Browsing today, I found that firefox subreddit is displaying automod messages recommending against manjaro. On enquiring further, I found that it was because the mod considered the use of custom css in gnome edition of manjaro questionable.
I personally find the changes quite attractive to integrate with gnome. However, my question is that whether manjaro can ship with non-default setup while using mozilla’s name and branding? Mozilla’s guidelines state to use custom branding when shipping the browser with changes that alter user experience from default (Mozilla Trademark Guidelines) . I believe GNU had to rename Icecat for the same reason.
So has manjaro contacted mozilla regarding the changes and sought permission for using their branding? If not, would it not be better to change the name and icon before any issue arises? Its not a major change, and it would give manjaro another unique differentiation to boast off.
I don’t think it is relevant here at all because it is separate software, and linux has no trademark policy with custom kernels.
The package modifies userChrome.css as well as user.js to modify about:config entries from default status. I don’t discourage nor consider it a bad move, however this is against the mozilla trademark policy (which I linked above) as it is present by default and is not directly apparent as to how it would be modified by user. The user has to either remove the above package, or disable some about:config entries after referring to the .js file. I am not a legal expert, but it does seem like skirting the issue by offering default build but modifying it post build with a package that is installed by default.
It is trivial to modify the firefox-gnome-theme-maia package to also rebrand the browser, and I think it would be an overall good move in that it would add differentiation as well as prevent any issues from mozilla fanboys or maybe mozilla in the future.
But the distro is in the end made by manjaro team as per their preferred direction. I will mark it solved since my only intention was to confirm whether attention was given to the above matter.
This is perfectly within Mozilla’s trademark policy.
As @bogdancovaciu stated, the firefox package does ship Mozilla’s default branding. Manjaro ships its custom theme and distribution integration in a distinct package. To name another example i know of, OpenSUSE does the same.
For the note, people have long been focusing on Manjaro’s past “wrongdoings” to make biased new ones. You’ll understand we shouldn’t need to waste time debunking every fantasy coming our way.
I am aware of that. But now that automod message is gonna be displayed each time someone posts on that sub, adding further negative press. Anyways, the css still makes a significant change to UX and I am surprised if it conforms to mozilla’s guidelines
How the browser look under Gnome is governed by the Gnome layout engine.
Very few have any say in how Gnome visions the GTK toolkit.
The part of the distribution policy you may be referring to - quote
You may not add to, remove, or change any part of the software, including the Mozilla trademarks themselves. For example, you may not add any extensions to Firefox, change default settings, or alter search codes.
You may not modify the installation process of the software or use it to install any other themes, plugins, extensions, or software.
To tell you the truth, before reading the justifications here, I was of the opinion that there was no violation of policy. Now I am not so sure. Anyways, my only concern was the negative press that manjaro was recieving. I doubt that sub will change its stance though, so I will just drop the matter. This distro has survived worse criticisms and negative press