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Conkeror
Conkeror is a Mozilla-based browser that brings an emacs-like experience to web browsing. It has a sophisticated keyboard system for running commands and interacting with web page content, modelled after Emacs and Lynx. For easier editing of form fields, it can spawn external editors. It is self-documenting and extensible with JavaScript. Conkeror is fully-customizable and highly-extensible, but is based on Mozilla XULRunner, which Mozilla has stopped supporting development in July 2015. N.B. Not to be confused with Konqueror.
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''GNU IceCat discontinued official IceCatMobile support after version 38.6.0. Unofficial IceCatMobile releases can be downloaded with the F-Droid client. GNU IceCat (originally GNU IceWeasel) is part of GNUzilla (the GNU version of the Mozilla Application Suite). GNU IceCat is based on the the current official release of Firefox Extended Support Release (ESR) with removal of trademarked artwork and proprietary components. However, IceCat is not a straight fork of Firefox ESR; instead, it is a parallel effort that works closely with and re-bases in synchronization on the latest Firefox ESR as the upstream supplier, with patches merged upstream whenever possible; although it should be noted that additional security updates are customized to IceCat occasionally.

Differences between IceCat and Firefox ESR

Important differences between Mozilla's Firefox and GNU IceCat is that IceCat has a focus on freedom and privacy (see settings.js for details).

  • Encrypted Media Extensions (EME) is not implemented: Whereas Firefox are being created such that they support Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) systems through their implementation of the Encrypted Media Extension (EME), GNU IceCat doesn't include an EME implementation as it opposes efforts to popularize and ease the dissemination of DRM technology.
    • Widevine Content Decryption Module provided by Google Inc. is not installed in about:addons > Plugins
    • The Play DRM-controlled content option (used to download and enable Widevine Content Decryption Module provided by Google Inc.) has been removed from about:preferences > Content
  • "Accept third-party cookies: Never"
  • WebRTC is enabled like in Firefox but prevent leaking the LAN ip. (Test WebRTC)
  • The proprietary program Mibbit has been removed.
  • Telemetry is disabled.
  • DuckDuckGo is the default search engine, which means that you can run "!Bangs" keywords in the location bar to use any search engine.

Philosophy

"We will always make IceCat block non-free JavaScript by default. If you want to permit nonfree software to run, you can easily disable LibreJS." - Richard Stallman

Customized add-ons

  • SpyBlock (Adblock Plus fork) to block privacy trackers.

History

GNU IceCat was formerly known as GNU IceWeasel but changed its name in 2008 to avoid confusion with Debian IceWeasel (who was rebranded back to Firefox in 2017 after Debian was being granted special permission from Mozilla ref).

The GNU IceCat developers dropped support for Replicant after version 38.6.0 because these builds are already provided by F-Droid.

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.

See also

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GNU IceCat (formerly GNU IceWeasel), or more specifically GNUzilla IceCat, is a browser based on the latest extended stable release (ESR) of the popular Firefox browser by Mozilla. The GNU Project keeps IceCat in synchronization with upstream development of Firefox while removing all trademarked artwork. Unlike Firefox, IceCat recommends only free software add-ons. With a focus on freedom and privacy, IceCat is designed to make it easy for the user to: block execution of non-free JavaScript with GNU LibreJS or disable all JS, block privacy trackers with SpyBlock (Adblock Plus fork), get redirected to HTTPS when possible with HTTPS Everywhere, and more! GNU IceCat is part of GNUzilla, which aims to package GNU versions of the entire suite of Mozilla programs. See also


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