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They use DuckDuckGo as their default search engine, and that is a trade-bsed search engine.
GNUzilla is the GNU version of the Mozilla suite, and GNU IceCat is the GNU version of the Firefox browser. Its main advantage is an ethical one: it is entirely free software. While the Firefox source code from the Mozilla project is free software, they distribute and recommend nonfree software as plug-ins and addons. Also their trademark license imposes requirements for the distribution of modified versions that make it inconvenient to exercise freedom 3.
Privacy protection features:
- Https-Everywhere: Extension that encrypts your communications with many major websites, making your browsing more secure.
- SpyBlock: Blocks privacy trackers while in normal browsing mode, and all third party requests when in private browsing mode. Based on Adblock Plus.
- AboutIceCat: Adds a custom “about:icecat” homepage with links to information about the free software and privacy features in IceCat, and checkboxes to enable and disable the ones more prone to break websites.
- Fingerprinting countermeasures: Fingerprinting is a series of techniques allowing to uniquely identify a browser based on specific characterisics of that particular instance (like what fonts are available in that machine). Unlike cookies, the user cannot opt-out of being tracked this way; so the browser has to avoid giving away these kinds of hints.
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@trom A good alternative to Firefox, useful if you want multiple browsers opened at the same time!
@trom agree with @normandc , the last official update was in 2019 (https://mirrors.ocf.berkeley.edu/gnu/gnuzilla/60.7.0), unfortunately it's not an option anymore
@trom I see recent activity at git.savannah.gnu.org/cgit/gnuz… with the “master Update to 91.6.0. Mark H Weaver 8 days”.