Say hi and welcome!

Greetings, @Karol!

Thank you for your welcome and advice on ways to contribute to Blokada.

I still need to add details about myself to my profile, to help engender trust and to summarize briefly my experience with software and technology, as well as indicate my experience with, and importance of, GNU/Linux and free/libre software.

I have used Debian GNU/Linux as my primary platform for almost two decades, and currently run it on my laptop and tower, but have no plans to try installing it on my Android phone. :wink:

I do, by the way, have experience using DNS over HTTPS (DoH) and DNS over TLS (DoT) on Debian, and have been exploring the predominant (most mature) options for the latter. I have been using NLnet Labs’s validating, recursive, caching DNS resolver, Unbound – although, with Debian stable, deciding on whether to run the included version of a given package is always an important feature, to avoid “breaking” the security and stability of Debian.

I have written documentation for software, operating systems, and hardware. I also have experience beta-testing software, technical support, and QA. I started hand-coding HTML in the early 1990s and had the privately of contributing to the Web sites of organizations such as the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (where I was contract webmaster in 1996), USHMM.org, and the International Education and Resource Network, iEARN.org.

I do hope, @Karol, that I can, indeed, help Blokada. (I admit that I have not yet tried the beta release of Blokada 5, simply because I understand there are stability issues I realize I must consider.)

Thanks, again!

Cordially,

David

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hi @dmdickerson and welcome! Nice to see you here, thanks for the intro. Quite exciting to have you onboard. Btw, Blokada 5 is out of beta for some time now, it’s reasonably stable (DoH may be causing some issues still).

Hello
I am also New here

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That’s cool, welcome:D
Is there a feature you are still missing in Blokada? If so check this category:
https://community.blokada.org/c/other/feedback/31

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Hi Karol

Greetings, @Karol!

Thank you for your kind e-mail message, and for alerting me to the fact that Blokada 5 is officially out of beta.

I use the F-Droid app whenever possible to find, install, and update apps In fact, Blokada came to my attention thanks to F-Droid – but, apparently, Blokada 5 has not yet made it to F-Droid.org’s repositories or the app is not updating. (Recently, when F-Droid’s app notifies me that an update is available for an app I’ve obtained via F-Droid, selecting the update option in the notification yields an error that a “problem” occurred, so I search F-Droid (the app) for the app I know has an update and manually install the update.

I have had similarly glitches over the last few months, but “clean” installations have not helped, and I haven’t seen enough consistency to report a potentially valid bug. Ironically, I started using F-Droid’s app in 2016 on a very inexpensive Samsung smartphone and with no issues. I’ve had issues only with this Galaxy A20 that was a Christmas gift last year. (I have verified one occasion, before I disabled automatic updates from Google Play, when Google overwrote (“updated”) VLC Player (which originated from F-Droid!) and literally broke it. I uninstalled the copy Google hijacked and reinstalled the copy (same version) via F-Droid, which fixed VLC. I failed to collect any documentation, but I verified RMS’s assertion that any proprietary software potentially is malware, because there is no way to verify its status.

I’ll check F-Droid for Blockada 5, @Karol. (Two days ago, several Web sites that have worked without problems in the latest mobile Firefox and Firefox Beta releases stopped displaying properly, as if the JavaScript and CSS could not work, The sites aren’t related and I’ve made no Blokada 4 configuration changes, although disabling Blokada 4 resolved most issues. I’ve not researched the issues, and my vague description is evidence of my lack of data about a novel anomaly.

Cordially,

David

Blokada 5 is ready for fdroid, just waiting for the moderators to include it:

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Awesome news!
Will it auto-update v4 or run alongside:)?

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Hello I’m Guido from Germany and I think the Blokada App is very successful and it works fantastic in the background. I am looking forward to updates. Greetings Guido
When do you think the version will be available in the F-Droid Store? Is the problem with the high battery consumption fixed?

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There will be two separate versions on fdroid, v5 and v4. Not recommended to install both. The v5 will be available once fdroid approves it.

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Hello everyone,
Joe from Germany - I try to explain the topic privacy and security when using the internet and smartfones to my friends and relatives. It’s like Don Quixote’s fight against the windmills :flushed:
But Blokada helps here with its easy usability :sunglasses:

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