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foss cross-platform admin unofficial gnu icecat web browser web-browser firefox freedom privacy esr fork

GNU IceCat



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GNU IceCat

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This package was rejected on 16 Apr 2020. The reviewer chocolatey-ops has listed the following reason(s):

dimqua (maintainer) on 12 Mar 2020 00:02:25 +00:00:

User 'dimqua' (maintainer) submitted package.

chocolatey-ops (reviewer) on 12 Mar 2020 00:37:36 +00:00:

icecat has passed automated validation. It may have or may still fail other checks like testing (verification).
Congratulations! This package passed automatic validation review without flagging on any issues the validator currently checks. A human review could still turn up issues a computer may not easily find.

chocolatey-ops (reviewer) on 12 Mar 2020 02:28:04 +00:00:

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chocolatey-ops (reviewer) on 01 Apr 2020 02:29:22 +00:00:

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chocolatey-ops (reviewer) on 16 Apr 2020 02:32:59 +00:00:

Unfortunately there has not been progress to move icecat v68.6.0 towards an approved status within 15 days after the last review message, so we need to close (reject) the package version at this time. If you want to pick this version up and move it towards approval in the future, use the contact site admins link on the package page and we can move it back into a submitted status so you can submit updates.

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GNU IceCat is the GNU version of the Firefox browser. It aim to be based on the the current official release of Firefox Extended Support Release (ESR) with removal of trademarked artwork and proprietary components. Important differences between Mozilla's Firefox and GNU IceCat is that IceCat has a focus on freedom and privacy.

However, IceCat is not a straight fork of Firefox ESR; instead, it is a parallel effort that works closely with and re-bases in synchronization on the latest Firefox ESR as the upstream supplier, with patches merged upstream whenever possible; although it should be noted that additional security updates are customized to IceCat occasionally.


  • IceCat developers dropped support for Windows in 2016: "Note that building binary packages for Windows and macOS currently requires non-free software, so we no longer distribute binary releases for those platforms".
  • This package contains an unofficial version of GNU IceCat installer for Windows x64 only.

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Version Downloads Last Updated Status
GNU IceCat 68.9.0 3 Thursday, June 4, 2020 Pending Automated Review
GNU IceCat 68.7.0 207 Sunday, April 12, 2020 Approved
GNU IceCat 68.5.0 271 Monday, March 2, 2020 Approved
GNU IceCat 68.4.1 272 Tuesday, January 14, 2020 Approved
GNU IceCat 68.4.0 65 Friday, January 10, 2020 Approved
GNU IceCat 68.2.0 302 Sunday, October 27, 2019 Approved
GNU IceCat 68.1.0 251 Thursday, September 5, 2019 Approved
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