Privacy Badger

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mixalis_t
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Hello,

In this page https://trisquel.info/en/browser there are various libre add-ons that somebody can install to abrowser/icecat including Privacy Badger.

When you install Privacy Badger a small icon appears at the top right of the browser which you can click and see various options. One of the them is Frequently Asked Questions which currently points to this page https://www.eff.org/privacybadger. If you go there and scroll down a bit there is a button that says 'Install Privacy Badger and Enable Do Not Track
*Click here for Chrome version*'.
If you click for the Chrome version you get to a page to install it and if your browser isn't the Chrome you get a warning to install Google Chrome.

Is this a violation of GNU Free Software Distribution Guidelines or is it too extreme?

SuperTramp83

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As far as I understand Privacy Badger or more precisely its website **recommends** non free software. IMHO that is a direct violation of the FSDG.

root_vegetable
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I'm not sure how it recommends non-free software. They produce an add-on for various proprietary and non-proprietary browsers. How is that different from, say, how GNU Emacs was ported to Windows?

tdlnx

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I don't believe it's a violation as it's not requiring you to install Chrome, but the option is there for people who have not yet made a switch to a 100% libre browser or distribution.

Sort of like how Notepad++ is libre software, but it's only available for Windows. IMHO that doesn't make it a bad program or violate any guidelines, it's just libre software for a non-free operating system.

I may be going about this the wrong way, please let me know if I'm actually wrong in my thinking.

SuperTramp83

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Hm, you're right, I actually went to the site now (have had no time when I wrote that so I trusted the OP's word) and there is no wrongdoing other than the usual offer for all pltaforms.

Magic Banana

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Are you suggesting a modification of the extension without the link to the FAQ?

albertoefg
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Privacy Badger can be installed on IceCat and it is also part of the list of extensions that the Free Software Foundation support

https://directory.fsf.org/wiki/Privacy_Badger

If you are worried there is a Download option in that link that allows you to install privacy badger from the server of the free software foundation

mixalis_t
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I just wanted to get a few opinions on this. I think it's fine.

albertoefg
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Yes :)