Hi !

I’ve been using Fennec as my browser, given it’s included in the f-droid repos, it removes binary blobs keeping itself libre/free.

However I was made aware of Mull:

https://divestos.org/index.php?page=our_apps

https://github.com/Divested-Mobile/mull

available on a custom divestos f-droid repo. It’s said to use the same Fennec build scripts getting read of the FF for android binary blobs, and besides use some settings (not the same) from arkenfox, just like librewolf on the desktop…

If I look at the android browsers comparison provided by divestos:

https://divestos.org/index.php?page=browsers

Which is written by the same Mull creators and providers, then of course Mull shows up as a better option than F-Droid Fennec. But I’m concerned about how much scrutiny there is on Mull compared to Fennec, how much it’s audited by users in comparison. Fennec, by being on official F-Droid repos, undergoes throughout scrutiny I guess, which might not be the same for Mull. And I heard about Mull only recently, on some Librewolf discussions, whereas when looking for Firefox without binary blobs and on F-Droid, one quickly finds Fennec as the option… Is it safe then to use Mull, and is it really like librewolf for AOSP/Android? Does it plays nice on non divestos AOSP based phones like LineageOS for MicroG?

Thanks !

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Mull is a good project, as well as DivestOS and everything the developers worked on. It’s hardened as much as possible using the most reliable work out there: arkenfox user.js. This actually mean that it could be too much hardened, and it could break some sites. Remember to at least switch off OCSP require (as pointed out in another comment) on about:config, and remember that to get more privacy and security ublock on advanced mode with JavaScript disabled is still important

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Thanks !

GPL will protect us
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I can only answer your final question. It runs smoothly on Lineage os. I’ve been using it for months since someone on lemmy introduced it to me. I also have the other problems since it is not well audited by a trusted party

@je_vv
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Do you have the lemmy URL for that conversation? At any rate, I’m starting to use it… 1st thing is looking what adjustments it requires to enable certain thingsI found ankerfox and librewolf disable by default…

But honestly I’d really like it to experience more scrutiny and be more audited, and that one shouldn’t even have to double thing about it, :)

@je_vv
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Thanks !

@Decentralizer
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Installed it a few days back. Works as good as fennec but has no trackers

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Update : Mull browser is now available on IzzyOnDroid repo

Adda
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Thank you for the information. I have never heard of Mull, but it sure looks interesting to say the least. I will have to take a closer look at it someday.

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