The most used web browser in the world right now is Chrome. In part, I think that's because most people shoot for the best known without caring about things like privacy. Those of us who use Linux if we think about it, and for that reason we end up with a browser that uses Chromium, but different from Chrome, or Firefox. There are browsers that are based on Mozilla's, such as Free wolf, to offer us different experiences.
We are not going to say that Firefox is a browser that spies on users, things as they are. But LibreWolf includes by default some tools that make it even more private. For a start, does not collect telemetry data. This data often helps developers improve their software, but they have to collect certain information that some may prefer not to share. In addition, search engines are very different: by default it uses DuckDuckGo, but the rest of the options it offers after the installation from scratch are, in addition to Wikipedia, DuckDuckGo Lite, which is the mobile version, Searx, StartPage, Qwant and MetaGear .
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LibreWolf does not collect telemetry data and blocks advertising by default
There are users who, after installing a browser, the first thing they look for is an ad blocker. This is not necessary in some Linux distributions that include a version of Firefox with one included, and LibreWolf has an extension installed by default: uBlock Origin. Like the ETP in Firefox, blockers can cause some component of a web page to stop working, something to be aware of if one works erratically, but it is worth it in 99% of the cases.
LibreWolf, like Firefox, is from open source and it is updated just after the browser they are based on. See it as the fox browser, but ready to focus on privacy. In fact, it improves Mozilla's ETP by including a firewall and other security enhancements, all without sacrificing performance or usability.
Installation on Linux
As explained in their websiteTo install it on Linux, we have to do it as follows:
- Arch Linux: it is in AUR, so you have to compile it or use the yay tool, as explained in this article. The package freewolf compile Firefox and add patches, while librewolf-bin provides a binary. If distributions like Manjaro are used, it can be installed from Pamac.
- Debian: the repository is added and installed with these commands:
echo 'deb http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/bgstack15:/aftermozilla/Debian_Unstable/ /' | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/home:bgstack15:aftermozilla.list curl -fsSL https://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:bgstack15:aftermozilla/Debian_Unstable/Release.key | gpg --dearmor | sudo tee /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/home_bgstack15_aftermozilla.gpg > /dev/null sudo apt update sudo apt install librewolf
- Gentoo: file is created /etc/portage/repos.conf/librewolf.conf with this (changing "repo location" to the location where you want to go):
[librewolf] priority = 50 location = "ubicación-del-repo"/librewolf sync-type = git sync-uri = https://gitlab.com/librewolf-community/browser/gentoo.git auto-sync = Yes
Subsequently, you have to run emaint -r librewolf sync.
It is also available in AppImage and as a Flatpak package in this link.
It is clear that when we get used to something it is difficult to change, but an alternative to the fire fox is the free wolf.