bugGNUzilla - Bugs: bug #52992, Default and other Search Engines


bug #52992: Default and other Search Engines

Submitter:  Marco van Hulten <hulten>
Submitted:  Sun 28 Jan 2018 04:27:05 PM UTC
Category:  None Severity:  3 - Normal
Item Group:  None Status:  None
Privacy:  Public Assigned to:  None
Originator Name:  Open/Closed:  Open
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Sun 28 Jan 2018 05:31:04 PM UTC, comment #1: 

The MetaGer language issue can be followed here (in German):


In my opinion, this issue is not a blocker to add their search engine in IceCat.

Marco van Hulten <hulten>
Sun 28 Jan 2018 04:27:05 PM UTC, original submission:  

When I installed IceCat on Parabola, I got the privacy conscious La Quadrature as the default default search engine*.  When I installed IceCat on GuixSD, I got Google as the default default search engine.

What is the upstream default search engine?

Should GNU distributions set this themselves?

If the latter is the case, it would still be a good idea if the upstream default default search engine were a privacy conscious search engine.

Related to this issue, a bit of browsing through the files at https://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/gnuzilla/ ** shows that the Google search engine was removed in icecat-31.2.0 but not anymore in icecat-52.0.2.  That is probably fine (and discussed before on this mailing list), but the default should not fall back to Google.

Finally, I propose to make DuckDuckGo the default engine and add, additionally https://searx.laquadrature.net/ and https://metager.de/en/ to the list.  Note that the latter has some internationalisation issues [1].  It is a meta search engine (using Yahoo et al, but not Google AFAICT); I don't know if that has privacy implications.  But it AGPL-3.0 licensed [2].

[1]: http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/bug-gnuzilla/2018-01/msg00050.html
[2]: https://gitlab.metager3.de/open-source/MetaGer/blob/development/LICENSE


Marco van Hulten <hulten>


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