Firefox 38 arrives with contentious closed-source DRM integrated by default
One year ago Mozilla crushed the hearts of open source fans everywhere by announcing future versions of Firefox would come with the ability to play copy-protected content via HTML5, which requires the use of integrated digital rights management (DRM) technology. On Tuesday, Mozilla finally pulled the trigger.
For users who just want to use Firefox, this means that soon you won’t need Microsoft’s Silverlight plugin to watch Netflix. Instead, Firefox 38 will use Adobe’s Content Decryption Module (CDM). Firefox 38 automatically downloads the CDM in the background shortly after you upgrade or do a fresh install of the browser.