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posted by janrinok on Friday March 01, @12:32AM   Printer-friendly
from the Browser-freedom dept.

There's a new browser in town: Nyxt. It is free software. It is intended to be modified by the user, perhaps even rewritten. From https://nyxt.atlas.engineer/:

Built-in programmability.

Use the built-in REPL to program Nyxt. Run short scripts, and try out new workflows. Everything in Nyxt is fully extensible and modifiable.

It is written in Common Lisp.

Is this the browser we programmers have been waiting for? The one we can modify to our wildest dreams?

[Ed's comment: The linked source is obviously intended to show a potential user how it will work, and in this role it does a reasonable job. But there is not a great deal to explain why they think it is a game changer, or why it will appeal to many users. If it is necessary to use Lisp to extend the browser then perhaps it will not have the impact that they seem to believe it will have. But what do you think? Will it gain a foothold, or simply fade away to be forgotten except perhaps for a few enthusiasts?]


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  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by JoeMerchant on Saturday March 02, @03:55AM

    by JoeMerchant (3937) on Saturday March 02, @03:55AM (#1347048)

    When "hidden" bits started showing up on file systems, my favorite utility to use (or write, it's not hard) is one that does a summary listing of all hidden files in the system. It's really fun hitting one button and seeing all the stuff that the designers never wanted you to see in a nice easy to read short list.

    Real security is done by obscurity. If you must store secrets on the hard drive, keep them in a file named: thumbs.db in an average looking folder somewhere. Bonus points if you encode the secrets steganographically.

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