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Re: [Bug-gnuzilla] [VOTE] Tor code base

From: bch
Subject: Re: [Bug-gnuzilla] [VOTE] Tor code base
Date: Tue, 15 Nov 2016 11:03:04 +0000

Hello all

I'm not 'voting' as I do not fully understand what is going on to cause all the debate and argument.

I started using Icecat as I felt I had a noticeable performance improvement over the over offerings.
Since then it has not updated much and appears to be well behind the Firefox base at least.

Just in general to the recent discussions on "what happens to Icecat next (if anything)"
I like to choose what add-ons I want (or want to 'turn on'). Having them automatically built in does not seem 'correct'.

Indeed, I believe it should be possible to have a performant browser that that is cleaned of all the crud (alleged spying, tracking, questionable code, etc) other versions may introduce and be announced as such and perhaps released with suggestions of approved/recommended addons to improve security/privacy. Users may wish to employ there own solutions knowing they have a great base browser that is doing just what it should and nothing more.

I have read that some people feel that users might not be competent enough to know what to 'add-on' for protection and therefore feel it ought to be built in as such. I do not subscribe to this and believe most people going down the linux route at least (setting it up, installing, configuring etc) will have a reasonable idea of security...especially if recommendations of what people can do comes with it.

Just my two-penneth.

Thank you for Icecat.


On 15 November 2016 at 10:26, ng0 <address@hidden> wrote:
ng0 <address@hidden> writes:

> "Daniel Quintiliani" <address@hidden> writes:
>> Should we use the Tor code as a basis for Icecat?
>> 1. Yes
>> 2. No
>> I vote #1
> Assuming that you mean torbrowser code, where most of it is being
> upstreamed anyway, I vote #1

I change my vote to something between #1 and #2, I can't be
accurate at the moment.
In general it would not matter which browser derivation icecat
will be based on as long as more eyes are looking at its
code. Talk is cheap action is better, but I have no time to share
for icecat.
No matter which code base you choose, it would be a great
enhancement if the fingerprinting(? html5 canvas? something like
that) addon / code would be added to icecat.


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