when Firefox package will be replaced with Waterfox?

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when Firefox package will be replaced with Waterfox?

Postby nitrofurano » 2018-05-27 16:05

Sorry that i don’t know where to ask this question - since it’s about packages in the repository, i guess it’s the right place to ask...

Since that controversy about Firefox coming with DRM, and we all software-libre users are mostly very concerned about DRM-based abuses, and Debian seems to be focused on packaging GPL-compatible packages, i guess Firefox being in the Debian’s repository an issue that made a lot of Debian users (like me) very uncomfortable about

For example, at /etc/apt/preferences i simply have:
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Package: <firefox>
Pin: origin ""
Pin-Priority: -1

for making sure that Firefox installation is blocked for me (it seems to work fine up to now....)

Meanwhile, i have seen that there are people concerned about Firefox’s source code cleaning and scrutiny, and starting fork projects like Waterfox

So, how soon are we going to see Waterfox replacing Firefox in the repository?
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Re: when Firefox package will be replaced with Waterfox?

Postby cronoik » 2018-05-27 20:01

nitrofurano wrote:So, how soon are we going to see Waterfox replacing Firefox in the repository?

Probably not because of that. Firefox is just offering an EME-API and that doesn't violates the debian requirements.
Please see also the explaination at: https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugrepo ... bug=837091
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Re: when Firefox package will be replaced with Waterfox?

Postby debiman » 2018-05-29 01:34

"when" or "if"...

and why should it be replaced with waterfox, of all the half-baked alternatives?

it's notheing new that firefox is going down that road, and if debian is using it, means it uses in a way that still adheres to their requirements (free and open, social contract etc.).

no need to float your favorite browser.
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Re: when Firefox package will be replaced with Waterfox?

Postby stevepusser » 2018-05-29 16:27

What controversy? FF doesn't ship with it; it asks you if it's OK to download and use DRM if you go to a site that wants it. Just say no if you don't want it. That's it.

Anyone that complains about that is just looking for ways to be offended, IMO.
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