Guix tips : Icecat dark mode

2022-10-28

Icecat ?

Icecat[1] is a web browser based on Firefox. Here, quoted from the GNU website:

GNU IceCat is the GNU version of the Firefox browser. Its main advantage is an ethical one: it is entirely free software. While the Firefox source code from the Mozilla project is free software, they distribute and recommend nonfree software as plug-ins and addons. Also their trademark license imposes requirements for the distribution of modified versions that make it inconvenient to exercise freedom 3.

This browser comes with privacy protection features and some extensions already installed:

Icecat

Dark mode

Even if you setup Icecat to be dark and to ask for dark web pages, you will be disapointed. The fingerprinting countermeasures will not allow icecat to go to the dark side.

At the end, if you can't surf the internet without the dark mode and want to use Icecat, you will have to disable the fingerprint countermeasures and go to "about:config", search for the key "privacy.resistFingerprinting" and set it to false. And, voilà "Welcome to the dark side!".

So, dark mode and privacy seem to can’t stand together. What a pity!

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