Glenn999 had a ‘tip’ (mysteriously out of place on a non-tip thread ;-) about the “Brave” browser. I took a look at their web site. It has promise. So h/t to Genn999 for that.
I’m not easily impressed by Yet Another Browser. This one has goals that make it stand out some. Specifically the emphasis on suppression of ads, malware, trackers and such, while incorporating ways to let you pay folks whose content you want to support. Both via ‘allow’ lists for their ads, and via direct ‘micropayments’ with Bitcoins.
From their ABOUT tab:
We have a mission to save the web by increasing browsing speed and safety for users, while growing ad revenue share for content creators.
The web has become a different place. With the ad-tech ecosystem out of control, users have revolted and blocking ads has become the new weapon of choice for improving their browsing speed, safety and privacy. Unfortunately, blocking alone results in a race to the bottom where nobody wins. Without the ability for content creators to earn money for their efforts, users could be left with fewer sites to browse, relegated to hand-picked content from controlled sources.
Brave aims to transform the online ad ecosystem with micropayments and a new revenue-sharing solution to give users and publishers a better deal, where fast, safe browsing is the path to a brighter future for the open web.
And from their “faster” tab:
Brave blocks trackers and intrusive ads that can slow you down on the web.
Brave keeps you and your information safer, effectively shielding you from 3rd party tracking and malvertisement.
With Brave, you can choose whether to see ads that respect your privacy or pay sites directly. Either way, you can feel good about helping fund content creators.
So it’s all very interesting…
Now the downside: It doesn’t have a binary for the ARM Linux world.
You can get it for Android devices, so it has an ARM version. You can get it for Linux (as an AMD_64 binary…). And you can download sources and ‘roll your own’.
As I’m already up to my eyeballs in time eating alligators (GCMs…) I’m not able to sink time into making a tarball that works on the Pi starting from raw source trees. That means I’m unlikely to try the browser any time soon. (As of now, I only use the Intel chip boxes on very rare occasions. About once / month or less… and then not typically for browsing but for some obscure MS Windoz thing…)
So it goes onto my “someday” list…
But: YMMV, so have at it!
It addresses all the major issues I have with the present available browsers, on which I’ve spent many hours. Building that whole “ground ads via DNS spoofing” thing for example. It would be nice to have someone else killing the ads for me ;-) But since I do have it installed and running, the benefit to me of the work of porting Brave is lessened. However, if you have NOT made such a system, and live on Intel based machines, it looks like you might be one ‘download and install’ away from significantly faster web browsing with enhanced security too.
If anyone gives it a test drive, it would be nice to have a ‘user report’ (or two or three or…)