"Messages for package www-client/firefox-bin-74.0-r1:

Upstream operates a service named Normandy which allows Mozilla to push changes for default settings or even install new add-ons remotely. While this can be useful to address problems like 'Armagadd-on 2.0' or revert previous decisions to disable TLS 1.0/1.1, privacy and security concerns prevail, which is why we have switched off the use of this by default [...]"

Thanks Gentoo! Perhaps I should look for another secondary web browser.

@hund That doesn't look too good. But Mozilla has a good track record in privacy, might be hard to find a better alternative? Depends on your priorities of course...

@remaster There's a lot of options, but none of them are convincing.

@hund Give icecat or waterfox a try. Anything else I know of is either niece or chromium based :(

@Ghosty IceCat is apparently pretty much dead. It's developed by one grumpy person to my understanding. :P

@hund Ahh :(. Then maybe waterfox is a better solution :).

@hund @Ghosty GNU IceCat is maintained and promptly gets security patches (at least in Guix; so we can install that version in our fav distro).

But it’s a pre‑configured Firefox. Nowadays we can only pick our poison—though anything besides monopolistic Google Chrome(ium based browsers) is less fatal to the web.

@kmicu @Ghosty The last release is about 9 months old. Is it really up-to-date?

@hund @Ghosty Not sure where are you checking but the latest updates are from 10th this month git.savannah.gnu.org/cgit/guix

(Basically Ruben maintains IceCat on Trisquel and Mark in Guix (System).)

@hund @Ghosty PS I’m not claiming the project is healthy only that there are maintained versions of IceCat and with Guix we can install such on any distro.

@kmicu @Ghosty

"Official releases of IceCat are available from ftp.gnu.org, or any GNU mirror. Please use a mirror if possible. Besides the sources, binary releases for GNU/Linux (32 and 64 bit) are available."


I checked the first link only.

@hund @Ghosty yeah that’s the unhealthy part and a result of literally one person with other assignments doing all the work plus GNU+FSF being sick puppies now.

In Guix land though “For the last 5 years, I've been keeping the IceCat package in GNU Guix consistently up-to-date w.r.t. to security fixes from Mozilla, typically within a couple of days of Mozilla's release…”


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