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Browsers: Chromium, Tor, and Firefox

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  • Enable H264 On Chromium And Firefox In Fedora Silverblue

    After installing Fedora Silverblue 33, I noticed that the videos are not playing in browsers. Especially, the videos in social networks like Facebook and Twitter are not playing. Because some multimedia codecs like H.264 are not installed by default in Silverblue. In this quick tutorial, let me show you how to enable H264 on Chromium and Firefox in Fedora Silverblue 33.

  • New Release: Tor Browser 10.5a13

    Tor Browser 10.5a13 is now available from the Tor Browser Alpha download page and also from our distribution directory.

    Note: This is an alpha release, an experimental version for users who want to help us test new features. For everyone else, we recommend downloading the latest stable release instead.

  • Mozilla Explains: Cookies and supercookies [Ed: Mozilla posing as privacy]

    Cross-site tracking cookies are stored on your computer by websites you visit. They’re inserted by data collection firms, advertising networks and analytics companies — third parties that use cookies to track you, profile you, and retarget you with ads. Tracking cookies follow you from site to site to follow what you do online and report back to their owners, those third parties.

    Tracking cookies can hitch a ride through ads, social media (like the “like” button), tracking pixels (a tiny image tucked into the website code) and scripts in the background. So as you’re browsing summer footwear trends, tracking cookies are taking notes, passing that information over to their owners who may in turn blast you with ads for sandals and beach vacation packages when you browse elsewhere on the web.

    As people are getting smarter about blocking and deleting tracking cookies, ad technology companies are turning to other data collection and tracking methods like supercookies.

Web Browser Performance Round-Up April 2021

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We benchmarked Brave, Chromium, Firefox, MS Edge, Midori, Naver, Otter, Opera and SeaMonkey to see which web browser provides the best performance on modern machines running GNU/Linux distributions. The numbers reveal that there is little difference since most modern browsers are merely Chromium-skins using the same rendering engine. Firefox and SeaMonkey are different, yet they are in the same performance-ballpark in everything except graphics-intensive applications. They are really bad in that particular area.

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Web Browsers: New Web Browser, TenFourFox, SeaMonkey in EasyOS

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  • If You Care About Privacy, It’s Time to Try a New Web Browser

    By the end of this column, I hope to persuade you to at least try something else: a new type of [Internet] navigator called a private browser. This kind of browser, from less-known brands like DuckDuckGo and Brave, has emerged over the last three years. What stands out is that they minimize the data gathered about us by blocking the technologies used to track us.

  • Cameron Kaiser: TenFourFox FPR32b1 available

    I decided not to post this on April Fools Day since a lot of people were hoping the last post was a mistimed April Fools prank, and it wasn't. For one thing, I've never worked that hard on an April Fools joke, even the time when I changed the printer READY messages all over campus to say INSERT FIVE CENTS.

    Anyway, the beta for the final TenFourFox Feature Parity Release, FPR32, is now available (downloads, hashes, release notes). This release adds another special preference dialogue for auto reader view, allowing you to automatically jump to reader view for subpages or all pages of domains you enter. I also updated Readability, the underlying Reader View library, to the current tip and also refreshed the ATSUI font blocklist. It will become final on or about April 20 parallel to Firefox 88.

    I received lots of kind messages which I have been replying to. Many people appreciated that they could use their hardware for longer, even if they themselves are no longer using their Power Macs, and I even heard about a iMac G4 that is currently a TenFourFox-powered kiosk. I'm willing to bet there are actually a number of these systems hauled out of the closet easily serving such purposes by displaying a ticker or dashboard that can be tweaked to render quickly.

  • SeaMonkey 2.53.7 compiled for EasyOS Dunfell x86_64

    Planning to release EasyOS 2.6.2 Dunfell series soon, which will have this SM.

  • WWW: Chromium, Firefox, and Tor

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    • Chromium monoculture marches on

      What’s the situation half a year later? Mixed, but the trajectory is clearly downwards. Three new sites that Clara and I frequent either mandate Chrome, or recommend it. Two further sites don’t mention Chrome, but specific functions no longer work. We raise complaints with the bank or site operators pointing out the accessibility concerns of their exclusionary designs, and how they’re in breach of their own charters and industry guidelines. But this needs to be a concerted effort, just as we all did before.

