Freedom issue #2409
[iceweasel] Can recommend non-free extensions and themes on about:addons page
Firefox 68 introduced extension recommendations in about:addons page .
Description of the recommendation program  doesn't say they require the extension to have libre license in order to get recommended.
In the list of recommended extensions  I found a few which don't look like free ones:
, , . Here's a quote from  that restricts freedom to distribute modified versions:
Derived works using source code that serve the same general purpose as the original software may not be distributed using any official Mozilla services such as addons.mozilla.org or through any other official service for any web browser without prior permission. Works using portions of source code for other purposes may be distributed without this restriction.
a similar program for themes . Here's an example of recommended theme that has Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 license . If I understand correctly, that license cannot be considered to be free.
That's why it looks like Iceweasel needs to be patched in order to disable or remove the offending functionality.
Updated by CommodoreCrunch 12 days ago
facepalm I totally didn't notice the separate "recommendations" menu. I only saw the section below my installed extensions.
I tried setting "extensions.htmlaboutaddons.discover.enabled" to false, and clicking "recommendations" now falls back to loading the GNU IceCat wiki page instead. So that seems to do the trick.
Updated by grizzlyuser 11 days ago
I'd like to notice that I have not reported this issue to Mozilla yet (didn't have much time for that). IMO it is necessary to try to resolve all freedom issues upstream first. Not sure though if Mozilla is going to resolve this, for example by excluding non-free things from recommendations. If by any chance anybody has an idea what's the best way to communicate about this particular issue to Mozilla, please let me know, or feel free to report it yourself.
Updated by grizzlyuser 3 days ago
- File Re_ [AMO Featured] Nonfree extensions and themes are recommended on AMO 2019-08-14T21_52_02 03_00.eml Re_ [AMO Featured] Nonfree extensions and themes are recommended on AMO 2019-08-14T21_52_02 03_00.eml added
I've asked addons.mozilla.org staff about this issue, please find the entire conversation attached. So it looks like that won't be resolved by Mozilla.