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Postby debiantu » 2017-04-16 14:03

Hello all,

Just read the following article about IceCat's new release.
http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=n ... 2-Released

I know Debian has switched to Firefox after so long using IceCat or IceWeasel (not sure of the differences) but from what I read about IceCat - it sounds like a good thing to keep your privacy and what not.

IceCat is completely free and would qualify to be in the main repo but it's not there. Why doesn't Debian have IceCat for people who want to use that browser?

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Re: IceCat

Postby GarryRicketson » 2017-04-16 15:31

This question has been asked before, and is answered here:
http://forums.debian.net/viewtopic.php?f=30&t=125193

You aren't missing anything. Nobody has packaged icecat or gnuzilla for Debian and therefore it isn't in the officialy repositories.


Of course if you or some one else wanted to package it and maintain it, etc,...
I suppose that is possible.

https://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/distribute-deb/distribute-deb.html

You could also ask them, at: https://www.gnu.org/software/gnuzilla/
Why they don't package it, and add it to the Debian repositories,...
My guess is, they prefer to make it available to all linux users, regardless of the
distro they use,
from: https://www.gnu.org/software/gnuzilla/ Downloads

Official releases of IceCat are available from ftp.gnu.org, or any GNU mirror. Please use a mirror if possible. Besides the sources, binary releases for GNU/Linux (32 and 64 bit) are available.

IceCat is generated from Firefox with the scripts available at http://git.savannah.gnu.org/cgit/gnuzilla.git.
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Re: IceCat

Postby HuangLao » 2017-04-16 16:54

You can just as easily download and install the binary and run from your /home .....
https://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/gnuzilla/52.0.2/
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Re: IceCat

Postby debiantu » 2017-04-17 01:25

Thank you to both GarryRicketson and HuangLao for your replies.

I tried Icecat in my own home directory and it works very well. One just has to check to see if there's a new version of the program, download it and replace the old with the new.

Cheers!
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Re: IceCat

Postby stevepusser » 2017-04-18 02:42

I'm trying to build some packages on the OBS: https://build.opensuse.org/package/show ... Cat/icecat

Let's see what happens...though I have read that Icecat doesn't add any privacy features that can't be enabled in Firefox by a user in a few minutes.
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Re: IceCat

Postby stevepusser » 2017-09-25 20:14

For what it's worth, I did manage to build Icecat packages from source (340 MB source tarball!) on the OBS, and just upgraded them to 52.3.

https://software.opensuse.org/download. ... age=icecat
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Re: IceCat

Postby fmp » 2017-09-29 23:16

stevepusser wrote:For what it's worth, I did manage to build Icecat packages from source (340 MB source tarball!) on the OBS, and just upgraded them to 52.3.

https://software.opensuse.org/download. ... age=icecat

thanks for taking the time to do this!
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