Using Firefox because it has a particular technological feature is a political choice. That political stance would lead users to turn to other browsers as fast as tech is added or removed.
I use Firefox for political reasons and for what it stands.
Which means that when Firefox gets worse I still use it and support what it stands for.
It's very Stallmanesque and let it be clear I am not saying the choice to favour superior tech over ethic concerns is wrong. It's just a different choice.
That's what I tell people when talking about Signal and messenger, Chrome and Firefox.
Also, I don't think Mozilla is a white knight and in my opinion they fucked up some good things over the years (tech or ethic). But the good still largely surpasses the bad.
This way, you can switch your acquaintances to use Firefox, and they'll stay with it by inertia. I'd say that's a win-win.
I don't think I am making myself clear. Everyone has a cultural and political profile that dictates some choices and it doesn't matter if they acknowledge it or not.
> But to be most effective, you have to recognize that most other users won't care about it that strongly, so you have to use arguments that matter to them in a practical way.
Oh, but the privacy and anti-ad argument is a strong political argument that will outlive the tech of the day.
> and they'll stay with it by inertia.
And if Mozilla pulls a google and becomes evil, that inertia is now a problem you have to overcome on other grounds than the tech.
It's an easy and short term win-win until the next HN article "ff slower than chrome in test XYZ, jump ships everyone !".
Right, but that doesn't matter an inch if you can't use it to convince people to switch to a FLOSS browser.
> It's an easy and short term win-win until the next HN article "ff slower than chrome in test XYZ, jump ships everyone !".
And then it's time to make political arguments, when they're already using Firefox, are accustomed to it and have all its configurations and workflows in this tool. This way you use the powerful force of inertia in your favor, instead of fighting it.