[conspire] The old stealth licence change trick

Rick Moen rick at linuxmafia.com
Thu Sep 30 20:14:58 PDT 2010

I wrote:

> Fortunately, TACO didn't do anything essential.  If it did, someone
> could have just adopted and forked the last APL 2.0 release, but in this
> case it doesn't really matter.

Be that as it may, someone _has_ forked from the last open source (and
also non-bloated) version of TACO:


   Beef Taco  by jmhobbs
   A Firefox add-on to opt-out of ad networks.

  Targeted Advertising Cookie Opt-Out (TACO) is a Firefox plugin that
  jumped the shark. In 3.0 they introduced new features, and a bunch of
  fancy gui stuff to match it. This removed the simple, painless beauty
  that was TACO 2.0.

  To quote a review:

    Unbelievable how this very good Add-on (TACO 2.0) could fall so
    deep. The new version (3.0.x) is a nightmare. It's bloated (up to 3MB),
    slow and has a terrible Preference-dialog (more like a christmas tree).

    You are well-advised to avoid the new version and go back to 2.0.
    "Nightly Tester Tools" or/ and "MR Tech Toolkit" will help you to make
    it compatible. Or do it manual.

    I'm desperately disappointed.

  Beef Taco is a fork of TACO 2.0, before the new features and UI, and
  kept up to date with the most recent Firefox versions. This is not a
  replacement for all the goodies that are in TACO 3.0+, and there are
  some useful tools, it's just a path back to a simpler time. 

He doesn't even mention that it's open source (APL 2.0) whereas TACO 3.0
and above has gone proprietary, but that is also true.

An LWN poster pointed out the GNU Project's list of Firefox add-ons, 
http://www.gnu.org/software/gnuzilla/addons.html , which in turn lead me
to Beef Taco.

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