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GNU IceCat released

From: Giuseppe Scrivano
Subject: GNU IceCat released
Date: Sun, 13 Jan 2008 20:36:05 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.11 (Gnus v5.11) Emacs/22.0.90 (gnu/linux)

We are pleased to announce the first official release of GNU IceCat,
the GNU version of the Mozilla Firefox web browser.  You can get
IceCat from http://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/gnuzilla/ and all GNU mirrors (see

While the basic Mozilla Firefox source code is free software, and we
thank them for their significant contributions to the community, some
non-free files are distributed in the Firefox source tree, and Firefox
can recommend non-free plugins.  IceCat is entirely free.

In addition, GNU IceCat includes some privacy protection features:

1. Some sites refer to zero-size images on other hosts to keep track
   of cookies. When IceCat detects this mechanism it blocks cookies
   from the site hosting the zero-length image file. (It is possible
   to re-enable such a site by removing it from the blocked hosts list.)

2. Other sites rewrite the host name in links redirecting the user
   to another site, mainly to "spy" on clicks. When this behavior is
   detected, IceCat shows a message alerting the user.

Feedback on these features is welcome.  

The home page for IceCat is http://www.gnu.org/software/gnuzilla.
We would be grateful for volunteers to help with development, especially
regarding plugins.

Happy Hacking!

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