Bug 982364 - Replace adblock plus by adblock edge or another abp fork
Replace adblock plus by adblock edge or another abp fork
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: mozilla-adblockplus (Show other bugs)
All Linux
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Assigned To: Andreas Thienemann
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2013-07-08 15:44 EDT by Heiko Adams
Modified: 2015-06-29 08:03 EDT (History)
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Description Heiko Adams 2013-07-08 15:44:00 EDT
Description of problem:
Due to recent controversy about Adblock Plus and their business model which make clear that Adblock Plus obviously is not an ad-blocker in the first place but a ad-seller, So i request replacing adblock plus by adblock edge or another non controversial adblock plus fork which is missing the "acceptable ads" feature.

[1] http://www.h-online.com/newsticker/news/item/Serious-accusations-against-AdBlock-Plus-1897360.html
[2] http://www.theverge.com/2013/7/5/4496852/adblock-plus-eye-google-whitelist
[3] http://www.digitaltrends.com/web/adblock-plus-accused-of-shaking-down-websites/
Comment 1 Andreas Thienemann 2013-07-08 15:48:09 EDT
Not 100% sure this is still the case but for what's it worth: The fedora package I created had the acceptable ads feature disabled as I did consider this ripe for abuse. Not glad to see though that I was right.

If this is still the case for the current packages, the controversy is not relevant for us, is it?

How is adblock edge featurewise? What other fork is sensible?
Comment 2 Heiko Adams 2013-07-08 16:01:36 EDT
IMHO it's still relevant because the feature itself is still present even if its disabled by default. And since this controversity started adblock plus and the Eyeos GmbH are discredited and lost a huge amount of trustworthiness. So from this point of view adblock plus should be either replaced by one of it's forks or adblock edge should land in fedoras repositories as an alternative to adblock plus.

I'm using adblock edge so I can only talk about this fork. ABE doesn't have the acceptable ads feature at all. It's completely removed from the sourcecode.
Comment 3 Russell Golden 2013-07-10 14:33:08 EDT
The "non-intrusive ads" feature really does not bother me. I wholeheartedly agree with it. Once ad companies get it through their heads that we don't *want* intrusive advertising, maybe they'll switch to non-intrusive stuff like AdWords does.

However, if the project is asking for money to be on the whitelist, this does raise serious ethical concerns.

I propose making a new package for AdBlock Edge. I think this one should stay around for those who don't mind the feature.
Comment 4 Fedora End Of Life 2013-09-16 10:26:32 EDT
This bug appears to have been reported against 'rawhide' during the Fedora 20 development cycle.
Changing version to '20'.

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