Neither Flakon nor Epiphany browsers will play videos

This is really annoying.

As more and more people and companies attempt to monetize OpenSource we are going to see more and more of this shit. It all has to do with licensing and it is a pain in the ass.

You installed either Falkon or Epiphany (also called Gnome Web) because they are somewhat light and have “private” browsing options that will help you keep your identity. While nothing is actually “safe” on the Web, at least in these modes they purge all of the local storage when you close and they do ask sites to not track you.

For the non-geek, purging of local storage is really important and not just because you might be looking at naughty pictures. Advertisers and nefarious individuals (tomato – tomato) leave a rash of cookies on your computer. If your grandpa asks you to research “hemorrhoids treatment,” even if you use DuckDuckGo so your search history isn’t tracked, every one of the sites you visit is going to stuff a bunch of cookies in your browser.

The next time you surf the Web Google and other nefarious advertising groups will look for those cookies. So, when you and your significant other pop open the browser to plan a romantic get-away (once COVID-19 is over) right next to the romantic hotel shots will be an add for hemorrhoids treatment. Nice, huh?

This little trick will not fix Opera browser not playing videos. There appears to be many miles of broken glass you must crawl naked across to make that work. On Ubuntu 20.04 LTS you can fix these two browsers.

sudo apt install ubuntu-restricted-extras

Every year more and more shit gets moved into “restricted” and “non-free” repos as more and more people/companies try to monetize OpenSource.

How Many Browsers do You Test Your Blog With?

It was Friday and I spent the morning visiting my father. When I got home I didn’t feel much like doing “real” work so once again I spent time changing the theme on my blog. Been looking for the “right” theme for a while. Don’t know what it is but will know it when I see it. Today I experimented with Blog Way. I actually spent time going through all of the customization options tweaking it just so.

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On the left is the site the way I wanted it to look. I’m accessing it via Opera there. On the left is version 54.0 of Firefox. I got the same results on 3 different YABU based distros which were all based on 16.04 LTS. After seeing this I booted that Android device we’ve been using and tested my blog via the Chromium browser it has. Looked just like it does in Opera.

It does beg the question though. Just how many browsers do I have to check your theme with? I know, free is generally worth what you paid for it, but, seriously, if you try to entice people to pay money for the software you write the “free” stuff better work or it isn’t going to draw in many customers.