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Browser's and Distro's (was: SWR Iron: Chromium without the data-mining)

Am Tue, 18 May 2010 22:36:56 +0200
schrieb Christoph Anton Mitterer <calestyo@scientia.net>:

> Hi.
> AFAIK, even Chrome has disabled most tracking stuff per default
> (except those things which FF/etc. do too).

You may be raising a good point.

As it is now: the first thing firefox seems to do when it's run, is to
connect to search engines and have them set cookies, then, there are
"intelligent Bookmarks" that connect to aggregators, while no "cookie
safe" (or "cs lite"), "noscript" and "better privacy" are installed and
set up properly by default. And the website blocking feature even seems
to send URL hashes somewhere by default. The receiver might even not
need to compute that hash himself anymore to join that info into
their database.

I don't know, would that make users look as if they were sold to some
company? They certainly seem exposed to any kind of tracking by

Would it be a responsible and sane decision for any
distribution to turn that off, while providing simple buttons to allow
things selectively? (i.e. noscript option to enable scripts for
particular sites one want's to use, but not for any goo-analytics
goo-mail, goo-login, goo-website or flashy goo-toolkit someone was
lured to inject into your browser.)

I mean what do you think of a distro when you notice it
started pushing all interactions with its websites to some goo-analytics

With "so easy to use" social network clients ( i.e. with maybe only
freebee fishnet like servers put up centrally, that track any business
and social interactions) installed in a distro, at least you can choose
not to use them.
And you can work on implementing/improving alternative, easy to use
free software tools that function in a distributed, peer based manner to
help people connect in their real social network in more direct ways.

But with browsers and websites set to injecting scripts, you actively
need to turn things off.

I'm really wondering about what you guys think of this.

Kind regards,

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