[Dev] Let's revert and move changes introduced by bugs #645 and #677 on Iceweasel

Isaac David isacdaavid at isacdaavid.info
Sun Nov 1 23:10:59 GMT 2015

My 2 cents: I think Shackra is right. To me the distinction between 
explicitly partnering with a bad service (like Mozilla did) vs only 
using a bad service that already existed (MSN) is largely irrelevant as 
far as privacy recommendations are concerned. Sure, intentions matter 
unless you are a consequentialist, but both scenarios are equally 
unacceptable for privacy. I would discourage Shackra from using MSN as 
much as Firefox Hello.

This is not equivalent to saying the current Icecat and Iceweasel 
packages don't comply with the policy or something. They clearly are OK 
and I appreciate Emulatorman or whoever did it for washing that Mozilla 
mess away, but there's room for moving them to [nonprism] if somebody 
wants to maintain a less stripped-down version in [libre].


Le dim. 1 nov. 2015 à 10:33, Florian Pelz <pelzflorian at pelzflorian.de> 
a écrit :
> libre is for free software

Not just [libre], all the Parabola repositories strive to contain only 
free software. What [libre] really is for is modifications or 
replacements for Arch packages bearing freedom issues (not all of them. 
The blacklist documents which ones get fixed in [libre] and which ones 
we completely discard. your-freedom is built from the blacklist). 
[libre] also contains a few original packages that would rather stay in 
[core] or [extra] if they came from Arch.

> Then again, some things on the libre blacklist are blacklisted because
> of support for Skype / non-privacy search engines / ….
> What I want is no SaaSS. Right now the description of nonprism in the
> Wiki isn't very clear ("nonprism contains packages provided by the
> Parabola community without services under global data surveillance
> programs like PRISM.") and I'm not sure its policy is what I want, 
> even
> though the de facto changes are what I want.
>>  SSAS is evil, but if Firefox Hello falls in such category, as some 
>> are suggesting, then it seems to me that any XMPP service should too.
> For XMPP, you can choose which provider to use, like e-mail. You can
> switch to a different provider whenever you want to. You can also host
> your own. XMPP is not as restrictive as Hello.

[nonprism] does not actually deal with SaaSS, much less it 
discriminates networking programs that give you "choice" of service 
providers from those which don't. It really only does what you read in 
the Wiki. your-privacy bans perfectly free software packages known to 
use online services which in turn are known to engage in mass 
surveillance; and [nonprism] patches some or all of those packages so 
that you can use them without worrying. Yet if you want to avoid SaaSS 
then activating [nonprism] is a reasonable step in that direction 
because of the correlation between SaaSS and mass surveillance. 
However, [nonprism] doesn't guarantee you that even the most obscure 
free software client program meant to be used with SaaSS will be 
blacklisted. There's nothing a distro can do to make sure the user 
never connects to SaaSS; you still need to think about your online 

It's also worth pointing out that online communications don't strictly 
classify as SaaSS because while they are services and potential privacy 
threats they don't substitute local computing. Communication is a joint 

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