Re: OT: GNU Icecat
- Date: Sun, 9 Sep 2018 13:40:25 -0300
- From: Balaco ocalaB <ocalab@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: OT: GNU Icecat
Em 09-09-2018 01:43, Sailfish escreveu:
My bloviated meandering follows what Balaco ocalaB graced us with on
9/8/2018 5:07 PM:
Not to grab your thread, but GNU Icecat may be an interesting browser
I will try anytime.
Looking at its home page, it mentions that it is built from a Firefox
base with some modifications. I didn't see any commitment from them that
they will maintain XUL/XPCOM architecture that is needed to support the
previous add-ons. Is that your understanding?
Also, it's not supported on Windows and I very seldom use my smartphone
as a browser (fat fingers, farsighted, &c.)
Icecat is a browser that is entirely free software (among other details
to block things that are not really free). Firefox is *not* completely
free software because it comes with copyrighted parts.
About maintaining XUL arch, I am not sure of that. But either way, I
will start using it due the "free-er" choices - even if the version I
choose to use is not the most current.
What kind of support are you saying? According to
it has versions for linux, Windows, Android and MacOS. Then I tried to
find it to download in its page:
(the directory above this one has folders for all available versions)
But there was no Windows version of 52.6.0. I had to search a bit more
to find the answer. In
we also read:
GNU IceCat developers dropped support for macOS, and Windows, after
version 38.8.0 in 2016: "Note that building binary packages for
Windows and macOS currently requires non-free software, so we no
longer distribute binary releases for those platforms."
The address here is not in GNU simply because that mirror was given to
me, and I kept it.
Conclusion: use Debian, then!
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