2017-06-01 14:20:15 UTC
This came up in another thread and I thought
maybe it merits its own. I tried installing it. It
tried going online. It tried to call home to Amazon.
But I think that's the same thing Firefox does.
When I set the homepage to blank it stopped.
Presumably it was trying to report my IP address
and maybe get some ads to go on the search
page that it presents by default.
The installer is notably smaller than Firefox. Faster?
I don't know. I don't find FF so slow except in starting
up. Since I typically disable script and use a HOSTS
file, the Internet for me is mostly an ad-free collection
of webpages that load almost instantly in most cases.
I do find Pale Moon to be a bit zippier, but mostly that's
in startup. I don't find Light to be fast starting up. It's
a bit logy.
For me there's a more important area where Light
fails: Light is *all* it tries to achieve. In other words,
it doesn't bring back missing Firefox settings. It doesn't
fix the "corporate creep". (For example, the way that
Firefox hides cookie settings and defaults to allowing
3rd-party spyware cookies... Or the way that Firefox
defaults to using Do not Track, which is useless at
best and spyware at worst.) It doesn't give me a choice
for things like showing the status bar or not using
tabs. So it's back on the extension treadmill if I just
want basic configuration. And it's back to weeding
through about:config if I want basic privacy-favoring
settings. The average person is fed to the dogs by
In a word, the problem I see with Firefox is that
it's become a bloated, corporate product in the service
of its ad company overlords. It's no longer the peoples'
browser. It's merely the lesser of evils. In that respect,
Light offers nothing. It's exactly Firefox, just without
a few things that most people won't notice:
So maybe it's good for people who love Firefox just as
it is but have trouble with it eating resources. For people
who think the Mozilla gang have taken a wrong turn, Light
offers no relief.