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Re: GNU IceCat?



On Tue, 08 Sep 2015 09:30:46 +0200
Simon Josefsson <simon@josefsson.org> wrote:

> Riley Baird <BM-2cVqnDuYbAU5do2DfJTrN7ZbAJ246S4XiX@bitmessage.ch>
> writes:
> 
> > On Tue, 08 Sep 2015 08:58:46 +0200
> > Simon Josefsson <simon@josefsson.org> wrote:
> >
> >> Riley Baird writes:
> >> 
> >> >> Is there any reason (other than lack of manpower) that GNU IceCat is not
> >> >> packaged in Debian?
> >> >> 
> >> >> I understand Debian has IceWeasel to (primarily?) fix the Firefox
> >> >> trademark issue and to have a mechanism to deal with security backports.
> >> >> 
> >> >> IceCat has diverged from Firefox/Iceweasel and has a different feature
> >> >> set than both, so it would seem reasonable to have it available through
> >> >> Debian.
> >> >
> >> > Would it really be worth it? There aren't that many changes:
> >> > http://git.savannah.gnu.org/cgit/gnuzilla.git/tree/makeicecat
> >> 
> >> The entire tree contains a number of other things:
> >> http://git.savannah.gnu.org/cgit/gnuzilla.git/tree/
> >> 
> >> For example some privacy/security default settings:
> >> http://git.savannah.gnu.org/cgit/gnuzilla.git/tree/data/settings.js
> >
> > Ah, that's a good set of default settings. Perhaps a modified
> > settings.js and an explanation of how to use it could be included with
> > the iceweasel package?
> 
> That's up to the IceWeasel team -- my perception is that they want to
> keep changes compared to Firefox to a minimum.

Good point.

> > Also, what advantages does IceCat have over the Tor Browser? (Debian
> > doesn't have the Tor Browser either, due to the impossibility of long
> > term maintenance, but just wondering.)
> 
> I'm not familiar enough with how the Tor Browser is different to really
> tell.  It seems based on ESR, so long term maintenance may be possible?

Maybe. I'm content with the upstream tarball of the Tor Browser (once
you've installed it, it enables autoupdating), so I'm not willing to
volunteer.

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