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Re: [Bug-gnuzilla] IceCat addon selection

From: Loic J. Duros
Subject: Re: [Bug-gnuzilla] IceCat addon selection
Date: Fri, 04 May 2012 12:38:12 -0400
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Hi David:

Thanks for pointing this out. I am starting work on a semi-automated system to take care of the IceCat free add-on list. It will use the AMO API to get an updated list of add-ons with free licenses, then Fossology to analyze each file automatically, and finally a human to take a look at the results, investigate further if necessary, and either accept or reject the add-on. This is a bit of work to get it done, and my priority so far is to prepare the next version of IceCat, which will come out shortly.

Does all this make sense to you? I believe this would do a much better job of addressing the issue you are raising in your message.



On 05/03/2012 06:55 PM, David Pierce wrote:
Is the addon page updated and maintained by scripts or manually
curated, and how do you determine the integrity of the extensions you
recommend overtime?

I ask this because the developer of the "ReloadEvery" extension has
previously included a proprietary and rather intrusive spyware module
with and update to the extension in an effort to monetize his software
and violate his users' trust and privacy. It was eventually removed
after numerous complaints and bad reviews in the extension's feedback
area. The developer later stated that he was surprised that his users
would object to his violating of them and his belief that such actions
would be welcomed.

Even with this particular module being eventually removed, the threat
from such unscrupulous developers taking similar action in the future
and the GNU Project promoting them remains.

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