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Re: Firefox 52's end of life, packaging Chromium

From: Joshua Branson
Subject: Re: Firefox 52's end of life, packaging Chromium
Date: Sat, 01 Sep 2018 13:53:02 -0400
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Amin Bandali <address@hidden> writes:

> Ricardo Wurmus <address@hidden> writes:
>>> So the question is: can we push the Chromium package?  I've read it's
>>> almost ready[2].
>> The TODO list for convenience:
>> --8<---------------cut here---------------start------------->8---
>> * There is still some data transmitted when starting the browser for the
>>   first time.  It seems related to the "domain_reliability" component.
>> * Remove remaining "Web Store" links.  Currently I've only found it in
>>   settings, under "accessibility" and "fonts".
>> * Opening settings transmits a bunch of data, the next version will
>>   include the 'disable-translation-lang-fetch' patch from Inox.
>> * PDFium is built, but does not seem to work (the 'install' phase
>>   probably needs tweaking).  Might just disable it instead.
>> --8<---------------cut here---------------end--------------->8---
>> It would be *very* nice if the first and third items could be solved
>> before merging, but I don’t consider them blockers.  Would someone like
>> to investigate one of these problems?
>> As has been stated multiple times in the discussion of this evolving
>> patch set, we cannot guarantee privacy, but we can make attempts to
>> remove problems as they become known.  This will remain an uphill battle
>> and in future iterations of this package we should try to integrate more
>> patches provided by other groups working on removing anti-features from
>> Chromium.
> I highly recommend looking into ungoogled-chromium [0], which
> "modifies Google Chromium to remove Google integration and
> enhance privacy, control, and transparency".  It's not exactly a
> fork, but rather a series of patches and modifications they apply
> to each Chromium release.

There is also the Brave browser

> In terms of documentation, they have a high-level description of
> the various components and patches [1], and build instructions
> for a few platforms and distros [2].  There was also an attempt
> to make a nix package a while ago [3], which may be helpful to
> look at.
> [0]:
> [1]:
> [2]: 
> [3]:

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