It looks like it’s been renamed to ‘tails‘.
It is based on Debian, is a LiveCD and it’s purpose is to preserve anonymity and privacy.
When you install it in a VM it gives a pop-up to this link saying that running it in a VM may not be the safest option.
There’s a few default plugins in iceweasel (looks like firefox, in fact it is a fork of firefox):
- adblock plus
- amnesia branding
- cookie monster
- foxyproxy standard
It also starts with TOR configured and in ‘private browsing’ mode.
There is also an I2P application/network that can be used.
Both are however quite slow (but generally this shared type of proxy-ing usually is?)
As in ~10 seconds to load a web page.
Easy to use, but still slow.
Is performance is something worth losing to gain privacy and anonymity?
Just got an update on Aurora (it’s like daily builds of the latest mozilla – with all the nice updates). I’ve been running it since they made it available and I have not had any issues with it. The only slightly annoying is that almost daily (if you restart the web browser) you have to update it – which on Windows 7 gives you the “can I get elevated permission” dialogue if you have UAC activated. Not so much of an issue but that’s it. Also my plugins work (noscript, adblock+ & webmail notifier).
This new version 7 is supposed to have improved memory usage – NICE.
** Update: the new version is noticeably faster than Aurora 6. I like.
You can download the Beta here:
The release notes are here:
Some cool stuff, but should you upgrade already? I ran the Firefox 4 beta for what feels like forever and didn’t have any issues with it. It’s nice to get updates whenever they are released, not have to wait for a long long time until the non-beta is out. I’ll sure be upgrading to FF 5 on my home desktop.
- Added support for CSS animations
- Added support for switching Firefox development channels
- The Do-Not-Track header preference has been moved to increase discoverability
- Improved standards support for HTML5, XHR, MathML, SMIL, and canvas
- Improved spell checking for some locales
- Improved desktop environment integration for Linux users
It’s now possible to run ‘extremely beta’ – alpha? Called Aurora. I’m gonna give it a shot :)
It installs another Firefox and gives you a new icon (not the old fox around a blue globe).
Plugins, bookmarks, passwords are saved/kept so that’s cool.
It’s also noticeably faster than Firefox 4.
Besides that it looks just the same. Maybe that’ll change in the near future.
Firefox download links:
Going to test this as soon as I get home on My Windows machine.
On my RHEL6 laptop however I couldn’t just unpack the linux version and run the ./firefox.
I also couldn’t find the installation guide. Nonetheless, it complains about this;
./firefox-bin: error while loading shared libraries: libgtk-x11-2.0.so.0: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
But sudo yum install gtk2 gives: Package gtk2-2.18.9-4.el6.x86_64 already installed and latest version.
And after a ‘find /’ I found the file here:
cat ~/find.all | grep libgtk-x11-2.0.so.0
How do I proceed? – Did not find anything online quick enough that would help me. The other requirements I could also find in my system..
I tried to run ./firefox-bin which complained about libxul.so which I also have in my system.
I tried to run it in a sudo, no difference.
If anybody reads this and has some ideas or so – please let me know :)
So I tried Google Chrome instead (haven’t tried this before) and wow, compared to Firefox 3.6.x which is the default one on RHEL6 it is really fast!
This is the link I used to install it and it worked perfectly:
- Add this to /etc/yum.repos.d/google.repo
name=Google - x86_64
- yum install google-chrome-unstable
- start google-chrome with: google-chrome
Just got the message to upgrade to Firefox 4 Beta 10 and as usual I don’t notice any differences – but that’s a good thing right?
With 8GB RAM I don’t think this will apply so much to me either: “Improvements in memory usage”
My (two) plugins still work too
The ones I use are webmail notifier (gmail, hotmail and a custom squirrelmail script) and adblock plus. Default theme. A cluttered work space is very annoying to me :)
I use the WebMail Notifier / or as it’s nowadays called – the X-notifier plugin in Firefox to see if I have gotten any new e-mails.
The standard ones – gmail or hotmail works great, but there are also scripts (xnotifier scripts here) to make this work with your own – or other e-mails based on other e-mail servers, for example Squirrelmail.
To customize this to work with your own setup you may need to change the script available on the link above (as of version 2011-01-04).
If your squirrelmail web server enforces https and is installed on for example https://guldmyr.com/squirrelmail and not https://guldmyr.com/src (which the script by default assumes), you will have to alter the script.
I had to change this function in the code to make it work:
The WebMail notifier script squirrelmail_guldmyr
The X-Notifier script squirrelmail_guldmyr_xnotifier