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Old 02-11-2018, 08:56 AM   #1
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IceCat and LinuxQuestions menus, BBcode not working.


I just started using the latest IceCat browser and have suddenly discovered that things (forum menus, fullscreen (Linux 25 yr. video on first page) and BBcode) on LinuxQuestions simply do not work as intended. I assume this is a Flash issue, but I don't see any way to change the behavior in my browser settings. Flash works fine in most cases (YouTube, Vimeo).
 
Old 02-11-2018, 09:23 AM   #2
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Are any other members experiencing this issue? I can confirm it's not related to flash, as we don't use it anywhere at LQ.

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Old 02-11-2018, 09:55 AM   #3
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Looking at https://www.gnu.org/software/gnuzilla/, I guess the problem is with LibreJS blocking some JavaScript. I use Firefox, but I know blocking everything with NoScript prevents some dropdown menus and BBCode editor buttons from working. And I have youtube.com blocked by default, for videos I just see
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An error occurred.
Try watching this video on www.youtube.com, or enable JavaScript if it is disabled in your browser.
(which is fine for me, I generally have no interest in watching videos anyway)
 
Old 02-11-2018, 10:19 AM   #4
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Looking at https://www.gnu.org/software/gnuzilla/, I guess the problem is with LibreJS blocking some JavaScript. I use Firefox, but I know blocking everything with NoScript prevents some dropdown menus and BBCode editor buttons from working. And I have youtube.com blocked by default, for videos I just see
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An error occurred.
Try watching this video on www.youtube.com, or enable JavaScript if it is disabled in your browser.
(which is fine for me, I generally have no interest in watching videos anyway)
I have "GNU LibreJS" disabled i.e. "Block execution of non-free JavaScript"
 
Old 02-11-2018, 11:56 AM   #5
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sounds like an issue with a setting in IceCat, they tweak more in that browser then just addons. LQ is working fine for me with FireFox 52.6 with NoScript and Ublock Origin.

Try the site with a different browser and see if you can replicate the problem ie: regular firefox or abrowser (if its Trisquel), Midori etc....

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Old 02-11-2018, 12:26 PM   #6
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sounds like an issue with a setting in IceCat, they tweak more in that browser then just addons. LQ is working fine for me with FireFox 52.6 with NoScript and Ublock Origin.

Try the site with a different browser and see if you can replicate the problem ie: regular firefox or abrowser (if its Trisquel), Midori etc....
Firefox-ESR and Iridium browser work fine. I really like IceCat, but I also have a problem with my system not recognizing it, even if it is in my $PATH. It doesn't show at all in Dmenu, and I have to specify the entire path in the i3 config file, rather than "exec icecat".
 
Old 02-11-2018, 12:33 PM   #7
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Firefox-ESR and Iridium browser work fine. I really like IceCat, but I also have a problem with my system not recognizing it, even if it is in my $PATH. It doesn't show at all in Dmenu, and I have to specify the entire path in the i3 config file, rather than "exec icecat".
Last time I played with IceCat they used a privacy addon called anti-spy (I think), it is a tweaked version of adblock with extra privacy scripts (similar to Ublock but more restrictive). You may want to check the config for that addon and see if you can uncheck some things. I really liked IceCat in the past, however, its not really used by many distros and its maintained by one person (Trisquel dev.) so does not get updated quickly enough for a browser (IMO). It used to have a neat tweak where upon opening a private window it automatically connected to TOR. Not sure if it does that anymore, and I do not think LQ works with Tor so I'm going to stop rambling now...
 
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Old 02-11-2018, 03:23 PM   #8
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in addition to relying on javascript, LQ uses a lot of cross-site requests:
netdna-ssl.com, cloudflare.com, thequestionsnetwork.org.
maybe icecat also restricts those.
 
Old 02-13-2018, 06:54 AM   #9
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I haven't checked, but some HTML5 video might not be supported at all as it often requires a proprietary DRM (EME) plugin - which won't be included in IceCat?
 
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