Posted Nov 9, 2011 11:00 UTC (Wed) by Cato (subscriber, #7643)
Parent article: Firefox 8 released
I was thinking how lucky we all are to have a great open source browser like Firefox that's not dependent on a mega corporation, and has the funding to cover full-time developers, huge download traffic, etc.
Since there was a discussion about Linux Mint using a Mozilla-like search and ads funding model, and this model seems to work well for both projects - maybe more open source projects should adopt this model? I don't mind unblocking ads for Mint since it is doing good work on a usable distro, and search based revenue is even less hassle. It does open up a small risk of malvertising but that's not such an issue for Linux users.
One of the key things I hate, which Mint has so far avoided, is banner ads that move, blink, etc - I can live with even banner ads if they are static and reasonably relevant, but motion in the corner of my eye is far too distracting. Unfortunately, that's why I still have to disable LWN ads.
Unlike many of the other revenue models (open core, dual licensing, selling support contracts), the ad model is easily adopted by almost any project that gets some web traffic, and the search model is applicable to Linux distros as well as browsers.
Maybe an LWN article on the pros and cons of this revenue model would be worth while?