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libre for mozilla [message #47] Sun, 07 April 2019 14:58 Go to next message
locutus is currently offline  locutus
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Is anyone willing to assist in getting working SlackBuilds
for
Iceweasel-esr & icedove
Have added a starting point on GitHub
https://github.com/aryr100/libre-SlackBuilds
Re: libre for mozilla [message #71 is a reply to message #47] Wed, 24 June 2020 15:18 Go to previous messageGo to next message
metaBLAG is currently offline  metaBLAG
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Sadly, there doesn't appear to be much headway made on this. Meanwhile, are there any freedom-related issues w/grabbing Icecat from Slackbuilds as is? As for email, how about Claws via Slackbuilds? That's libre is it not? I'm interested to know what Freenixers are using currently for browsing & mail...or for anything else for that matter! Wink
Re: libre for mozilla [message #72 is a reply to message #71] Wed, 24 June 2020 17:16 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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IceCat is in FXP: https://freenix.net/fxp/freeslack64-14.2/fxp/

I would love to see a working alternative to IceCat, for a number of reasons. I do believe that the main point of failure in Firefox, as far as FSF is concerned, is the addons page, which directs users to a repository rife with nonfree addons, and no way to filter by license. If this issue is fixed in a SlackBuild, I could push it into FXP same day. Any alternative would be great, because sooner or later we need to bring FSF to the table and revisit/resolve many many issues like the one above, because arguments tend to be vague, and I've seen reports that these rules are not enforced consistently among FSF-approved distros.

PS: As it stands, Freenix project does not endorse or provide Firefox for any purpose, and this post is not an exception. However, I am personally so fed up with IceCat, I am using vanilla Firefox at the moment. We need a real solution, which is free of addons, robust, and tracks Mozilla's security releases with daily urgency.

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Re: libre for mozilla [message #73 is a reply to message #72] Thu, 25 June 2020 14:54 Go to previous messageGo to next message
metaBLAG is currently offline  metaBLAG
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Thanks for the link; I also came across it later after poring through your FSF correspondences in the endorsement thread (always many interesting rabbit-holes there). Note to self: Always research a bit more before posting! Wink

At any rate, after reading more I can certainly see how directing someone to Slackbuilds could be problematic from an FSF perspective to say the least.

Not to beat a dead horse, but have you had a chance to look at Abrowser? It appears to be Trisquel's libre variation on Firefox/IceCat but it appears to be a bit more robust based on my limited experiences. That said, porting it to Freenix could be yet another (possibly daunting) challenge.
Re: libre for mozilla [message #74 is a reply to message #73] Thu, 25 June 2020 19:22 Go to previous message
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Like I implied before, I don't think I got time to whip up a slackbuild for a significant modification of Firefox, like abrowser, but I would definitely use it if it was on hand.

Here's a cheerful thought: looking at about:config made me realize I can change urls there for Mozilla's addons finder, and just blank them or point them at fsf-approved list, if that works. If we can set some about:config lines during packaging, then may be that's all we need to get Firefox into compliance.
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