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Linux Mint: Shipped with "Prism" Firefox profile
07-20-2013, 02:14 AM,
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Linux Mint: Shipped with "Prism" Firefox profile
While helping a friend set up Firefox for two ppl, I discovered that Linux Mint 15 "Olivia" comes shipped with a profile named: "Prism".

Nothing exceptional about the profile itself, other than the name. Merely Adblocker, sad and alone, as the single add-on. All this on a person's computer that has no interest in politics, and swears they didn't create the profile.

Any Mint users out there notice this as well? I've not had the bandwidth or time to grab a copy, but I'm very curious to see if others have seen this.
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07-20-2013, 08:52 AM,
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RE: Linux Mint: Shipped with "Prism" Firefox profile
From the brief search I conducted, it's supposedly there to protect against PRISM schemes or some such thing. It's possible that the profile exists as a preconfigured 'ultra private, non logging' profile. There was some fuss made over PRISM on some release notes scattered around the Linux Mint site.

I don't use Mint - I just install Ubuntu 10.04 or higher on any servers I'm admining and it does what I need it to. So desktop-related features under Linux are quite alien to me these days. I'm running Windows XP+SP3 at home, meself.
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07-20-2013, 12:54 PM,
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RE: Linux Mint: Shipped with "Prism" Firefox profile
(07-20-2013, 02:14 AM)Doomsticks Wrote: ..."Olivia" comes shipped with a profile named: "Prism".

What is a "profile" ?

I've never heard of this. I'm running Linux Mint Debian Edition because Ubuntu is so fat and heavy. I don't understand what a "profile" is.
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07-20-2013, 02:01 PM, (This post was last modified: 07-20-2013, 02:13 PM by JFK.)
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RE: Linux Mint: Shipped with "Prism" Firefox profile
FWIW I just installed Linux Mint 15 Olivia Cinnamon 64 bit in a virtualbox and checked the profile directory under firefox and there is no PRISM profile.

(07-20-2013, 12:54 PM)CharliePrime Wrote:
(07-20-2013, 02:14 AM)Doomsticks Wrote: ..."Olivia" comes shipped with a profile named: "Prism".
What is a "profile" ?
A profile simply put is a collection of settings on a per user basis.
One user could have several profiles set up to choose from depending on what his intent at the moment is - Work vs. gaming, etc...

A real simple example is if for instance you share your computer with your wife and you like Google search as your home page and a certain set of add ons and your wife prefers MSN with a different set of add ons you would create 2 profiles. One for you and one for your wife.

It is located under etc>firefox>profile
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07-20-2013, 02:21 PM,
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RE: Linux Mint: Shipped with "Prism" Firefox profile
Ah. I misunderstood. I confused this with creating Linux user accounts. I'm really not a very good Linux administrator. Thanks.
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07-20-2013, 04:03 PM, (This post was last modified: 07-20-2013, 08:07 PM by JFK.)
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Dark side of the PRISM
I was just searching around the net and I found an anti-PRISM extension for firefox here:
http://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/dark-side-of-the-prism/

When you bring up a site supposedly being monitored by PRISM, Pink Floyd's dark side of the moon begins playing. LOL

Infowars sets it off every time.

Anyway I wonder if that is what is installed in Doomsticks firefox PRISM profile.

Edit to add : I love opensource...
The list of sites which trigger the above :
( from /data/prism.js )
"google.com"
"gmail.com"
"facebook.com"
"bing.com"
"yahoo.com"
"aol.com"
"apple.com"
"skype.com"
"microsoft.com"
"youtube.com"
"hotmail.com"

The reason Infowars triggers it is all the youtube videos embedded in their pages.
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07-26-2013, 04:41 AM,
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RE: Linux Mint: Shipped with "Prism" Firefox profile
(07-20-2013, 04:03 PM)JFK Wrote: I was just searching around the net and I found an anti-PRISM extension for firefox here:
http://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/dark-side-of-the-prism/

When you bring up a site supposedly being monitored by PRISM, Pink Floyd's dark side of the moon begins playing. LOL

Nice!
Quote:Infowars sets it off every time.

Anyway I wonder if that is what is installed in Doomsticks firefox PRISM profile.

No, nothing of the sort. I kind of started thinking it was going to be something along those lines, but apparently it just installs a gaming application called Steam.

Has Adblocker though Big Grin Not very anti-prism. Still nice.

I suppose that could be a starting point for more add-ons. Maybe that is what they intended by naming it that.
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