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It’s our show from FOSS Talk Live! After KDE, Firefox, GMail, and Stadia in the news, missed opportunities for FOSS and how we can seize the next one.
Google Browser Control via DRM; Use Firefox & block fingerprinting while you’re at it and trackers
GMail Confidential Mode to be on by default for G Suite users
We all knew that privacy would be the next big market in computing but once again we have failed to capitalise. Apple has cornered that market now. We keep missing opportunities like Vista and Windows 8. How do we prepare for the next opportunity, spot it early, and strike at the right time?
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In this episode, someone called for Mozilla to containerize every single website so that cross-site tracking stops working. Firefox actually has this feature built-in and it’s called First-Party Isolation (FPI). It’s a very effective tool and is enabled by default in the Tor Browser.
There isn’t even an option to enable it in Firefox because they don’t want to expose their users to checkboxes that break the product.
The problem with FPI is that it breaks social logins, chat widgets, and other services that website visitors expect to work. When these things work in Chrome then there is obviously something wrong with Firefox. It’s also slower and consumes more bandwidth as websites can no longer share a cache with webfonts, common scripting libraries, and the like.
RMS is far from irrelevant. The man deserves a lot of respect.