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rado84

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I use several different search engines. The default engine in the browser is Ecosia (I've added it, otherwise I don't think Mozilla knows about its existence) bc it returns the most results when searching for images. When I'm searching for new images of the most beautiful woman in the galaxy, only Ecosia displays the most images. On the Duck and on Google half of the images are either missing, or (in the Duck's case) it simply shows two rows of images and that's it. Plus, Ecosia's setting to display large images actually does exactly that, whereas if you select "Large" images on the Duck, it keeps showing image sizes 600x800 among the results.
 

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To an extent, that's the kind of response I'd expect from a Windows user. You don't know if it's doing anything creepy in the background, such as data harvesting, unless you're able to review the source code. The whole reason Linux and the free software movement exist are to get away from software or companies doing creepy things to their users. However, being that the first of the four freedoms is simply to run the software, you doing that is your prerogative.
 

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Settle down folks. There's been a few heated exchanges lately and it'd suck to have to start issuing time-outs. It's not just this thread.

Remember, we're a community. If you're going to throw stones, you probably shouldn't live in a glass house. I'm positive everyone in this thread uses proprietary, non-free software. In fact, this very forum is closed source software.
 

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These days most search engines collect info on us...so take your pick.
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These days most search engines collect info on us...so take your pick.
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Because the web is based on the client-server model, that's a necessary evil. At least the engines that are federated and set up by random people won't collect your data to create a digital fingerprint of you.
 

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I was using DuckDuckGo for years. That is, until I found out that they were selling information on users searches to of all people, Microshaft. I switched to startpage.com. They claim to be the worlds most private search engine... We'll see how that works out for me. :rolleyes:
 

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How cool.

Does it come with step by step user friendly instruction for impatient old farts as myself.

Seriously I just don't have the patience for complex stuff anymore.

I was using DuckDuckGo for years. That is, until I found out that they were selling information on users searches to of all people, Microshaft. I switched to startpage.com. They claim to be the worlds most private search engine... We'll see how that works out for me. :rolleyes:
I used to use the ahem, so called private browsers yeah right until I found that most if not all of them are leaching and selling your data.

I just use Google now most websites from my understanding get their search results from Google although I may be wrong about that.
 

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How cool.

Does it come with step by step user friendly instruction for impatient old farts as myself.
On the github page of the project they mention several unofficial public instances which you can use, that way you don't have to setup one yourself. I used an add-on to make it my default search engine in Firefox.
 
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Yeah I was just over there grazing a bit.
I'll have to give it a good look at and see how what it takes to get it running.

Thanks @f33dm3bits that browser page look cool man. :cool:
 
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