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Ad blocking extension

#1 Post by wulf » Sat Oct 13, 2018 2:56 pm

I stumbled upon this a couple of weeks ago > Incognito Adblocker > Firefox extension. I downloaded and ran it, and my first thoughts were that this was uBlock Origin with a different gui. I went to the website half expecting it to be a gorhill project that I'd missed the news about, but it was not. I read the reviews for it yesterday, and an anonymous commentator had ripped into the developers in a lengthy post implying that the extension is a "skinned copy" of uBO...I think I'm inclined to agree..

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Re: Ad blocking extension

#2 Post by Stevo » Sat Oct 13, 2018 5:05 pm

wulf wrote:
Sat Oct 13, 2018 2:56 pm
I stumbled upon this a couple of weeks ago > Incognito Adblocker > Firefox extension. I downloaded and ran it, and my first thoughts were that this was uBlock Origin with a different gui. I went to the website half expecting it to be a gorhill project that I'd missed the news about, but it was not. I read the reviews for it yesterday, and an anonymous commentator had ripped into the developers in a lengthy post implying that the extension is a "skinned copy" of uBO...I think I'm inclined to agree..
If it's open source like uBO, that should easy to determine. If it's not open, that's a strike against it.

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Re: Ad blocking extension

#3 Post by Redacted » Sat Oct 13, 2018 5:34 pm

FWIW, in a lengthy response by the developer (in the reviews section), he says
Incognito Adblocker's source code is open source...
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Re: Ad blocking extension

#4 Post by wulf » Sat Oct 13, 2018 6:15 pm

Stevo wrote:
Sat Oct 13, 2018 5:05 pm
wulf wrote:
Sat Oct 13, 2018 2:56 pm
I stumbled upon this a couple of weeks ago > Incognito Adblocker > Firefox extension. I downloaded and ran it, and my first thoughts were that this was uBlock Origin with a different gui. I went to the website half expecting it to be a gorhill project that I'd missed the news about, but it was not. I read the reviews for it yesterday, and an anonymous commentator had ripped into the developers in a lengthy post implying that the extension is a "skinned copy" of uBO...I think I'm inclined to agree..
If it's open source like uBO, that should easy to determine. If it's not open, that's a strike against it.
Yup, it is open source, and I don't dispute the claim of the devs to make a uBO with a more friendly user panel, but at the same time, I can appreciate what the reviewer is complaining about. I guess it comes down to a matter of personal opinion and how many degrees of separation constitute one product being different from another..

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Re: Ad blocking extension

#5 Post by richb » Sat Oct 13, 2018 6:36 pm

I am confused. If it is open source what is the issue of adapting the code to put a gui wrap around it?
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Re: Ad blocking extension

#6 Post by wulf » Sat Oct 13, 2018 7:12 pm

richb wrote:
Sat Oct 13, 2018 6:36 pm
I am confused. If it is open source what is the issue of adapting the code to put a gui wrap around it?
Well, technically, none I suppose rich. Under the licence, they are entitled to create what they have made. Installing and running it was an interesting experiment for me, but I'll be sticking with uBO.

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Re: Ad blocking extension

#7 Post by ChrisUK » Sun Oct 14, 2018 3:05 am

Although I see no problem with the program (Open Source etc), I also see no need for it... uBlock Origin has a default easy mode, and a more advanced mode (I'm guessing many of us long-term users use the advanced mode). Then again, I guess "pretty colours and icons" are good for new users.

Don't forget that Antix Advert Block (advert-block-antix) does a pretty good job without adding extensions to Browsers - and the hosts file is system-wide, not limited to the Browser.
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