Ad Blocking Software for Beaker Browser

SpongebobFan1994

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I recently installed Beaker. Although I support it for trying to make the web P2P, I'd like to install an ad blocker on top of that, but I haven't been able to find any. I'd like to know if there are any, and if there aren't, could someone with a programming background build one as an extention?
 


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I recently installed Beaker. Although I support it for trying to make the web P2P, I'd like to install an ad blocker on top of that, but I haven't been able to find any. I'd like to know if there are any, and if there aren't, could someone with a programming background build one as an extention?
Since it relies on a P2P network, you don't really need an ad-blocker, in fact, you shouldn't see any ads at all.
 

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Since it relies on a P2P network, you don't really need an ad-blocker, in fact, you shouldn't see any ads at all.
Well here's Linux.org in Beaker with an ad for Godzilla Vs Kong in the bottom right corner, so yes, I am seeing ads

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I looked earlier and the last action on the code was in like December of 2020. I don't think that is actively developed? Browsers tend to get multiple updates in just a month, while this one hasn't had any activity in a long time.

Which is to say, if there's no ad blocking built in then it's very unlikely that someone is going to take the time to write one. If you want one, you're probably gonna have to write it yourself.

On the other hand, you can look into using /etc/hosts to block the offending ad domains. It's a bit of work, but there are downloadable lists that block a ton of 'em. Blocking them there will block them across the whole system - with some exceptions. Google's Chrome (for one) uses its own DNS service. I think Firefox will too, if you select their private/secure DNS option. So, those browsers wouldn't be stopped from accessing those domains - but those browsers do have ad blocking extensions available.
 

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I looked earlier and the last action on the code was in like December of 2020. I don't think that is actively developed? Browsers tend to get multiple updates in just a month, while this one hasn't had any activity in a long time.

Which is to say, if there's no ad blocking built in then it's very unlikely that someone is going to take the time to write one. If you want one, you're probably gonna have to write it yourself.

On the other hand, you can look into using /etc/hosts to block the offending ad domains. It's a bit of work, but there are downloadable lists that block a ton of 'em. Blocking them there will block them across the whole system - with some exceptions. Google's Chrome (for one) uses its own DNS service. I think Firefox will too, if you select their private/secure DNS option. So, those browsers wouldn't be stopped from accessing those domains - but those browsers do have ad blocking extensions available.
I was looking on their website just now, and they've even admitted on the front page that it's experimental, which seems kind of sketchy (obviously you'd make sure it works properly before making it public), and not releasing any updates or news about where the project going is also sketchy. It's like the development team just gave up on it. It'd be interesting if someone bought the rights to it and picked up where the original team left off. It looks like I'll have to get a new browser then.
 

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Use Nextdns to block ads and trackers.
 

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You don't need to 'buy the rights'. Go to the same place I went to get the info. Go to GitHub and just fork it. Then, maintain your new forked version after rebranding it SpongeBrowser. It's opensource. It's free as in beer and free as in libre.

That's all I did. I went to GitHub and checked to see when they last made a commit to the project. Go there. Log in. (Create an account, if you don't already have one.) In the semi-upper-right, click on the button that says 'Fork'.

If you don't want to fork it on GitHub, you can clone the repository or just download the source in a .zip format.

Either way, nobody needs to buy the rights. The rights are perfectly free. Welcome to the land of opensource. It's pretty awesome here.

Here, I am being less lazy. It's licensed with the MIT license. I checked. Fork it all you want. https://github.com/beakerbrowser/beaker/
 

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SpongebobFan1994

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You don't need to 'buy the rights'. Go to the same place I went to get the info. Go to GitHub and just fork it. Then, maintain your new forked version after rebranding it SpongeBrowser. It's opensource. It's free as in beer and free as in libre.

That's all I did. I went to GitHub and checked to see when they last made a commit to the project. Go there. Log in. (Create an account, if you don't already have one.) In the semi-upper-right, click on the button that says 'Fork'.

If you don't want to fork it on GitHub, you can clone the repository or just download the source in a .zip format.

Either way, nobody needs to buy the rights. The rights are perfectly free. Welcome to the land of opensource. It's pretty awesome here.

Here, I am being less lazy. It's licensed with the MIT license. I checked. Fork it all you want. https://github.com/beakerbrowser/beaker/
I'll admit I stuck my foot in my mouth when saying "buy the rights" even though it's FOSS. The reason for that was I'm not particularly a fan of forking something because of how many times Linux distros get forked, which is why it still struggles with hardware, 3rd party software, gaming, consumer, and business support (despite *some* improvements made in recent years). However, forking a browser and forking an entire distro are two different things, so I'll consider looking into hiring someone to fork it for me because I don't have the skills to do that myself.

At least I didn't stick something from my foot into my mouth like Stallman once did :p
 
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