Just installed Trisquel 9

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William5565
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Hello Trisquel users so I just installed Trisquel 9 KDE and I wanted to share a screenshot of my desktop for you all to enjoy.

So far I am happy with my free software experience my only grievance was that I didn't like the default web browser (Abrowser) so I bit the bullet and installed Firefox instead. Chromium would of been my other choice but I am happy with Firefox.

I am using the Arc KDE Theme with the Se7en Aero Style desktop theme.

I have updated the kernel to the latest free software kernel. https://trisquel.info/en/wiki/update-linux-libre-kernel

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andyprough
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You should share that wallpaper if it's free to be shared. That looks really cool.

William5565
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Thanks Andy I sent you a PM with the direct link to that wallpaper.

andyprough
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Thanks William, got it.

loldier
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Magic Banana

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I didn't like the default web browser (Abrowser) so I bit the bullet and installed Firefox instead.

Can you detail what you didn't like about Abrowser? Abrowser is essentially Firefox without freedom-offending features (such as the Encrypted Media Extensions, a digital restriction management system) and with better default privacy settings.

William5565
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Sure Abrowser can't load a lot of websites and it lacks built in codecs needed to play a lot of multimedia pretty much sums up why I needed to install Firefox.

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Magic Banana wonders:
Can you detail what you didn't like about Abrowser?

1. Doesn't do Captchas (in Etiona).
2. Cannot log in to US.gov websites.
3. Doesn't do Cpanel (in Etiona).
4. Doesn't like NetworkSolutions.com.

For just about everything else, Abrowser works great.

But Magic Banana didn't ask:
Can you detail what you didn't like about [Konqueror]?
1. Doesn't like NetworkSolutions.com.

Summary: it's probably that Network Solutions doesn't like linux ...

George Langford

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Sounds like you might have had js turned off. If you try abrowser again, check your security settings in Preferences - try the "Standard" security setting. You may have had it on too strict of a setting.

I recommend abrowser over Firefox, as it is not only completely free code, but it also has enhanced privacy protections over Firefox. By default, Firefox sends some of your browsing info to Mozilla and some (or all) to Google (especially if you have "Provide search suggestions" turned on in Preferences-Search), among other problems. If you use abrowser with "Provide search suggestions" turned off and a decent ad and tracking blocker like ublock, you should be browsing more privately than with Firefox.

loldier
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Abrowser must be the best thing that Trisquel has to offer. Maybe the OP got it mixed up with GNU IceCat.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GNU_IceCat

William5565
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No there wasn't any confusion as I did mean Abrowser and not IceCat.

I know that RMS is willing to not be able to visit certain websites for the sake of freedom but I am not willing to go that far.

Magic Banana

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What websites?

William5565
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Websites that rely on html drm. See loldier post for a better explanation.

loldier
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Here's quidam's take on DRM.

"My name is Ruben Rodriguez and I'm a free software developer and distributor. As a GNU developer I maintain the GNU IceCat browser, a freedom and privacy focused fork of Mozilla Firefox. As the director of the Trisquel GNU/Linux free software distribution I publish copies of the "GNU IceCat" and "Abrowser" Firefox derivatives. Both those programs have their DRM capabilities disabled.

I formally object to Encrypted Media Extensions (EME) being incuded as part of the HTML family of standards. My reason is that implementing and distributing DRM encumbered software exposes free software projects, distributors and users to legal risk, due to the wide limitations the DMCA imposes on studying, modifying and distributing software that implements DRM. Security and privacy problems have also been pointed out by others including Harry Halpin and Wendy Seltzer.

These threats exist regardless of whether the software is under a free license or not, but they are amplified for free software projects:

--If the DRM components of an otherwise freely licensed browser are distributed under a proprietary licensing scheme, then the browser is no longer actually free software, and cannot be distributed by projects that only distribute such.
--If to circumvent that -as Mozilla Firefox currently does- the non-free components are downloaded separately by the browser itself, then we have a backdoor that -even if we ignore the important security implications- robs the user of their control of their computation. It also exposes them to legal risk, as they are now in possesion of DRM encumbered software they didn't request and are forbidden to audit.
--The worse case is when the DRM components are licensed under a free software license -as would be possible with clearkey or other implementations- and thus included in the browser itself. The distribution of said browser under a free license would give users a false impression that it was safe to study, modify and redistribute the code. In reality, doing so would expose them to DMCA threats.

Given those alternatives, the conclusion is that DRM encumbered software cannot be distributed by free software developers without putting both the distributors and the recipients of the software at a high legal risk. DRM goes against the principles of free software, and against the World Wide Web as an open platform.

Respectfully,
Ruben Rodriguez."

https://github.com/w3c/encrypted-media/issues/305

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Ruben (quidam) mentions Wendy Seltzer.

Coincidentally, we may ask who is the real gatekeeper of the Internet: algorithms, digital restrictions and copyright takedowns are holding us back.

--Algorithmic Copyright Management: Background Audio, False Positives and De facto Censorship--

https://lumendatabase.org/blog_entries/background-audio-takedowns

"Law enforcement, or indeed anyone of any ideological persuasion who was seeking to prevent videos of a particular event from being shared online, need only make sure that copyrighted audio is present with sufficiently recognizable clarity and volume in the background of a protest or other event."

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Hello William5565

If you don't like Abrowser and IceCat try librewolf I don't know why this browser isn't already in the Trisquel repositories ))

If you look at the question globally, it is not difficult to understand that in the repositories are the programs that correspond to Philosophy Free Software Foundation , so many programs do not.

William5565
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Thanks for the idea i'll check out Librewolf.