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Dell charging 16.25 UK pounds to install free web browser 'Firefox'

Mozilla stunned after hearing a fee charge for installing Firefox and currently seeking legal advice

By Roshan Ashraf Shaikh from Mar 6, 2014 @ 6:10 CST

Before confirming the order, a buyer found out that Dell was charging an amount to install a free and open source web browser 'Firefox'. It was found that the PC builder has an option to install Mozilla Firefox on behalf of the buyer for a new PC if the buyer agrees to pay £16.25. Dell even put this as an option to select in its 'additional software' pre-purchase custom options selection list.

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The Mozilla Foundation has started investigating once they've received this report. The company behind Firefox said that they are consulting with legal teams, though the process is in a very early stage.

As of now, Dell did not make any comment.

Firefox is a browser where you don't really need to have a good deal of computer know-how to install the software. Dell however is charging this amount just to install a free software. Should system builders and PC makers charge an amount to install a software that's free and open source?

NEWS SOURCES:Theregister.co.uk


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