[Mageia-dev] Talk of Browsers

Tux99 tux99-mga at uridium.org
Fri Oct 1 04:47:13 CEST 2010

On Thu, 30 Sep 2010, Liam R E Quin wrote:

> Possibly, but then you don't get the ads... which, like it or not, are
> funding an awful lot of Web sites.

The business model of web site owners shouldn't be our concern, 
otherwise we should also stop using FOSS since it's all lost sales for 
proprietary software and we should stop reading news online since it 
hurts newspaper sales, etc.

> There's always the myth that Linux users have no money, and/or just want
> things without paying for them...

It has nothing to do with money, it's about blocking annoying flashing 
ads, pop-overs, pop-unders, user-tracking scripts, etc.
> Better to make AdBlock scripts easy to install (e.g. via
> MageiaControlCentre?), and maybe include them (so no download needed)
> but not enabled.

Ok, we could keep it disabled by default, but it should be installed so 
that anyone can easily enable it, if desired.

On the other hand we should keep the following two options in Firefox 
DISABLED by default, since they are nothing but Google tracking devices 
disguised as security features:

- Tell me if the site I'm visiting is a suspected attack site
- Tell me if the site I'm visiting is a suspected forgery

With these two options enabled, Firefox contacts a Google DB for every 
site you visit, telling Google the site you are visiting (Google 
claims they don't use this info to track users, but given Google's 
attitude to privacy, I do not believe their claim at all).
Also these two options are really meant to protect Windows users, on 
Linux they are fairly useless from a security POV.

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