#Google starts to lock out non-official Chrome builds like #Chromium. The #web is a cricual infrastructure these days and as such we need independent browsers and rendering engines!

If you care about the free and open web you shouldn't use Chrome based browsers.

Thread with more details: twitter.com/spotfoss/status/13

@bjoern If the "Web" is a crucial infrastructure, maybe then we should have a look into how to generally deal with this. Falling back from using Google-backed #Chromium browsers to using Google-funded #Firefox seems a rather bad choice, and though there are some promising alternatives outside that, none of them right now are on par with either Chrome or Firefox. 😟


@z428 @bjoern I'm sure EU is looking into these sort of issues. EU wide laws and regulations plus a strong European tech ecosystem is the solution. We need to break up big tech by building our own (big and small) alternatives.

@JohanEmpa I'd hope for that, but I'm not really sure there's any European activity in this field. At least, there hasn't been any visible progress the last couple of years, and the issue itself isn't new. 😟


@z428 @bjoern I'm hoping that the French Qwant will miraculously grow to a real Google search competitor. Once that happen I hope they will use their leftover profit to make a better browser too.

@JohanEmpa Let's see what happens, but I'm unsure whether (looking at Google) it's good to risk having another for-profit company our only "hope"... 😉 Maybe it would need more public engagement here, also in terms of FLOSS community and money. 😀


@JohanEmpa @bjoern @z428 I used qwant as my default search engine for the last 6 months, and it is usable but still not quite there. Sometimes has slowdowns and often does not returns as much relevant results as goole.
But I keep using it nevertheless....

@erm67 Actually at the moment I kind of fell back to startpage.com because as well here the amount of relevant results was not satisfying. 😟

@bjoern @JohanEmpa

@z428 @erm67 @bjoern
I feel that Startpage isn't even trying to do things better, they're fine with just doing their thing - being a meta search engine fully dependent on Google. No ambition, boring.

Qwant on the other hand try to build a real search engine by crawling the web. They have a vision of a healthy European eco-system.

"Based and designed in Europe" - that's the spirit we need.

@z428 @bjoern @JohanEmpa Yes as a fallback since it is just a frontend for google .... users of frontends like that are still hooked on google since it is not an alternative.

@JohanEmpa @z428 @bjoern I certainly think that if they are actually concerned about the deteriating browser divirsity, they should kick me some money for "Haphaestus". I haven't heard back...

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