GNU IceCat is the GNU version of the Firefox browser, a lot of people know this browser but it seems few used. It is a free software like Mozilla Firefox but Icecat main advantage is the ethical one because does not distribute and recommend non-free software as plug-ins and addons.
As GNUzilla website reports
GNU IceCat includes some privacy protection features, included in a
Some sites refer to zero-size images on other hosts to keep track of cookies. When IceCat detects this mechanism it blocks cookies from the site hosting the zero-length image file. (It is possible to re-enable such a site by removing it from the blocked hosts list.) Other sites rewrite the host name in links redirecting the user to another site, mainly to “spy” on clicks. When this behavior is detected, IceCat shows a message alerting the user.
You can try these new features in action here.
Also four extensions are included to the latest version of IceCat:
- GNU LibreJS
GNU LibreJS is part of the GNU Project. It is released under the GNU
General Public License version 3 or later.
- The IceCat Privacy Extension
The Privacy Extension is released under the GNU General Public
License version 3 or later.
Released under the GNU General Public License 2 or later. See
license file located at
- Request Policy
Blocks third party requests.
At a first contact with this browser, all security tools can seem very annoying in spite of very high level of control on the web navigation
wish-lists and customized permissions make the web experiences more “normal”.
How to install Icecat (Fedora 20)
Until now, icecat has not ever been available in Fedora; I hope this can happen and for this reason I’m trying to package icecat as best I can.
In the meantime, if you want to try it, there are its RPMs in Koji http://koji.fedoraproject.org/koji/taskinfo?taskID=6361990 or you can get it by Copr:
# cd /etc/yum.repos.d # wget http://copr-fe.cloud.fedoraproject.org/coprs/sagitter/Icecat/repo/fedora-20-i386/ -O copr-icecat.repo # yum install icecat
Let me know what you think.