submitted 3 weeks ago* (last edited 3 weeks ago) by [email protected] to c/[email protected]

Waterfox is a browser, obviously based on Firefox, but without default "junk" that Firefox comes with.

Don't see many mentions to Waterfox at all in this community? Are there any specific reasons for it? Seems like a neat version of Firefox, with development based out of the UK.

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[-] [email protected] 1 points 2 weeks ago
[-] [email protected] 2 points 2 weeks ago

It's about having options, not excluding any other projects at all. Yes Librewolf is great, but for some, like myself, its too strict.

[-] [email protected] 7 points 3 weeks ago
[-] [email protected] 4 points 3 weeks ago

not excluding Librewolf, just sharing options.

[-] [email protected] 13 points 3 weeks ago

Waterfox is a neat project, but is often slow to implement security patches from Firefox upstream.

[-] [email protected] 2 points 3 weeks ago

I like Waterfox, I used it for a long time as my main until I became more serious about privacy.

I suggest Waterfox to normal people who need a browser that "Just Werks" and that doesnt have bloat/telemetry, because i can NOT bring myself to tell them to download vanilla Firefox with all the bloat and telemetry and crap shoved into it.

but at the same time I'm not going to suggest LibreWolf because many things break on it.

[-] [email protected] 4 points 3 weeks ago
[-] [email protected] 2 points 3 weeks ago

I would like to try it, but isn't it behind on updates a lot? Current Firefox is on 126 IIRC.

[-] [email protected] 1 points 3 weeks ago

I remember waterfox not being compatible with a few extensions I installed. Do you know if it can just be pointed at a backup of a firefox profile?

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[-] [email protected] 6 points 3 weeks ago

I've mentioned it a few times, but I don't like coming off as some sort of salesman lol. But waterfox is my go to. They, imo, seem to feel like the last browser left making logical choices out of box.

[-] [email protected] 6 points 3 weeks ago

Waterfox is for me the go-to browser for most people, better than default Firefox but not as good as librewolf, good balance of privacy and convenience

[-] [email protected] 4 points 3 weeks ago

Any of you guys tried Floorp? I've been using it for a few months now as my daily driver and while it might not be as intentionally lean as Waterfox, I find its customisability more than makes up for it.

[-] [email protected] 2 points 3 weeks ago

Just fyi parts of floorp are proprietary

[-] [email protected] 3 points 3 weeks ago

I've been using Waterfox as my Firefox backup because for some reason my Firefox always crashes within 15 minutes of use, and it's always when I'm doing impirtant shit like banking or paying a bill. Which is what I typically use the 'legit' browsers for, and why I just use LibreWolf for daily browsing/fuckery. Using Waterfox feels like it calls less attention when on a government website as opposed to Librewolf.

Didn't know it was bought by an ad company once upon a time, but this is also why I spread out my browsing. I also use Ghostery, and I have Brave (for checking how things show up in a Chromium environment when programming) but I don't like Brave and rarely use it... Point is, gotta have multiple browsers either way.

[-] [email protected] 4 points 3 weeks ago

Been using it since it was the 64bit version of FF, no complaints. I think it's neat that now it has tree style tabs integrated into it. Of course you can just install the add on, but I think they're adding more functionality somewhere down the line. It's not a big deal, but I think it's neat.

[-] [email protected] 1 points 3 weeks ago* (last edited 3 weeks ago)

Firefox is 64-bit now, so there is no point in Waterfox.

[-] [email protected] 1 points 3 weeks ago

You clearly have not used Waterfox recently

[-] [email protected] 1 points 3 weeks ago

Waterfox started out as a 64-bit fork, but then transitioned to being Firefox with a few different default settings for better privacy. Then Waterfox got sold to an ad company. Then last year, the solo dev bought it back. It's a bit of a weird history.

Like, ultimately I agree that there's not much of a point to it. It's better to configure Firefox. But it is not anymore just about the 64-bit build.

[-] [email protected] 49 points 3 weeks ago

Using niche browser forks is often not a good idea. These are extremely fast moving projects that need to constantly be updated to stay secure.

This is especially true for Firefox forks, as Firefox allows you to customize it to the point that it is almost the same as many of these forks.

There are exceptions to this - for example, LibreWolf has a fairly good track record and Mullvad Browser needs to fork Firefox to (try) ensure all users have the same fingerprint.

[-] [email protected] -2 points 3 weeks ago

I feel like this argument is the same argument people use to tell you never to leave the Microsoft ecosystem

You must use Edge, Office, Defender and Azure

[-] [email protected] 2 points 2 weeks ago

No it's a security and fingerprinting tradeoff.

The more your browser acts to hide your behaviors and limit tracking, the more unique your fingerprint is. The most private browser setup is one which appears to be identical to all the other traffic in a non unique way, or noise. This definitionally lacks information for tracking.

Also security flaws and tracking exploits need to be constantly patched.

This is a fundamental tradeoff for privacy. Using more obscure browsers can (not always) then expose you to behavioral fingerprinting because they look different and react to web pages differently.

[-] [email protected] 0 points 2 weeks ago

Most privacy oriented browsers use popular user agents

[-] [email protected] 3 points 2 weeks ago* (last edited 2 weeks ago)

It's not just the user agent that fingerprints a user.

Hence a good most of the exact comment you responded to.

[-] [email protected] 15 points 3 weeks ago

Definitely a very valid point!

[-] [email protected] 15 points 3 weeks ago

Waterfox has had some bad press. I don't remember details but here's something to read :

I prefer to stick to the no nonsense LibreWolf and when some things don't work fall back to Firefox :

[-] [email protected] 0 points 3 weeks ago* (last edited 3 weeks ago)

I don't view the ghacks.net article as badpress myself after reading it. Also the System1 deal, which is no longer a thing, is the same company who bought Startpage, which is still recommended over at privacyguides.org

[-] [email protected] 2 points 3 weeks ago

Startpage, which is still recommended over at privacyguides.org

For now. There is an open pull request to remove it due to Startpage fingerprinting users (I didn't delve into it to see if it's true, but that was the reason given). And just because it's been suggested doesn't mean it will be removed, so time will till.


[-] [email protected] 8 points 3 weeks ago

Why would I choose this over LibreWolf?

[-] [email protected] 6 points 3 weeks ago

You probably shouldnt tbh. I don't think Waterfox is any better, it's just less strict in terms of the defaults. Think Waterfox caters best to those who want the Firefox feel but without the telemetry.

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