Welcome to the UXP Mypal page
UXP Mypal was a Free and Open Source web browser that supported Windows XP. The source code was censored. The story is ironic.
This page provides the censored source code for anybody who'd like something as dangerous as a forbidden Windows XP web browser.
The UXP Mypal story:
A U.S. developer named Matt Tobin, location Kokomo-Greentown, Indiana, asserted that Mypal was an “illegal” fork of his own work on PaleMoon (tm), itself a fork of Classic Firefox.
Matt Tobin, also known as Captain Tobin and New Tobin Paradigm, is 36 years old as of 2021. He's worked continuously on PaleMoon (tm) for years. His efforts have helped to make that project and the UXP platform which underlies it successes from a technical perspective.
This site considers UXP and PaleMoon (tm) to be among the most important FOSS steps and achievements of the late 2000s. Markus Straver and Matt Tobin stood up to Mozilla and said “No” to Firefox Quantum and the death of XUL.
No other major FOSS project had the cojones needed to do this. Not in a manner that would stick. It was remarkable to see the majors just roll over like puppy dogs. But UXP came out of nowhere and stayed the course.
However, there's a flip side. Matt has been able to focus on FOSS as much as he has because he's been on disability for mental illness. His father has supported him as well due to his inability to work at a regular job.
Disclaimer: We don't know if these points are still correct. Additionally, the statement that it's mental illness as opposed to autism comes from Matt Tobin himself and may not be reliable.
We can state without uncertainty that Matt once told this writer he was a “razor's edge from suicide”. This isn't somebody that you'd want as a babysitter.
Matt is known to the OpenBSD community and others for his colorful style.
If he's feeling stressed, Tobin threatens to kill people. He stated to this writer that he was going to “hunt you down and kill you and then kill you again”.
Matt added that he'd kill the object of his rage some more after that. So much kill. :P
In the case of Mypal, Matt complained that Mypal had violated the Mozilla Public License in two respects.
The violations were innocent mistakes. One was purely technical. However, Tobin declined to accept corrections of the violations. Instead, he said that he had the right to revoke Mypal's use of the PaleMoon (tm) source code forever.
The ironic part is that Matt Tobin himself is one of the most serious violators of the Mozilla Public License on the planet.
Not just some random FOSS license. Matt Tobin is a conscious serial violator of the exact same license that he went after a relatively innocent developer, Feodor2, for.
Tobin releases binaries of Interlink, a fork of the FOSS email program Thunderbird, but he doesn't release the source code for Interlink.
That's the definition of ironic. And of a juicy lawsuit if the procedures can be figured out.
Matt Tobin's response to the Interlink license issue is to claim that he does release the source code for Interlink in the form of password-protected archives which he provides upon request.
The legal problem for Tobin is that, he's stated publicly, he only sends the archives to people that he trusts.
Um. Sure, that isn't as illegal as Hell. :-)
Advice related to filing MPL actions is welcome. If somebody would like to do this themselves, AlbusLuna will consider contributing to funds for attorneys.
Send requests for sue-Matt Tobin funds to the following email address: me at albusluna.com. However, don't bother writing unless you've got an actual attorney lined up that I'll be able to research and phone.
If you're in communication with Mozilla and/or Mozilla attorneys, let me know about that so that there is no redundant effort or expense.
This site has some sympathy for Matt Tobin despite his sometimes murderous behavior and the foolish and self-absorbed approach to business that is likely to cost him everything. But he does need to reflect.
Tobin is a spoiled man-child. Emphasize “child”.
He fell in love with a male youth — now a British rock star — because they both loved Sonic. The remark about suicide was made because he feared that the rock star would leave him.
The duo told this writer that they liked to hack servers and to destroy lives. They did seem to be a match.
For what it's worth, the drawing that may have attracted Matt appears to the right. It's the British rock star's portrayal of himself at age 13. The drawing is titled “Sonic Kid”.
Matt doesn't necessarily need to grow up. But if he's going to play in the real world, it's past time he learned that sometimes the real world is going to play back.
I'll offer Matt Tobin one direct statement for today:
Matt, I could have had you not just arrested but put away for 5 to 15 years. It isn't unusual. Google what happened to the original voice of Charlie Brown.
I considered it. You and Tongara, as a pair, were an irritation, you know.
But I'm dealing with more than you are. I've traveled further and have a broader perspective. So, I shrugged you off. But get your act together or we'll need to look at legal steps that tantrums in your forums won't be able to prevent.
Matt, you know that I'm thorough and that I follow through with things if I'm forced to get started. Details are what I am.
You can read Matt Tobin's position on such matters at the PaleMoon (tm) forums:
Two warnings: First, comments from outsiders aren't welcome at the PaleMoon (tm) forums. Second, be prepared to enter a surreal world.
This is the type of comment that you'll find in the PaleMoon (tm) forums:
(Speaker: Tharthan) And, NewTobinParadigm, the whole process that you went through that successfully outed djames1 as a traitor seems to demonstrate that some kind of (for lack of a better term) “background check” could probably be implemented, with enough effort.
Not to mention, you said that there were signs of treachery long before he was finally booted out. So perhaps a greater level of caution and a “better safe than sorry” attitude may need to be applied with regard to that going forward.
The point of the comment is that the PaleMoon (tm) group is concerned about the existence of “traitors” who might share the source code with the outside world.
Yes, that's a reasonable concern for a FOSS project. It isn't odd at all. :P
If you'd to request the Interlink source code or communicate with Matt Tobin to request his perspective, possible but unconfirmed email addresses for Tobin are listed below:
Communications should be kept civil. Don't expect civility in return.
The following email address may have been valid in the past. However, it appears that Matt may have attended Eastern Howard Jr./Sr. High School from circa 2000 to 2004 and that this address dates back to that period. It's unlikely to still be valid:
Mypal per se still exists, but the UXP version has been taken offline.
However, we have the source code for UXP Mypal. You can get it yourself right here. The suggestion is to spread the source code around so that it can't disappear.
How to get the UXP Mypal source code:
You can get the UXP Mypal source code 4 different ways. We recommend “wget” and either #2 or #4 below. However, all 4 approaches should work. If you're in a remote country or you have poor Internet, #1 may require a few tries.
1. git clone:
git clone https://git.minetest.org/Feodor2/Mypal.git
The git clone approach will be slow. It may time-out if you're in a remote country.
2. Tarball without git history using wget or web D/L: (278MB in size)
3. Tarball without git history from the git repo web page: (278MB in size)
Look for a little download icon in the upper right area. Note: Feel free to suggest other censored projects to host at that git site.
4. Tarball with git history using wget or web D/L: (686MB in size)
UXP Mypal warnings:
* The UXP Mypal git repo is large. So, git clones will be slow. The wget approaches are recommended.
* The wget links will probably change.
* We haven't confirmed that this is the actual UXP Mypal source code. Don't trust the code until you've reviewed it.
UXP Mypal wrap-up:
We'd like to thank Matt Tobin for informing us of the existence of Mypal through links in one of his forums.
It's sort of funny. We had no idea that such Mypal existed until Matt tried to destroy it. This is another example of irony. It's also the force behind Streisand Principle.
As a side note, Matt needs to release the source code for Interlink or attorneys and/or host-side administrative actions may eventually come into play.
Distribution by password-protected archives is permitted if and only Matt sends an archive to every person who requests one. The legal problem for Matt is that he's stated publicly he isn't doing that.
Matt's friends in OpenBSD say Hello.