[Fsf-friends] Firefox 3 branding in Ubuntu 8.10

shirish shirishag75 at gmail.com
Wed Sep 24 11:40:07 IST 2008

Hi all,
 An interesting development I would say. I don't know whether its just the
Ubuntu community who's responsible for this or are other distributions also
taking note of that. There has been a new package included which is called
firefox-3.0-branding.  I've been running Ubuntu 8.10 for few months now
(right from after the tool-chain got put up on the server)

A very interesting conversation on the bug-report first .


Then few mockups on the same


Then finally the firefox-3.0-branding package


What this does is basically the first time you fire up the browser after you
have installed the branding package
it gives a short link (like one for addons or updates just below the tab

with saying "Know your rights"

Linking on that takes you to about:rights which gives you the following
info. :-

About: Your Rights

Mozilla Firefox is free and open source software, built by a community of
thousands from
all over the world. There are a few things you should know:

    *     Firefox is made available to you under the terms of the
          Mozilla Public License. This means you may use, copy and
distribute Firefox to
          others. You are also welcome to modify the source code of Firefox
          you want to meet your needs. The Mozilla Public License also gives
          the right to distribute your modified versions.

    *    Mozilla does not grant you any rights to the Mozilla and Firefox
         or logos. Additional information on Trademarks may be found  here.

    *    Mozilla's privacy policy for Firefox may be found here.

    *     Firefox also uses web site information services, such as the
          service; however, we cannot guarantee they are 100% accurate or
          More details, including information on how to disable the
services, can be
          found in the service terms.

          Mozilla Firefox Web Site Services (this one is usually hidden)

          Mozilla Firefox uses web site information services ("Services"),
such as the
          SafeBrowsing service, that are available for your use with this
binary version
          of Firefox as described below. If you do not want to use the
Services or the
          terms below are unacceptable, you may disable the SafeBrowsing
service by clicking
          Edit -> Preferences -> Security and uncheck the options for "Tell
me if the site
          I'm visiting is a suspected attack site" and "Tell me if the site
I'm visiting is
          a suspected forgery."

         1.     Mozilla and its contributors, licensors and partners work to
provide the most
                 accurate and up-to-date phishing and malware information.
However, they cannot
                 guarantee that this information is comprehensive and
error-free: some risky sites
                  may not be identified and some safe sites may be
identified in error

         2.       Mozilla may discontinue or change the Services at its

         3.     You are welcome to use these Services with the accompanying
version of
                 Firefox, and you have all the rights necessary to do so.
Mozilla and
                 its licensors reserve all other rights in the Services.
These terms are
                 not intended to limit any rights granted under open source
licenses applicable
                 to Firefox and to corresponding source code versions of

         4.     The Services are provided "as-is."  Mozilla, its
contributors, licensors, and
                 distributors, disclaim all warranties, whether express or
implied, including without
                 limitation, warranties that the Services are merchantable
and fit for your particular
                 purposes.  You bear the entire risk as to selecting the
Services for your purposes
                 and as to the quality and performance of the Services. Some
jurisdictions do not allow
                 the exclusion or limitation of implied warranties, so this
disclaimer may not apply to

         5.    Except as required by law, Mozilla, its contributors,
licensors, and distributors will
                 not be liable for any indirect, special, incidental,
consequential, punitive, or
                 exemplary damages arising out of or in any way relating to
the use of Firefox and the
                 Services. The collective liability under these terms will
not exceed $500 (five hundred
                 dollars). Some jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion or
limitation of certain damages,
                 so this exclusion and limitation may not apply to you.

         6.     Mozilla may update these terms as necessary from time to
time. These terms may not
                 be modified or cancelled without Mozilla's written

         7.    These terms are governed by the laws of the state of
California, U.S.A., excluding
                 its conflict of law provisions. If any portion of these
terms is held to be invalid
                 or unenforceable, the remaining portions will remain in
full force and effect. In
                 the event of a conflict between a translated version of
these terms and the English
                 language version, the English language version shall

         While I'm no great lover or hater of FF I think this is a nice way
of doing stuff without being obnoxious and obtrusive.  One more thing the
4th and 5th point were in BOLD .

        It would be interesting to have some discussion on what people think
of the same.
         Shirish Agarwal
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