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Re: IceCat's user-agent reports Windows NT 6.1

From: Nils Gillmann
Subject: Re: IceCat's user-agent reports Windows NT 6.1
Date: Sun, 13 May 2018 12:19:28 +0000

Pierre Neidhardt transcribed 981 bytes:
> Sounds like a misfeature to me: lots of website use it to display the
> right content depending on the OS the user is running (tutorials,
> downloads, etc.).  Disclosing the OS family the user is running is
> hardly a threat to privacy in my opinion.

This is to reduce fingerprinting. With Guix it's even more crucial because
the user base is (probably) rather small. Compare to what you can find about
Torbrowser's reasons for displaying the same string.

> Besides, isn't it deceptively advertising the dominance of a non-free
> OS?  Doesn't sound quite GNU to me...

Reducing fingerprinting is hardly advertisment.

> --
> Pierre Neidhardt

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