I am sick and tired of constantly reviewing settings in web browsers to see if they have snuck in some new tracking mechanism that I get to disable because "your privacy is important to us".
I am sick and tired of all the black UX that goes into this, like opt out instead of opt in, or at least providing top level choices like, say, Fuck NO I'd NEVER EVER Like You To Track ANYTHING Now And In Every Perceivable Future. Like sync'ing every setting in your profile except tracking related settings, because hey that way you might by mistake opt out of tracking on another installation where you really wanted to be tracked. The list goes on and on.
Browsers are critical infrastructure and clearly an open source stamp on them fails in itself to provide any meaningful shield towards capitalist subversion.
I'd like a browser with a license that explicitly rules out *any* kind of commercial entity or interest contributing or directing development.
@Retrograde I wish some of the few alternative browsers could partake of some of the addon ecosystem. There are just a few that I need to cut over entirely.
@drwho @Retrograde Once I get back to Odysseus, I'll make sure to support content blocker, userscript, userstyle, & share extensions. Then next round I'll throw support in for searching multiple preconfigured search engines simultaneously, and be at a loss at what to do next. Maybe hand the project off to someone else...
If you want something more, I can recommend some projects to tackle which all WebKitGTK-based browsers could share.
The second would be a curated addons repository...
I do know that this has to be a WebKitGTK extension though, so maybe if you're interested in establishing a curated addons center that could help this be more than an Odysseus thing?
Don't know if it does either, as I use pass, and then various things to deal with it (wayland only here, so it's sort of a lot of bemenu -> pick -> stuff in copy buffer ) but I do know of https://github.com/passff/passff which is a plugin for firefox that can query the https://github.com/passff/passff-host program (wrapper for the pass shell command) and work directly with firefox.
That methodology / source may be helpful in determining what might be needed to do this for other password systems that have command line equivalents.
Pass is basically a wrapper around gnupg (and the main reason why setting it up is a bit wonky; gnupg is just "wait what?" most of the time and the documentation is just very "gnu doesn't care about anything but licensing" (not true but boy you sure can make a case for it based on loads of gnu things)
@Retrograde such browsers exist. But it's damn near impossible to navigate web sites with them that themselves profit from all the tracking and stuff. 😡
@fedops It is true that most the "modern web" is built as a behavioral surplus mining industry and this is a real problem in itself that requires addressing as well.
However, the concept of being able to navigate information resources on the web is not tied to that and there are still islands in the net, though rarely surfaced in today's search engines which are merely sales channels.
The browser is the platform that enables accessing this kind of information and you should at least be able to trust that tool to not be an intrinsic part of the behavioral data robbing industry.
@Retrograde completely agree.
Most of the information resources I visit are navigable with privacy respecting browsers such as Firefox with privacy addons or Privacy Browser on Android. Trackers are blocked, JS is disabled.
When it comes to online bookings or purchases, some sites such as Ebay can be handled in FF containers with 1st party JS enabled.
Everything else must be done e.g. in ungoogled-chromium. That requires removing all stored data at the end of the session.
@Retrograde Browser: "Hello Sir. We value your privacy! What would you like as a default search engine? – Say no word! - We have a perfect suggestion to go with right away. We're sure Google will do just fine."
@Retrograde what's even worse, these browsers are slowly becoming chrome-only.. whatever it's called, it's got the core from google.. don't be evil? LOL .. and the only competitor, firefox, by default already sends data to some "partners".. well, everyone has to make a living somehow.. the problem is, as you write, the browser is the core application..
@meeper @Retrograde Personally I'm tackling a noJS subset of the web, and it looks to me like there's something very salvagable. At the very least this'd help move existing text to a new platform... But I welcome others to tackle the problem however they see best!
I kind of like CSS, there's some good ideas there & for what I'm doing I'd really rather webdevs didn't try to achieve the same thing in an HTML-equivalent!
@meeper That absurd level of complexity is of course an issue with the, cough, "modern web" as well, but of course a group of people can collaborate to develop a browser without the goal being commercial interest.
have fun trying to make your own browser. it would be comparible in difficulty to doing another apollo project
@neo What makes you think I am suggesting that? Of course a group of people can develop a browser without it being driven by commercial interest. Mozilla used to be one such group - it could be others.
I'll go further
One or two weekends without football in the US alone is enough effort to get a working web browser/apollo program up
The amount of effort that is wasted ever year on Netflix/MPAA movies is staggeringly high, and only an insignificant fraction of that will give you what you want here
What's missing is people valuing a free and surveillance free, ethical, safe, highly engineered, reproducibly building critical infrastructure
and you can get there from here
@Retrograde I've given up that particular fight about a year ago, and we're out of alternatives. Web browsers today are application platforms, not user agents. And most recent-ish developments feel like they have been about fortifying the former role, with all the complexity that brings.
Gemini is probably right in the regard that the Web with its constant standards creep is not salvageable, but at the same time I think it's too limited in scope and not ambitious enough to be of much help.
@Retrograde I just wanted to say that Gemini might be the solution but I see you are already on the platform! Yet your server is not reachable atm.
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