This week’s episode of Destination Linux, we’re going to discuss the topic of Mozilla Firefox and whether we can stop it’s continued decline. Then we’re going to discuss the literal game changer, and the device that has everyone looking at Linux in a big way. Yes, its Steamy news about the Steam Deck, and there are some awesome videos and sneak peeks we are excited to talk about! Plus we’ve also got our famous tips, tricks and software picks. All of this and so much more this week on Destination Linux. So whether you’re brand new to Linux and open source or a guru of sudo. This is the podcast for you.
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- 00:00:00 = Welcome to DL 247
- 00:01:08 = Community Feedback: Importance of Backups
- 00:06:32 = How To Send In Feedback
- 00:06:53 = DigitalOcean: App Platform ( https://do.co/dln )
- 00:08:56 = Is Firefox Slowly Dying? Can It Be Saved?
- 00:35:55 = Bitwarden Password Manager ( https://bitwarden.com/dln )
- 00:37:39 = The Steam Deck Is Already Having An Impact On Linux Desktop
- 00:49:34 = Linux Gaming: SkateBIRD
- 00:54:46 = Software Spotlight: Wormhole.app
- 00:57:10 = Tip of the Week: apropos (discover terminal commands)
- 00:59:25 = Linux Events: SeaGL & Fedora 35 Beta Testing
- 01:01:26 = Outro
Tip of the Week:
- GUIs are great because they are explorable
- CLI is great becuase it’s quicker and more efficient
- Get the best out of both worlds with apropos
apropos “list directory”
apropos “find files by name”
The talk about Firefox saddened me a lot, it was really sad, I defend Firefox but yeah, its getting harder by the day
It is looking more and more dire.
I recently installed Vivaldi to have a just-in-case dip into the chromium world, as it seems to be the best of the bunch in terms of privacy browsers. And I say this as someone who never switched to Chrome when it came out - been on Firefox since it was Phoenix!
Just fork the code?
In response to Noah’s statement. A modern competitive browser is not only complex in the extreme and constantly having to support new standards, it also has to interpret somtimes gigs of code written by random people on a daily basis making it a huge easily accessible attack surface.
There’s only a limited supply of people with time-earned expertise to work on something like that, they’re in extremely high demand and you need a lot of them.
A fork of that magnitude won’t produce a secure competitior unless it’s taken on by a major corporation that hires a lot of the former FF developers.
Would you pay for a browser?
A paid browser is a serious problem.
That isn’t to say it should be free but it shouldn’t come at the cost of those who have less, FOSS, journalists and so on… Wikipedia’s model is pretty good and things like just having a colorful icon for the app got me to pay for Plumble. There’s a lot of avenues for funding.
I also just wanted to give my respect to DL, it’s expensive to criticize a hero.
You could minimize amount on work need on fork, by limiting your chances to disabling unwanted features and then integrate all changes that are integrated into Firefox’s master, making sure those features keep being disabled.
All that resource-consuming work will be copied from Firefox. Making a fork still won’t be easy, but should be totally meanable by small team.
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