When Mozilla requested Ubuntu to show Firefox’s End User License Agreement on Firefox first start, the Ubuntu and other free software advocacy communities cried foul, because for some reason, stating the obvious (that Mozilla is not liable for whatever happens to your computer and that the software is free) is not in tune with the open source spirit.
Mozilla agreed to remove the EULA prompt, and Ubuntu 8.10 shipped without it. Now Firefox users get an information bar on first launch:
Which links to a new internal address (about:rights) where users are told about their rights:
Sounds like a summarized EULA to me, but apparently it makes people happy enough. Personally I don’t have a problem with this or the previous agreement.
Anyway, the net outcome is that we all get one less window to click when installing Firefox, as today’s Firefox 3.1 Windows and Mac OS X nightlies installers exclude the EULA prompt and just like on Linux, prompt with an information bar with a link to the new EULA agreement.
The fix will be seen on Firefox 3.0.5 and later as code for the 3.0.4 update was already frozen last week.