Purebrowser 68.0.2esr-1pureos3 shows Firefox home page in the home and also in new tabs
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After an update to Purebrowser 68, purebrowser now shows Firefox Home page with quick links to proprietary services (youtube, google, amazon).
And the default selection for now opened tabs now is also Firfox home page.

This is likely related with https://tracker.pureos.net/T815

I would mark it as a Freedom Issue.

I don't recognize this as a freedom issue - care to elaborate, @EchedeyLR ?

EchedeyLR added a comment.EditedFri, Aug 30, 5:31 PM

Showing that is like recommending these non-free network services by default.

It is true that Freedom Issue here is related with non-free software being attached with a software and/or packages, but I think recommending non-free network services should be included on that.

Badger added a subscriber: Badger.Sun, Sep 1, 8:01 AM

Maybe its good to investigate deeper which of those Links actually appear to be annoying us.

Sure, proprietary services in general but Youtube, Google and Facebook are sadly still famous websites. I recommend only removing of the two shopping Links: Amazon and Ebay.

We could just replace those two with https://puri.sm/ and https://librem.one/

Badger added a comment.Sun, Sep 1, 8:31 AM

Additional ideas if we really want to remove Google Search and Youtube too:

https://start.duckduckgo.com/ instead of Google Search. We have already consens in DDG is the standard search engine in pureborwser. start.duckduckgo.com is the clean search-only page of DDG (without popups appearing on duckduckgo.com, ddg.gg, duck.com)

https://invidio.us/ instead of Youtube. Its serving YT search results while respecting users privacy. Released under the AGPLv3: https://github.com/omarroth/invidious

@Badger Thanks for the suggestions. Please, however, file those as separate issues (i.e. wishlist requests).

@EchedeyLR I agree that this issue is an issue for PureOS. It is not a freedom issue however: That tag has a specific definition tied to https://www.gnu.org/distros/free-system-distribution-guidelines.html (if you think the definition should be changed then please discuss that with the GNU project).

@jonas.smedegaard thank you for the clarification.

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