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Re: [Bug-gnuzilla] Secular GNU Browser from scratch (not "Web"):

From: Ivan Zaigralin
Subject: Re: [Bug-gnuzilla] Secular GNU Browser from scratch (not "Web"):
Date: Wed, 4 Nov 2015 17:50:18 -0800
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I don't know whether anyone has the resources needed to build a
functional replacement for Firefox, but the concerns raised below are
100% legitimate and urgent. As far as I know (PLEASE correct me if I am
wrong), the Windoze version of Firefox prompts, downloads, and installs
non-free blobs to make EME work.


Since Mozilla obviously thinks co-distributing non-free code (by Adobe!)
is not unethical, I wouldn't put it past them now to use a combination
of deception and obfuscation to peddle even more non-free code, this
time in secret. After all, it can't be bad if it's all for the sake of
the users' convenience, right?

At least for now, though, a deblobbing approach taken by the Gnuzilla
team seems like a right fit. We just need to keep it in mind that
Mozilla is rotten in the core now, and will almost certainly rot all the
way through in the near future. My hope is that an /ethical/ team will
emerge with both the means and the desire to fork the damn thing.

On 11/04/2015 03:38 PM, address@hidden wrote:
> Hi,
> Firefox is becoming quite a task to master when it comes to plugging all
> of the privacy related "leaks".
> Each time they do an upgrade, there is another privacy hole to hunt down
> and close.  Mozilla seems to love sharing our data with third parties
> whom I'm not sure I can trust.
> To make it harder, Mozilla do not provide one clear location where a
> user can read documentation on how to close the privacy holes - one has
> to search Mozilla's sites for the scattered documentation. Quite
> frankly, I find this rather frustrating, given the unnecessary waste of
> time that it requires ... how many metaphoric keyboards have I thrown
> around the room?!
> Would GNU consider building a web browser (other than "Web") from
> scratch, GPL 3'd (if possible), secular in terms of NOT requiring
> dependencies on Gnome so that it can run on most desktop environments.
> I'm thinking in terms of a better competitor to Xombrero - perhaps add
> Emacs (& Vim perhaps) key bindings as an option too.  Add to this mix,
> the should be mandatory clear documentation for "not so techie" users.
> Perhaps I'm asking too much, especially when I'm not in a position to
> contribute at this stage :-(, but I thought I'd "put it out there".
> Kind regards,
> Bjoern Nyjorden.

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