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[Bug-gnuzilla] New GNUzilla and IceCat maintainer

From: Loic J. Duros
Subject: [Bug-gnuzilla] New GNUzilla and IceCat maintainer
Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2012 13:58:12 -0400
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I have just been made maintainer of IceCat and GNUzilla. Thanks to Giuseppe Scrivano for all his work in the past and how far he took the project. I have contacted him aside and I hope we'll be able to discuss how IceCat has been run until now, and the direction towards which the project will go in the future.

As you may already know, our plans for IceCat are big, starting with an improved privacy extension and the detection of nonfree nontrivial JavaScript. GNU LibreJS detects nonfree nontrivial JavaScript and will be enabled by default in IceCat after a few interactions with the extensions currently used by IceCat are addressed.

We will also need an add-on list that is more up to date and easily searchable. One idea was to use the AMO API to find which add-ons have a free license to get an up-to-date list of add-ons that could potentially make it to the IceCat add-on list. Some of you on the list have already shown some interest to work on this (Thanks Leonardo!). As Jason Self suggested, we could then use such tools as Fossology to ensure all the extension code is effectively under a free license, and automate as much as possible, the ongoing maintenance work that the IceCat add-on manager requires.

The initial release of IceCat 12 might take a little longer since there is a lot to work on, but I expect subsequent versions will regularly become available shortly after Mozilla publishes new versions of its browser.

Thanks, and I'm looking forward to getting the next release up.


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