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Purebrowser supports installation of addons, and promotes in several ways the Mozilla addons service, which features both free and non-free add-ons.

Previous releases of PureBrowser (releases based on Debian Iceweasel) linked at some places to the FSF addon web page

PureBrowser should not promote external external addons, to avoid implcitly promoting non-free code, and to avoid leaking user data to third-parties.

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ezs777 created this task.Jan 17 2018, 02:39

Also, check the link on the Purebrowser Start Page; it links to the same Firefox add-ons site.

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Thanks for reporting these things.

Please file each issue separately - that is easier to track (and also easy to merge later if not needing separation).

If Firefox is also installed on the system, the PureBrowser FSF add-ons pages becomes the normal Firefox add-ons page instead.

What URL(s) are you talking about?

I believe there is no "PureBrowser FSF add-ons pages" since (at least) purebrowser 52.5.0esr-1pureos2 (which was packaged in december but I don't know when entered green).

Could it be that your last experience of such pages was from an older purebrowser or perhaps from cache or a bookmark unrelated to purebrowser itself?

If you go to the hamburger menu and then add ons, you'll see the attached picture. In the past this was directed to a FSF add on page. After loading up the most recent build on a test machine without Firefox installed, the normal Firefox add-ons page is shown within PureBrowser. So the original issue remains despite my being incorrect as to the cause.

d3vid added a subscriber: d3vid.Jul 25 2018, 03:24

Tested PureBrowser 52.9.0 with a fresh profile per

The start page contains the text "It's easy to customize your Firefox exactly the way you want it. Choose from thousands of add-ons." The second sentence is a link to (AMO) which includes non-libre add-ons.

This text could be removed completely, and replaced if/when is resolved.

(This is in addition to the about:addons issue mentioned by @james.rufer - not sure if I should log it as a separate issue?)

@james.rufer yes, I did not mean to imply that this issue is not still open (the status in this very issue tracker is "open"). I only meant to ensure that if you had some additional information, that I then did in fact understand what that was.

jonas.smedegaard added a comment.EditedAug 7 2018, 05:01

@d3vid The promotion of Mozilla addons service via Home screen is now tracked in separate issue T532.


jonas.smedegaard renamed this task from Purebrowser 52.5.0esr-1pureos2 recommends non-free add-ons to Purebrowser promotes upstream-distributed addons.Aug 7 2018, 05:32
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This T299 is now a meta-issue tracking the various ways that Mozilla addons service is getting promoted, and the main issue of the integrated addons support using Mozilla by default is now tracked at T305.

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