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Re: icecat 3.6.6? + google issue

From: Reed Loden
Subject: Re: icecat 3.6.6? + google issue
Date: Fri, 16 Jul 2010 09:53:16 -0500

On Fri, 16 Jul 2010 11:08:02 -0300
Nicolás Reynolds <address@hidden> wrote:

> I'm the packager of icecat for parabola gnu/linux (link in the signature)
> using a modified pkgbuild[0] (build script) from figue[1] from which we
> removed google services and related replacing them with privacy-aware/libre
> alternatives, like scroogle, yacy, internet archive, jamendo, etc.

Offering Scroogle even after the problems it has had lately with
accessing Google? Seems like you may put your users in a bind if
Scroogle were to have issues again...

> In the current version we removed firefox's safe browsing, as it relies on
> a google service...
> What do you think of this?

I think you're unnecessarily endangering your users for no reason at
all. Why is Google so harmful in this case? Firefox does a pretty good
job at protecting its users' data so Google doesn't know exactly what
URL the user is visiting. You need to weigh the pros and cons here. I
personally feel that having working anti-phishing/anti-malware support
is a core part of Firefox's mission to keep users secure. If you turn
that off, you're putting users at risk.

My 2c,

Reed Loden - <address@hidden> / <address@hidden>
GNU Project [gnu.org] / Free Software Foundation [fsf.org]

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