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Re: [Bug-gnuzilla] IceCat for Windows

From: The Canadian Bacon
Subject: Re: [Bug-gnuzilla] IceCat for Windows
Date: Tue, 31 Oct 2017 08:16:47 -0400

As for the windows port update. I'm taking a look at the patches used and I'm going to see if I can provide an update binary for icecat sometime this week. No promises though.

On Oct 31, 2017 7:04 AM, "Felix Fröhlich" <address@hidden> wrote:
Hi Chris,

I believe this may be because of the add-on LibreJS, which prohibits the
use of any and all non-free _javascript_s on websites (see also:
https://www.gnu.org/philosophy/_javascript_-trap.html). However, it is
possible to override this mechanism and allow a website to run these
scripts. To do this, you can drag the LibreJS button into the toolbar
and click it to check whether or not any scripts have been blocked. If
any scripts have been blocked, they should be able to be unblocked by
clicking the "Allow all scripts on this page" button in the top right.

Alternatively, if you use lots and lots of sites that break with LibreJS
enabled and it's too bothersome to click that button every time, you can
disable the add-on in IceCat's extensions page (about:addons). However,
I do not recommend doing this, as it allows your browser to run non-free

On a side note, I would generally recommend using a script blocking
add-on which you can use to determine which scripts should be executed
and which shouldn't. uBlock, uMatrix (advanced) and NoScript are add-ons
which can be used to achieve this (and are free software ;)). They don't
indiscriminately ban all non-free scripts but determine whether or not
they should be loaded and run based on where they are coming from.

Kind regards


On 31/10/17 11:45, Chris Rogers wrote:
> Hi Felix,
> Thanks for your reply. I've successfully downloaded and installed
> IceCat from that URL you kindly sent me. I realise that the Windows
> versions will lag behind the Linux versions a little.
> I'm a little concerned that I'm not going to be able to use IceCat
> very much as it doesn't seem to work very well. The first website I
> tried was the BBC News website - a trusted source that I use all the
> time. It didn't display at all in the way I expected, showing giant
> graphic icons instead of the normal size, failing to arrange the
> sections of the screen in their normal places and not presenting the
> page very well at all.
> I appreciate that this may be because the BBC is coding it in a way
> that demands non-free components to run but sadly if I can't use my
> preferred websites with this browser, I'll be going back to one of the
> others I use.
> Cheers
> Chris
> address@hidden
> ========================================
> On Sun 29/10/17 20:18, Felix Fröhlich wrote:
>> Hi Chris,
>> I am not aware of any official Windows releases or a Windows installer,
>> but you can download a .zip archive containing Windows binaries and
>> resources at https://rpm.jenslody.de/icecat-win/, which can be found at
>> the website that Narcis was linking to in their email. The Windows ports
>> tend to lag a bit behind, though (i.e. as of now, there is only IceCat
>> 52.1.1, whereas the GNU/Linux version is 52.3.0).
>> On 29/10/17 11:35, Chris Rogers wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> I'm trying to find a download location for IceCat for Windows but all
>>> of the files I find on the download page at
>>> https://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/gnuzilla/52.3.0/ seem to be Linux versions.
>>> Is IceCat available for Windows? Any clue to find a Windows installer
>>> welcome.
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