canonical’s benefit.
I mean on one hand, its great to think the community has that sort of power. On the other hand, its not so cool to think the community can be easily manipulated by a corporate entity, when the underlying issue isn’t out in the open because its part of private discussions.
I wonder if we’ll ever know why the temporary solution that Mozilla granted Fedora was not acceptable to Canonical.