This is highly speculative, but considering that some people are moving from Firefox to Chrome, it may be worth thinking about.
Over the years, Mozilla’s reliance on Google has continued to grow. Indeed, in its report on Brendan Eich’s promotion to CEO of Mozilla, the WSJ noted that “Google accounted for nearly 90% of Mozilla’s $311 million in revenue.”
So, with its Sugar Daddy having also gone on record as being virulently opposed to Proposition 8, to think that that Google’s support didn’t enter into discussions of whether Prop 8 backer Eich should stay or go seems, well, pretty much unthinkable.
“It is the chilling and discriminatory effect of the proposition on many of our employees that brings Google to publicly oppose Proposition 8,” explained Google co-founder Sergey Brin in 2008…
So, was keeping Eich aboard viewed by Mozilla — perhaps even by Eich himself — as a possible threat to the reported $1 billion minimum revenue guarantee the organization enjoys for delivering search queries for Google?”
Google is not a charity and considering its aggressive promotion of Chrome, it had reasons for wanting Firefox gone.
So that $1 billion wasn’t a gift. Google was aggressively locking in its search monopoly. But that’s not to say that some people at Mozilla might not have been nervous, particularly considering Firefox’s market share decline.
And Google has been known to play hardball and P8 opponents have been known to behave aggressively and irrationally.