    • Mozilla Security Blog: Firefox 87 trims HTTP Referrers by default to protect user privacy

      We are pleased to announce that Firefox 87 will introduce a stricter, more privacy-preserving default Referrer Policy. From now on, by default, Firefox will trim path and query string information from referrer headers to prevent sites from accidentally leaking sensitive user data.

    • New Release: Tor Browser 10.5a12 (Android Only)

      Tor Browser 10.5a12 is now available from the Tor Browser Alpha download page and also from our distribution directory.

      Note: This is an alpha release, an experimental version for users who want to help us test new features. For everyone else, we recommend downloading the latest stable release for Android instead.

    Daniel Stenberg: curl is 23 years old today

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    curl’s official birthday was March 20, 1998. That was the day the first ever tarball was made available that could build a tool named curl. I put it together and I called it curl 4.0 since I kept the version numbering from the previous names I had used for the tool. Or rather, I bumped it up from 3.12 which was the last version I used under the previous name: urlget.

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    The GNU Project Is Looking For Volunteers To Write Free JavaScript Replacements For Non-Free Web Apps

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    Most modern websites run lots and lots of non-free JavaScript programs in your web browser when you visit them. The GNU project would very much like to replace these non-free programs with free ones. They are looking for volunteers to help out with this enormous undertaking.

    The world wide web used to be a simple text-based hypertext system. It quickly involved into a place where the majority of websites serve small programs in JavaScript or, more recently, WebAssembly. These tiny, and sometimes large, web applications do a wide range of things like web browser fingerprinting, stealthy tracking, crypto-currency mining and, on a tiny minority of websites on the modern web, mostly useful things. JavaScirpt provides the editor functionality for those who want to fix spelling errors, grammar and other mistakes on this website (the desktop version has a fine Edit button).

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    Open-Source Substack Alternative Ghost Adds More New Features With the Release of Version 4.0

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    Ghost is an impressive open-source CMS. We also utilize it for our ethical web portal (Linux Handbook) that focuses on the server-side of Linux.

    Ghost 3.0 was an interesting release back in 2019. Now, they’ve recently announced the next major release, Ghost 4.0 after almost 18 months in the making. Of course, COVID-19 pandemic is to blame for the delay.

    But, now that it’s here, and is a major release, let us take a quick look at what it has to offer.

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    Browser Called Flow

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    • For the first time in years, someone is building a web browser from scratch

      The Cambridge, U.K.-based company is developing a browser called Flow, and unlike the vast majority of browsers that have arrived in recent years, it’s not based on Google’s Chromium or Apple’s WebKit open-source code. Instead, Flow is starting with a blank slate and building its own rendering engine. Its goal is to make web-based apps run smoothly even on cheap microcomputers such as the Raspberry Pi.

      There’s a reason companies don’t do this anymore: Experts say building new browsers isn’t worth the trouble when anyone can just modify the work that Apple and Google are doing. But if Flow succeeds, it could rethink the way we browse the web and open the door to cheaper gadgets. That at least seems like a goal worth pursuing.

    • [Old] Spyglass, a Pioneer, Learns Hard Lessons About Microsoft

      But in December 1995, when Mr. Gates announced that Microsoft was shifting its product development to ''embrace and extend'' the Internet, he also said Microsoft would be giving its browser away. A byproduct was that the Spyglass browser licensing revenue quickly disappeared, as smaller Internet software companies went out of business and many big customers shifted to Microsoft's free browser.

    • [Old] Shining Time For Spyglass

      Mosaic is especially suited for the World Wide Web, a part of the Internet loaded with complex graphics, color pictures and sound, says Jay Batson, an analyst with Forrester Research Inc. in Cambridge, Mass. The WWW or "Web," as it is called, is seen by industry analysts as the most powerful commercial component of the Internet because of the potential to sell and deliver products like music, video and software directly to computer users.

      "Spyglass is really well-positioned to take advantage of the explosion of the Internet and the World Wide Web," said Batson, "This World Wide Web stuff is growing so fast, it's unbelievable."

    • The first version of Internet Explorer borrowed from the source code of what other web browser?

