@ben has an interesting idea: native support for the #Fediverse in #Firefox.He's glossing over a few of the details -- like what's actually "in" the browser vs backend infrastructure that Mozilla would have to run -- but his use cases are good ones. Maybe the best way to think of it would be "merge a dedicated Mastodon client" into Firefox. Server still required. I am all for it. Except: can Mozilla pull something off that's not the browser? Track record is spotty. https://benlog.com/2022/12/28/firefox-should-become-the-best-freaking-fediverse-app/
Privacy, anonymity, security, centralisation of the Fediverse, the proliferation of the Mastodon API and quirks in place of ActivityPub, inspiring proprietary browsers to do the same in order to embrace-extend-extinguish, the inevitable commercialisation of the theoretical Mozilla Fediverse instance, inevitable breaking changes when Firefox introduces their own "helpful" features...
Firefox is a bloated, controlled-opposition browser. And it needs to remain at the very least a browser. Considering some kind of fedi integration is rediculous.
Terrible idea and article (no offense).
We can still greatly benefit from more server software. There's way too much Mastodon. Reinforcing interoperability with multiple implementations is good.
From personal experience, I've had people look at the two servers and said "Mastodon looks more official and put together". Pleroma has that kind of Y2K web design. So most people are drawn to Mastodon, even if they're equally capable.
Of course, Pleroma ships with the Mastodon frontend, but many don't know that, and a novice won't understand that.
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