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[Taler] Taler prioritizes nonfree browser

From: Caleb Herbert
Subject: [Taler] Taler prioritizes nonfree browser
Date: Thu, 23 Nov 2017 05:07:21 -0600

I have found an issue in Taler's documentation.

When talking about the wallet extension on the GNU Taler website, Chrome
and Chromium are consistently mentioned first, and Firefox (IceCat) is
pushed into a corner with Opera.  It's even mentioned twice.

        We currently provide a wallet browser extension for Chromium,
        Chrome, Firefox, Opera and Edge.
Chrome is also given first-class treatment on the page for downloading
the extension.  https://gnutaler.org/wallet.html

      * Chrome is mentioned first
      * A prominent one-click "Install wallet" button is there for
      * Above the button is a message that acts like not having Chrome
        installed is less than ideal
      * Firefox has no button

The website consistently makes Chrome more prominent and convenient, to
the detriment of Firefox.

Unlike Firefox, Chromium is outright hostile to privacy and free
software. No version of it in any form can currently exists on free
distros, because Parabola can't build it without blobs and obfuscated

Meanwhile, versions of Firefox exist on free distros in a few forms:
IceWeasel, IceCat, FireDog, Abrowser.

Firefox is clearly more friendly to free software and should be given
priority over Chromium.  Right now, Chromium should be given priority
only in code audits.

The GNU Coding Standards say

        However, you should give only the necessary information to help
        those who already use the non-free program to use your program
        with it—don’t give, or refer to, any further information about
        the proprietary program, and don’t imply that the proprietary
        program enhances your program, or that its existence is in any
        way a good thing. The goal should be that people already using
        the proprietary program will get the advice they need about how
        to use your free program with it, while people who don’t already
        use the proprietary program will not see anything likely to lead
        them to take an interest in it.

Please support browsers that can be used on free distros.  Don't give
Chromium more prominence than more respectable browsers like IceCat and

Caleb Herbert
OpenPGP public key: http://bluehome.net/csh/pubkey

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