Google Criticized For ‘Opaque’ Audio-Listening Binary In Debian Chromium (source Slashdot): Debian, mother of Ubuntu, a major player in the software Libre world always required to have access to the sources of the programs they distribute1, especially in web-browsers. I’m not surprised to read this.
I do not use proprietary browser for this very reason, you can’t be sure what it really does, so I avoided Internet Explorer, Opera but also Google’s Chrome which is based on a libera (italian adjective for free-as-in-freedom) version named Chromium which I seldom use as my main browser is Firefox.
An opaque, binary-only module is by all mean of definition proprietary, so I think I’ll try to avoid Chromium too, or to use it silencing my microphone….
- there are some small exception, namely NVidia and Radeon 3D drivers but they are few and well segregated ↩