|Subject:||Re: If FOSS isn't your number one concern, why use IceCat?|
|Date:||Thu, 21 Nov 2019 23:59:37 +0000|
That sounds like an excellent step in the right direction. When all is said and done, I'd love to see the details of the results. In fact, I would've been happy with less! All I want is to know where we currently stand, but you're offering far more!
From: Mark H Weaver <address@hidden>
Sent: 20 November 2019 22:34
To: Haniho Dude <address@hidden>
Cc: address@hidden <address@hidden>
Subject: Re: If FOSS isn't your number one concern, why use IceCat?
Haniho Dude <address@hidden> wrote:
> This is indeed great news; it fully addresses the original concern that
> made me ask my questions. However, it does not answer the questions
> * Other than the components that exist only to make IceCat FOSS and
> the addons that any Firefox user can obtain, what does IceCat offer
> that cannot be obtained by using a privacy-hardened user.js file?
I'm not yet able to give a proper answer to this question, as I'm
currently familiarizing myself with the privacy issues in Firefox and
studying the relevant source code. I can tell you that I do not intend
to limit myself to reading existing privacy guides and changing default
settings (as in data/settings.js). Where appropriate, I will patch the
source code itself. For example, I've already added code to the
IceCat-68 preview to expose more privacy settings in a user-friendly way
within <about:preferences>, and I intend to do more of that,
e.g. exposing DNS-over-HTTPS configuration there.
I may also modify the code to add support for new low-level settings
that don't yet exist within <about:config>. For example, at present, I
without disabling "privacy.resistFingerprinting" entirely. So, we
currently have this one option that covers a great many things, and I'd
like to allow more fine-grained control. That's not something that can
be done in user.js as far as I know.
I'm only just beginning to dig into the issues and study the code, but I
expect that over time IceCat will not only have better default settings,
but allow better configuration of your desired tradeoffs between privacy
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