Shuttleworth on Ubuntu and Firefox
Mark Shuttleworth, founder of the Ubuntu Linux distribution, talks about why Ubuntu is able to ship with Firefox. I’m glad that we are able to work with the Ubuntu team as I think they have the best chance at a real FOSS consumer desktop OS.
My goal in our own discussions with Mozilla has been to establish that it really is possible for a distribution that cares about free software and Mozilla to agree on a framework which gives us both what we need. The Ubuntu team went as far as preparing packages without the Firefox name in case we were unable to reach an agreement – but in the end the fact that we kept the lines of communication wide open meant that we were able to find a middle ground and ship the packages we want while still supporting the Firefox name and Mozilla’s work. Nobody sold out.