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Re: [Bug-gnuzilla] Free Software Add-on for IceCat

From: Sam Geeraerts
Subject: Re: [Bug-gnuzilla] Free Software Add-on for IceCat
Date: Sun, 21 Oct 2012 11:55:34 +0200
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Ivan Zaigralin wrote:
Adblock Lite is MPL. It has the Adblock Plus' current feature set
with the old (pre-2) interface. The main difference is the absence
of Allow Some Ads option, which is enabled by default in Adblock
Plus. In an ironic twist of fate, Palant sold out to advertisers :)
While the code of ABP is still free, IMHO, it should be removed
because its default settings are designed to abuse the user, and
replacements are available.

The criterion for inclusion in the Gnuzilla list is software freedom. If extensions are barred for other reasons, then the purpose of the list becomes less clear. There are also extensions in the list that facilitate the use of Google and other websites/services that have raised privacy concerns. With the current policy they could only be excluded if you'd argue that they encourage the use of websites that require running non-free Javascript.

That being said, the Gnuzilla project does pay attention to user privacy. Loic could choose to add that as a second criterion for the list (with the aforementioned risk). Another option is to add warnings to the list. That still requires that every extension be checked for privacy issues, because it shouldn't be that no privacy warning could also mean that it hasn't been checked. So it would take more work to get (certain types of) extensions on the list, making people less inclined to submit them. And like with SaaS, it's not always clear cut whether something crossed the line. I'm not opposed to the idea per se, though. :)

Anyway, I'm not sure ABP's default settings are even a privacy issue. And if I recall correctly, it does explicitly give users the choice to disable the whitelist when it's installed.

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