On Tuesday 10 November 2009 10:46:50 Wolodja Wentland wrote: > On Tue, Nov 10, 2009 at 17:29 +0100, Sjoerd Hardeman wrote: > > comply with recommendations, you can use the User Agent plugin > > https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/59 > > to have Iceweasel report a different User-Agent string. > > Which is a solution for some people, but a a lot of users don't > care about User Agents or might not even know about Iceweasel plugins. > > I would welcome a new default UA that enables non tech savvy user to use > Iceweasel on Debian in the same way they used Firefox on Windows. Let's > not alienate these people by making it harder for them than it is > already. Debian has two choices: 1. Use the same user-agent as Firefox. 2. Use a different user-agent from Firefox. The first is a non-option. Iceweasel does not follow Mozilla's trademark usage guidelines. If it uses the Firefox trademark and Debian distributes it, Debian could be sued into non-existence. The second results is "false negatives" from websites that use the user-agent to determine your browser's features. (This has been recommended against for as long as there have been user-agent strings.) Iceweasel has all the features the website requires, but the website still degrades your experience or refuses to operate at all. There are a number of ways individual users can affect their user-agent string, if they so desire. On the rare occasions I use IceWeasel, (I prefer Konqueror) I proudly identify as Iceweasel and not Firefox. -- Boyd Stephen Smith Jr. ,= ,-_-. =. firstname.lastname@example.org ((_/)o o(\_)) ICQ: 514984 YM/AIM: DaTwinkDaddy `-'(. .)`-' http://iguanasuicide.net/ \_/
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