I was aware that Google provided something like 70% of the funding to the Mozilla foundation which builds Firefox.

The more I think about it, the more it seems plausible that “Australis” is an instance of deliberate sabotage to drive users to Chrome, at the behest of Google.

What other explanation for such an interface apocalypse could there be? It’s like a poor copy of Chrome, which of course means that users will then just use Chrome.