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Fwd: IceCat question - forced updates?

From: mdn
Subject: Fwd: IceCat question - forced updates?
Date: Fri, 4 Sep 2020 22:05:28 +0200
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Sujet : Re: IceCat question - forced updates?
Date : Fri, 4 Sep 2020 21:22:02 +0200
De : mdn <>
Pour : Robert D. Bowers M.A. <>

Hello and welcome
Le 04/09/2020 à 18:47, Robert D. Bowers M.A. a écrit :
> I am leaving Firefox after using that browser for around 15 years. I was
> glad that it came out because of the ability to configure it - and
> escaped from IE (then shortly after went with Ubuntu).
> I have three questions that will decide whether or not IceCat is for me
> or not.
> #1, and very important - can I lock IceCat so that it will NOT and I
> repeat NOT automatically update - it will allow me to choose when to
> install the update?  (I don't mind at all if it downloads in the
> background.)
Icecat doesn't auto update itself so yes.
It will update if you decide to update via apt or if you
download/compile the browser yourself.
If you want to be sure that none of your configurations are ever altered
you can use the "lockPref" option by using a .cfg configuration file at
the root file of your browser.

lockPref("browser.ctrlTab.recentlyUsedOrder", false);
lockPref("", false);

Note: you need two file, one is "autoconfig.js in
"/icecat/defaults/pref" which will contain these three lines:

pref("general.config.obscure_value", 0);
pref("general.config.filename", "mozilla.cfg");

And the "mozilla.cfg" which will contain all the configuration that you
I have added an example (and not complete) file in this email for
firefox esr78.

>  I work from home and having Firefox shut me down in order
> to do a 'restart' happened once too often - and it's a regular threat. 
> I've tried everything I could find to stop that behavior, but it won't
> stop, and it seems that the idiots doing Firefox won't listen and
> realize that they could put people out of work by THEIR decisions.
> #2: How easy is it to migrate all of my bookmarks and so on to IceFox?
Very easy, go to "bookmarks" -> "show all bookmarks" -> select "import
and backup"
-> select "backup" then select the place where you want to save the
.json file that contains your bookmarks.
Then you do the same but you do almost the same but instead you choose
"restore" and then "choose file".
> #3: I use several add-ons for protection and 'comfort'.  How many of the
> Firefox add-ons will work (or have been ported over)?
Depends on the addons.
I would recommend to avoid adding to much add-ons, for security just use
ublock-origin for black list filtering and/or umatrix as a whitelist
firewall, as for comfort I do not know what you use.
> I use Ubuntu 18.04LTS, and have adequate protection on my system - and
> am careful where I go (especially while working).  However, I cannot
> have anything forcing me off the internet - I must be the one who makes
> the decision as to when updates occur!  (I would suggest updating upon
> shutdown of my system for the night.)
I would recommend using Trisquel GNU/linux instead of Ubuntu if your
hardware permits it, you would have greater control with it. Ubuntu is
slowly becoming a microsoft like gnu/linux distribution, imo, be careful.
See if you have time/are interested.
> Thanks!
> Bob
Good luck and take care.


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