Internet stał się tym czym jest, stał się takim światem w miniaturze dzięki dobrowolnemu zaangażowaniu zwykłych ludzi, dzięki brakowi regulacji. I to was boli, bo rozwój internatu jest przykładem tego, jak mógłby się rozwijać nasz świat, gdyby nie te wszystkie wasze regulacje, gdyby nie ten ciężki plecak przepisów i podatków który każdy z nas musi na co dzień dźwigać. Internet to jest po prostu ostatni bastion wolności i to wam nie daje spać, bo to jest dowód na to, że wszystkie wasze regulacje i te rozporządzenia, dyrektywy, są tak naprawdę zbędne i szkodliwe i świat bez tego rozwijałby się lepiej, rozwijałby się dokładnie tak jak Internet, że gdyby nie te wasze właśnie ambitne plany, wartości dodane, efekty dźwigni, wysyłanie silnych sygnałów, to wszystko, żyłoby się nam po prostu lepiej i prościej. Dlatego próbujecie to zniszczyć, dlatego próbujecie wsadzić stopę w drzwi za każdym razem kiedy pojawia się okazja. Ale my nie chcemy waszej nogi w tych drzwiach. Teraz cofacie się o parę centymetrów, bo ludzie protestują, ale my nie chcemy was tam w ogóle, nie chcemy waszych regulacji, nie chcemy waszych łap w Internacie. To działa dobrze, twórczość rozwija się w Internecie bez żadnych waszych regulacji.
Interent has become what it is, it has become a miniature world due to the voluntary involvement of ordinary people, thanks to the lack of regulation. And this hurts you, because the development of the Intenet is an example of how our world could develop, without all your regulations, without this heavy backpack of regulations and taxes that each of us must carry on a daily basis. The internet is simply the last bastion of freedom and this is the thing that doesn't let you sleep, because it is proof that all your regulations and those ordinances, directives, they are really unnecessary and harmful and the world would develop better without it, it would develop exactly like the Internet, that if it weren't for your ambitious plans, added values, leverage effects, sending strong signals, then everyone would have lived just better and simpler. That's why you try to destroy it, that's why you try to stick your foot in the door whenever there is an opportunity. But we don't want your leg in our door. Now you are retreating a few centimeters because people are protesting, but we don't want you there at all, we don't want your regulations, we don’t want your hands in the Internet. It works well, creativity develops on the Internet without any of your regulations.
Time in Firefox
I love Firefox, it's reasonably secure, private, customizable, and most importantly it's different. In the world of Google's reign this is a big plus. You can be sure that the one spying on you will be at most Mozilla "anonymous data collection" ;P Recently with upgrade to version 68.8.0 I have experienced weird image artifacts: some favicons on tabs were replaced with white squares and random images would have artifacts on them. The whole YouTube website had pink & green distorted thumbnails. I have experienced this behavior on my T440 Thinkpad (Intel GPU) laptop and my desktop with Nvidia. I had posted this under a bug report of another user who experienced weird behavior on some websites with the 68.8.0 version of Firefox here. With update to 76.0.1 I was logged off from all the websites and my stylus themes got deleted (luckily i had a backup). The 76.0.1 searchabr is absolutely hideous, it feels like something made for a Windows tablet. The artifacts still remained on 76.0.1. So i decided to give Waterfox a shot.
Experience part 0
Lest talk about pre-experience; keep in mind that this is really not a good comparison. Waterfox in not available in the main gentoo repository, but using "eix -R Waterfox" I was able to find it in the poly-c overlay (overlays are similar to AUR in Arch). The only hiccup i had during compilation was to be expected. There is a problem with the "-fno-common" flag being turned on by default in GCC 10, so for some builds you have to turn "-fcommon" on. Other than that the compilation went smoothly, it took 37 minutes 43 seconds on first run which is ridiculous compared to Firefox which takes approximately 1 hour on my 4-core development machine.
I only want you to think of Chrome or Chromium - they are produced by the biggest advertising company in the world. So yes, Waterfox seems like a lesser evil, but you can always dive in and block any or all malicious connections with /etc/hosts and packet filters (yes i know this is not ideal). Lets confront some statements on spyware watchdog
Waterfox connects to spyware services when it is first run
Same as Firefox. It may not do that if you import your own profile (haven't tested that though).
Waterfox has a communication problem
I wanted to read the "policy" - link doesn't work - https://www.waterfox.net/en-US/privacy/waterfox/ Contents of the linked webpage:
Waterfox "phones home" with information about your computer whenever you start it up
Waterfox offers spyware search engines to its users and uses Bing as its default search engine
That is literally the first change I do on my browsers.
Waterfox sends all website notifications through Mozilla's servers
So does Firefox…
Waterfox is integrated into the "Firefox Accounts" spyware platform
You don't have to use it. With Waterfox I stopped to.
Waterfox is self updating software
It is not as much as Discord is. Discord as a example will refuse to connect to the server if its version is too low. You can still run outdated Waterfox if you wish to. Also those updates will be disabled if you use the ebuilds. This is mostly used only on Windows… and if you use your Windows you probably know what you signed up for.
I do not question the legitimacy of Spyware Watchdog's statements. I just compare them with my own habits and thoughts. For me Waterfox == Firefox spyware level. Keep in mind that Firefox introduced more questionable integrated services in new releases.
Small things that make me happy
I was very impressed to find some cool features in Waterfox:
- it's menu is compatible "global menu" on KDE Plasma - i was very surprised by this; this thing is mostly sound on chromium-based applications (the damned electron) and QT applications
- better theming - Waterfox uses the old Firefox theme by default with "smooth" tabs
- most addons just work - uBlock Origin, Decentraleyes, Plasma Integration, Smart HTTPS, SpanTree - GitLab Tree and Stylus work fine
- it's Firefox as you knew it; I missed the good old Firefox ;)
- back-ported security settings - container tabs work!
Is this worth it?
Absolutely. In my opinion Waterfox is a great browser that I can live in. Maybe consider giving Waterfox a shot if you are not as much into security as Spyware Watchdog people are and want reasonable compromise.