It is not hard to apply critical thinking when looking at such a biased and opinionated “article”. The original writer provides little to no proof of anything and if you (OP of this Lemmy thread) just took 5 minutes out of your day to seek a response, you would’ve found one: debunking every single point.
Here you go: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=27552530
*I strictly browse using the privacy friendly front-end https://teddit.net/ and I don’t own an account.
Tor Project (https://donate.torproject.org/)
A user should be able to ask for a chromium-based browser with good privacy without having other Gecko-based browsers shoved down their throat.
What you guys are doing is not helpful.
If you don’t like the question asked and can’t be bothered to give decent alternatives, scroll by. Just keep scrolling.
This is not helpful advice.
You’re no better than the r/privacy subreddit who shove everything that OP didn’t ask for down their throat, instead of attempting to recommending something that the OP asked for.
Replies like yours is the reason why people who even have the slightest interest in privacy quickly lose that interest and switch completely back to Google, Facebook and other privacy-invasive alternatives.
Any step closer to better privacy is a good step taken.
In my opinion and from personal experience, I would go for Brave if I were you.
The “controversies” are blown way out of proportion and for the privacy and security it offers, it’s a great web browser.
For a Gecko-based browser, I’d pick Librewolf as it’s an actively maintained fork off Mozilla Firefox without the bloat and tracking.
If you have any questions or concerns, let me know and I’ll be happy to assist.
Their reasoning is even more ridiculous.
If Vivaldi browser is so close to being released under a unified open-source license, why isn’t it?
The Vivaldi UI is truly what makes the browser unique. As such, it is our most valuable asset in terms of code.
We don’t publish it under an open-source license and only release obfuscated versions of it. The obfuscation is partly there to improve performance, but it also very much is the first line of defense, to prevent other parties from taking the code and building an equivalent browser (essentially a fork) too easily.
It’s a major red flag if an “open source project” is against forks because of “competitive reasons”. You should not be in the open source business if that’s what you fear. The ability to fork leads to innovation, proprietary software and patents stop innovation.
Stop supporting companies who are against innovation and are purely driven off profit, with no actual care for whether the product is good or not for the end-consumer.
I don’t know if you read the entire thread but it is in early alpha. As of the time of writing, there is no way for you to sign up. You can apply to become an alpha tester and even then, it is clearly stated that it should be purely used for just that: alpha testing.
They won’t roll out a stable release for mass adoption without end-to-end encryption.
A Discord replica with privacy in mind is a great idea for mass adoption as recommending it and getting people to switch over would be the easiest thing in the world since it functions exactly like Discord which people are already familiar with.
Federation is preferred but is not a must to have a successful privacy friendly alternative. It might be a deal breaker for you, but for most people out there, it’s not.
2) You don’t own anything. You merely stream it, which still requires an internet connection.
It gets worse (“Spotify wants to suggest songs based on your emotions”): https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-55839655
Time to switch to a better alternative.
Make a list of all artists/songs/playlists you enjoy.
Subscribe for a month to either Tidal or Qoobuz.
Rip all songs, albums etc in FLAC via https://github.com/yaronzz/Tidal-Media-Downloader-PRO or https://github.com/ImAiiR/QobuzDownloaderX.
Sit back, relax and stream the highest quality music completely offline without any tracking via Quod Libet (https://github.com/quodlibet/quodlibet).
Finally someone speaks out about this.
If you’ve ever tried to sign-up for their rewards program, you’ll know that it does everything that Google would do.
They require that you either give them your phone number, credit card or link social media accounts.
I’m sorry what? This is supposed to be a private alternative? Not only that, but you can literally do all of these steps and still get declined.
The last step being extremely creepy as they want you to link all of your social medias and hand them over on a silver plate for “verification purposes”.
Some might argue that you don’t need to opt-in to their rewards program but the point of being a YouTube alternative is that creators can get paid for their work.
Do not sign up, do not give these guys your personal information for “verification” and please do not trust a project just because it’s open source: it can still harvest your data as a proprietary website and application would (LBRY/Odysee being a perfect example of this).
Opt for Peertube (https://joinpeertube.org/) instead.
EDIT: I forgot to mention that they decline all verification attempts that are done using a VPN or proxy, but they only tell you this AFTER you’ve done the verification and handed over your personal information. Private alternative my ass.
That doesn’t prove anything.
Just because they utilize their libraries to make it decentralized does not make the entire application open source.
I’ve searched around for 30 minutes and the whole platform is awfully sketchy. It’s made by a UX & marketing team (that seems to be their only focus), and they haven’t released any source code anywhere.
I would not trust it.
Any one of the recommended Pixel phones running GrapheneOS: https://grapheneos.org/faq#recommended-devices
ProtonVPN (Free plan) is in my opinion the only true free VPN out there. It’s owned by the reputable company of Protonmail. The free plan is paid for by paid subscribers (not your data), they keep no logs and impose no bandwidth limits. There are of course a few limitations such as slower speeds, no P2P activities, no geo unblocking. Overall, it’s a great service for being truly free.
Since this keeps getting reposted, I’ll repost my comment.