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bug #52995: extensions to install/enable in a fresh installation of IceCat

Submitter:  Marco van Hulten <hulten>
Submitted:  Sun 28 Jan 2018 04:52:35 PM UTC
Category:  None Severity:  3 - Normal
Item Group:  None Status:  None
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Originator Name:  Open/Closed:  Open
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Sun 28 Jan 2018 05:46:13 PM UTC, comment #1: 

Another interesting add-on is NoScript.  It is free software (GPL>=2 according to Wikipedia, but from the FAQ it links to the latest version of the GNU GPL; I cannot quickly find NoScript's source code to check), and can be used to block «JavaScript, Java, Flash and other plugins» [1].  Freedom-aware netizens would not use Flash (and maybe also not Java), but so what that it blocks things that are not installed.  In any case, if JavaScript blocking works properly, it should be critically compared with LibreJS.  I cannot judge how the philosophical differences (LibreJS explicitly by default only allowing all free JavaScript scripts) works out on the actual freedom of users (after bumping into issues, changing defaults etc., both in LibreJS and NoScript).

[1]: https://noscript.net/

Marco van Hulten <hulten>
Sun 28 Jan 2018 04:52:35 PM UTC, original submission:  

IceCat comes with quite some extensions installed, all of which are enabled by default.  The number of installed extensions depends on the GNU/Linux distribution (11 on GuixSD and 7 on Parabola).  Both provide the «pre-Quantum» IceCat 52.3.0, so this may be changing anyway with the upcoming IceCat build.

I propose to revisit the upstream IceCat list of extensions and which to enable by default.  Can someone provide a list of those included/enabled now in upstream?

«-» For instance, LibreJS does not seem to work properly and «Reveal hidden HTML elements» does not seem to "do" anything.  Those could be disabled by default as long as they don't fulfill a working function.

«+» I am using Privacy Badger (GPL-3.0) with Firefox 58.0 on Ubuntu, which appears to work properly without user annoyance.  I also use Adblock Plus (GPL-3.0).  Both these plugins could be added, provided that it they are not completely redundant: maybe the same functionality is provided by SpyBlock?

Marco van Hulten <hulten>


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