fussing about with LibreWolf
I use Firefox for nearly everything. On macOS, on Android (10, lol!), and it is the only browser I have used for 2+ years now. I don't use Chrome on Android, because Chrome doesn't really work that well on the Android phones I have had (continual crashing on the Pixel 3a (now sold off on Craigslist)). In fact, I always used DuckDuckGo browser on Android phones, because it “just works”. But now I use Firefox.
I was looking around some bloggos, came across this post from lazybear.io, which is a blog I haven't seen in a while (wtg old browser history! :)), and I read his thing about LibreWolf, and decided to check out LibreWolf, itself, and wound up on the LibreWolf install page for macOS, and decided to give it a whirl.
It is successfully installed, but there were hiccups, indeed.
First, I went ahead and just tried running the command:
brew install --cask librewolf
...and I got several PAGES (it seems) in errors. I didn't know what I was doing wrong, so I copied the last error and pasted it into the DDG search bar, thinking: “come on, StackOverflow! Show me the nerd words and make all my problems go away!” Sure enough, they came through and said it was a network issue, and then I realized what I did wrong – I was trying to use Homebrew without having PDAnet activated on the MacBook. That's a long story, but I activated it, and then ran the above command again.
This time, a “tap” error. Another Copy > Paste job showed me (on StackOverflow, again) that I simply needed to run
brew update and then
brew upgrade, and then revisit my cask tapping duties, and everything should work fine.
And it did!
(nice, clean, minimal)
I'll see what I can do with this browser (everything Firefox can do, apparently – it's just a privacy-centric fork). Moz://a IS a privacy-centric company, but they do a lot of ish that annoys me (such as the Google “Pinned” search feature in the browser drop-down bar (which cannot be UNpinned, the “pin” silhouette is simply there for cosmetic reasons)), as well as partnering with Miscrosoft for cookie tracking/data exchange...things – I don't know what the hell that is all about. I hope that isn't an issue with LibreWolf.
We'll see how this browser goes