Mozilla has put itself in a difficult situation by being totally dependent on money from Google. Google is the default search engine for millions of Firefox users worldwide thanks to a three-year agreement extended in November 2011.
This agreement expires this month and Mozilla and Google is currently in the middle of negotiations to renew this agreement. A successful outcome is nothing less than critical to Mozilla’s survival.
“These discussions are subject to traditional confidentiality requirements, and we’re not at liberty to disclose them at this time,” a Mozilla spokesperson says.
Mozilla gets a percentage of the search dollars generated for Google by Firefox traffic. Google has its own popular browser, Google Chrome, and may at any time say no to have their search results as the first thing users see when they open Firefox.
About 90 percent of Mozilla’s total revenue now comes from Google according to figures from 2012. In 2011 the figure was 85 percent. There is no reason to believe that this number will be lower this year.
In other words, Firefox is completely dependent on Google to survive.
(via The Register)