Solved Discuss: Firefox Implementing Homepage Ads

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February 14, 2014 at 05:44:09
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Hi all,

This week's poll question is about news that Firefox will start incorporating ads into its default browser home screen. Discuss here if you think Firefox can regain ground it has lost in the browser wars, and, if you like, the poll results themselves.

Thanks!
Justin


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February 14, 2014 at 13:05:24
#3

You can disable all the adds and popups on this site!

My Home > Settings

Near the bottom is a checkbox labeled 'Disable In-Text links and Most Ads on the site.'

Personally, I prefer Chrome for two reasons 1. My school uses basically only google products (such as google docs) 2. It seems to be lighter and faster overall (especially on old computers) although I will admit I haven't tried any of the newer versions of Firefox. I guess it's poor performance on my old PC has kinda ruined it's name for me (similar to what happened with Norton).



#1
February 14, 2014 at 06:51:50
Incorporating ads into a browser is what almost sent Opera to the grave. And with AdBlock Plus being one of the most popular add-ons for Firefox, I hardly think that this would be a wise move by them...

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#2
February 14, 2014 at 06:54:19
Yes, because incorporating ads into your software product has never had a negative impact. Just look at Opera. It still holds a high market share, despite its mandatory ads!

Joking aside, the Mozilla Foundation is funded primarily by the chief competitor to its flagship product. I can see why they'd want to diversify their income. That said, I'm not sure the foundation needs to be nearly as large as it is, and they're slowly turning Firefox into a cheap Chrome knockoff.

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#3
February 14, 2014 at 07:32:19
Ads constantly popping up, obliterating screen info. at times, and so on is a sure way to drive me off a site… I find the pop ups here more than annoying at times; but I persevere as this a good site (one of the best - if not the best..) and I have gained much from it; and hopefully have also contributed to its knowledge base to some degree too…

Firefox was initially a nice and simple not overly cluttered and bulky software item… Have to say I have gone away from it over the last year (problems with some sites and Firefox). Whilst I sometimes use Chrome - it too has problems with some sites and chat rooms (Flash issues with some virus programmes - Sophos being just one…) I have tended to favour IE and/or Safari (the latter when on a Mac (and sometimes Chrome on a Mac). So if there are many with a similar view to mine… I can't see Firefox surviving - and Ads certainly would not be an asset to ensure its survival.

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#4
February 14, 2014 at 08:11:33
Momentum is the reason I'm still holding onto Firefox. If you want to know when that momentum breaks, it'll probably happen around April 2014.

I just need a good mouse gesture plug-in for Chrome. Ideally one that only acknowledges Up/Down/Left/Right. I've tried some 8-way gesture plugins, and my mouse movements are too . . . imprecise. Anyone have any suggestions?

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#5
February 14, 2014 at 09:01:26
Let's wait and see...
Maybe they're deperate for funding these days, so need the ads. Google's contribution to Mozilla/Firefox used to be pretty generous, maybe that's coming to an end, as it seems illogical to support a browser which exists in competition with your own.

As for Opera; What ads? I have the latest version (annoying though it is with that daft speed dial set up instead of Favourites) and see no ads.


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#6
February 14, 2014 at 09:46:44
"As for Opera; What ads? I have the latest version..."

Later versions don't have ads. Opera delved into the dark-side for a while offering a "free" version and a "paid" version. The free-version was ad-supported. It almost killed what little market-share they had. It still likely has hurt their numbers to this day.

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#7
February 14, 2014 at 13:05:24
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#3

You can disable all the adds and popups on this site!

My Home > Settings

Near the bottom is a checkbox labeled 'Disable In-Text links and Most Ads on the site.'

Personally, I prefer Chrome for two reasons 1. My school uses basically only google products (such as google docs) 2. It seems to be lighter and faster overall (especially on old computers) although I will admit I haven't tried any of the newer versions of Firefox. I guess it's poor performance on my old PC has kinda ruined it's name for me (similar to what happened with Norton).


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#8
February 15, 2014 at 07:54:33
"Personally, I prefer Chrome for ... ... It seems to be lighter and faster overall (especially on old computers)"

Not trying to advertise, but you would likely prefer Iron over Chrome. Based on Chromium, it has a good deal of the "junk" removed from Chrome with added security that Chrome doesn't have. I've used both and found Iron to be faster on all machines I've tried it on:

http://www.srware.net/en/software_s...

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#9
February 15, 2014 at 08:30:02
NT56erbx - thank you for that tip...

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#10
February 15, 2014 at 19:05:01
@T-R-A,

Thanks for the tip. I never heard of Iron before. I've dabbled with Chromium but wouldn't touch Chrome with a ten foot stylus!

EDIT: looking at the poll, I don't understand why so many people use Chrome, especially with it's propensity to constantly "phone home". I guess people either enjoy being spied on, don't care, or are clueless to the fact that it's even happening.

See the following: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Cr6...

https://medium.com/surveillance-sta...

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#11
February 16, 2014 at 17:11:05
Yeah, I'll definitely try out Iron...thanks TRA

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Thats what I'm here for :)


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#12
February 20, 2014 at 16:41:26
IE totally killed my Java, so I use chrome most of the time. And throwing ads onto something is a sure-fire way to drive people away.

Quick note: Chrome tends to be a memory hog and is a MONSTER on single-core systems; for some reason it has the need to run 8 separate processes all competing for CPU time.

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#13
February 26, 2014 at 15:30:34
Seems in every walk of life "them out there" are trying to think of new ways to bash adverts at us. Apparently even those in the gas queue are about to be tailored to your face, age and so forth.

Can't say I like it and hope that at least for Firefox someone might find some way around it. Pity about their loss of market share. I guess snoopy Google has won the day and speed, features and so forth and not many folk care about the rest.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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