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Re: [Bug-gnuzilla] GNU IceCat finally on f-droid.org

From: Mart Rootamm
Subject: Re: [Bug-gnuzilla] GNU IceCat finally on f-droid.org
Date: Thu, 21 Apr 2016 16:37:44 +0300

[Added a reply here, too]
I think the 'Request Desktop Site' menuitem won't work, because the default user agent string does not contain the word 'mobile', and by default, it contains a string for non-free software.

I know, it's supposed to be the most common string to reduce UA fingerprinting, but eventually, it will be out of date and relatively easy to distinguish.

2016-04-20 15:50 GMT+03:00 Narcis Garcia <address@hidden>:
I see a "Request Desktop Site" option at main menu, but it doesn't seem
to have effect.
User Agent may need to only add or remove "Mobile" word when user uses
"Request Desktop Site" option. And this option could be enabled by default.

El 20/04/16 a les 11:39, Mart Rootamm ha escrit:
>> That's intentional, and you're subverting a measure designed to protect
>> your privacy by "fixing" this. Using the same user agent string as
>> Firefox reduces your fingerprint.
> Indeed, but the default IceCatMobile UA string is not even remotely
> mobile (Windows 6.1, etc), causing many sites to display a desktop
> design where they should not. AFAIK, IceCat does not include the default
> Firefox UA string as an optional feature.
> On one hand, a person who chooses to use IceCat is already moderately
> computer-proficient, but it would be difficult to recommend this browser
> to beginners, because "it breaks their site." Truth be told, even a
> person who chooses Firefox over Android default or Chrome could also be
> classed as a reasonably atypical user.
> The site-specific overrides option is useful, though.
> btw, is there any progress about Firefox 45+ not having cookie prompts
> viz IceCat? I was kinda hoping IceCat would keep them prompts.
> -M.
> 2016-04-20 3:32 GMT+03:00 Julie Marchant <address@hidden
> <mailto:address@hidden>>:
>     On 04/19/2016 06:22 PM, Mart Rootamm wrote:
>     > One issue is, that IceCatMobile fails to show its own user agent string,
>     > and uses a UA string of non-free software, which skews server
>     > statistics. I had to guesstimate the possible IceCat UA string for myself.
>     That's intentional, and you're subverting a measure designed to protect
>     your privacy by "fixing" this. Using the same user agent string as
>     Firefox reduces your fingerprint.
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