      In 1994, Microsoft licensed Spyglass Mosaic for a quarterly fee plus a percentage of Microsoft's non-Windows revenues. However, the OS developer attempted to avoid those royalties by including Internet Explorer 1.5 for free in Windows NT, concluding in a lawsuit and an $8 million payout in January 1997.

    Web Browsers: Vivaldi, Brave, Flow and Tor

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    • Vroom, Vroom: Vivaldi Browser Gets a Serious Speed Boost

      Google Chrome recently talked up its performance enhancements on Windows, macOS and Android, now Vivaldi it taking its turn.

      The latest version of this Chromium-based browser is here and its makers say it’s faster than ever: browser tabs open twice as fast as in previous versions, while new windows open 26% faster than before.

      Stats were gleaned from tests using internal benchmarks conducted on an Ubuntu PC with a 2 GHz Intel Core i3 CPU and 4 GB RAM. While Vivaldi hasn’t benchmarked its browser comparative to others, (i.e. Vivaldi is faster than before but not necessarily faster than, say Chrome), those who use it are sure to be thrilled nonetheless.

    • Vivaldi Browser 3.7 Released With Significant Performance Improvements - It's FOSS News

      Even though Vivaldi Browser is not entirely an open-source browser, it offers proper Linux support by offering both DEB and RPM packages to install it.

      It may not be the most popular choice but it is still an impressive browser that lets you enhance your productivity by easily managing the tabs and windows that you’ve launched. Not just limited to that, it also keeps an eye on its performance efficiency so that it presents a better experience overall when compared to Google Chrome.

      Now, as per a recent press release, it looks like Vivaldi has made some significant performance improvements. And, surprisingly, they claim that their test results were based on a system running Ubuntu 18.04 with 2 GHz Intel Core i3 CPU and 4 GB RAM as the hardware configuration.

    • Brave - Privacy-focused Web Browser

      Brave is an open-source Chromium-based, privacy-focused, and cross-platform web browser. It has almost all the features that popular web browsers such as Chrome and Firefox have with additional protection against ads, online surveillance, and more.


      Brave team did an interesting test to find which web browser performs better. In the test, it compared Brave with Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and Edge on Windows, MacOS, and Android. In the test, it found that Brave opened popular sites 3 to 6 times faster, consumed about half system memory & power, and a third of data usage. You can read the full report in this article.

      If you browse with Brave regularly, it shows you interesting information, the number of trackers brave blocked, internet bandwidth & time saved while browsing the Internet.

      Being based on Chromium web browser, users can install all their favorite extensions. Brave team also checks extensions and warns users if they try to install an extension that they have not checked yet.

    • Flow Browser, a Raspberry Pi optimized web browser for HMI

      We asked the company to run some tests and benchmarks for us. First starting with score being 332 points for Flow compared to Chromium’s 471 on the Raspberry Pi 400. Ekioh explained that some of the features of a standard web browser may not be needed for HMI use cases. It’s not too bad as sites like the Guardian, Wikipedia, Twitter, The Register can apparently render just fine, and so is CNX Software.

    • New releases (with security fixes): Tor,, and

      We have a new stable release today. If you build Tor from source, you can download the source code for on the download page. Packages should be available within the next several weeks, with a new Tor Browser coming next week.

      Also today, Tor (changelog) and Tor (changelog) have also been released; you can find them (and source for older Tor releases) at

    WordPress extortion – we are moving!

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    WE REFUSE TO SUCCUMB TO THE BLACKMAIL BY WORDPRESS.COM and we will not write another article other than this notice and a note of where we have moved to in protest to the blackmail WORDPRESS.COM is using upon us. How is this for advertising?

    For some months now wordpress introduced a very horrible way to edit, which I am using now, and made it really hard to start a document, then exit, then edit it with the traditional very functional editor they now call Classic.

    Since not enough people I suppose adopted it or bought a subscription to the site, they now removed the classic editor and made it available as an “addon” feature to the paying subscribers. Decisions about “how to make money” are hardly challenged by logical/rational arguments, they are solely made by the money maker.

    If hundreds and hundreds of readers every day of the year who visited this site, getting exposed to all this wordpress advertising, wasn’t enough of payment to provide us with “classic editing” then we must make out own decisions and somehow end this relationship before it turns more abusive and exploitative.

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