SRWare Iron
SRWare Iron 31.0.1700.0
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SRWare Iron, or simply Iron, is a free and open-source Web browser implementation of Chromium which primarily aims to eliminate usage tracking and other privacy compromising functionality that the Google Chrome browser includes.
What's New
Version 31.0.1700.0:
  • New features for web apps
  • Performance improvements
  • Security/Bug fixes
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.7 or later





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Jolyjumper reviewed on 21 Feb 2014
1. I don't care about cyrill-howard controversy and Chromium/Iron antagonism

2. SRWare Iron is a good stuff on Mac

3. SRWare Iron is too late for security updates and it's a serious fail for a browser

Use with caution
[Version 31.0.1700.0]


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Cyril-Howard reviewed on 12 Jul 2013
People, please DON'T trust this browser!

Iron is a scam!

A scam by some greedy German who just regularly takes a Chromium source package, claims to remove 'spying' funcions, which is nothing more than changing a few settings (that you can change yourself - by going to ... the settings page)
- and on top of that, he is apparently putting his own ad framework into it.
Of course the versions are never up to date, so good luck with mainting browser security.

If you search around a bit you will find enough links to articles and forums which elaborate on the nature of this scam, this source for example is pretty revealing:

http://www.insanitybit.com/2012/06/23/srware-iron-browser-a-real-private-alternative-to-chrome-21/

Seems like the only reason Iron exists is to lure people on to his page so he can cash in several Google Ads and Analytics Bonuses.


I invite you to give me hybris for this, flame away people.

Or maybe save the time and read up for a minute on what disgusting piece of dodgy software you are raving about.
[Version 27.0.1500.0]

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David_Evian replied on 22 Jul 2013
Yes it's a bit ironic that someone uses Google's ad programme, maybe a bit hypocritical, while at the same time criticising their privacy track record.

Bit because someone makes money with something doesn't mean it's a scam. Because someone brags about making making in a chat channel doesn't make it a scam either.

The article you're pointing to is apparently written by a fan of Google, and tends to gloss over the implications of sending unique information back to Google, as if they don't matter and can be explained away at face value in terms of how Google frame this. But that's the position of the author of the article, it's not the position of others.

Google's track record on the broad structures of privacy are abysmal to put it mildly, and overall user privacy is not a part of Google's strategy. Anything that draws attention to that is no bad thing in my book.

Because some relatively small changes were made in SRWare Iron, doesn't make them totally worthless. A lot of people are too daft to configure this stuff themselves. People are free to use it or not use it. Personally I think Chrome is crappy ugly browser and isn't 'super fast' as promised on any platform I've tried it on. But it's useful to have different browsers around.
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Cyril-Howard replied on 06 Aug 2013
It's insofar a scam that the Iron developer makes claims about features of Iron which range from having no meaning at all to plain ridiculous seemingly in order to generate clicks, all hyprocrisy aside.
All those "features" are basic chromium settings you can change within a minute or two.
Here's someone that offers a not up-to-date, unsigned, maldocumented chromium binary with a few trivial settings changed, and that in very irregular intervals.

The well up-to-date Chromium stable from http://www.freesmug.org/chromium features (in accordance with Chromiums release calendar) Chromium 28 stable while the latest Mac build of Iron is still based on Chromium 26 (release date: Feb 11th, 2013).

There have been 3 (!) security updates since version 26.
I hope we don't have to argue about the importance of keeping your browser up to date in order to keep your system safe.That alone to me would be a deal breaker.

And even if the author of that article was a "google fan", his case is far better documented than any part of the SRWare website - the browser is probably the most hostile environment for your computer anyway - why on earth choose a maldocumented, poorly maintained, month old binary from some dubious developer who uses agent smith as an avatar over the official well documented up-to-date version from either chromium projects or freesmug?
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trungpt reviewed on 25 Jun 2013
A great cross-platform browser. Should support 10.6.x also.
[Version 27.0.1500.0]


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Lumac52 reviewed on 24 Dec 2012
Excellent! I love Chrome, but I uninstalled it recently because I was fed up the obligatory Auto-Update system that comes with it (among other factors). With SRWare Iron I get all the goodness of Chrome, including all my usual extensions, without the annoyances. On my system it appears to be running flawlessly. Thanks for providing this.
[Version 23.0.1300.0]

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cutie2011 replied on 13 Feb 2013
People with Snow Leopard can use the FreeSmug Chromium builds. SRWare developer ceased to support the "old" OS.

http://www.freesmug.org/chromium

Latest stable build (v24) works flawlessly on 10.6 without annoyances.
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bbw7 replied on 22 Mar 2013
@cutie2011,

Yes, that is the primary version of Chromium, i.e. the one to which you point; however, if I read between the lines correctly, unlike SRWare Iron, Chromium still does some level of usage tracking. I don't see any mention of lack of usage tracking at the chromium site, although it would seem to be a major feature to taut if it were the case.

Can anyone else more informed comment on this?
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bbw7 replied on 22 Mar 2013
@Lumac52,

I'm no Chrome apologist by any measure, but there is a way to disable the google auto update feature:

In terminal:

"defaults write com.google.Keystone.Agent checkInterval 0"

http://support.google.com/installer/bin/answer.py?hl=en&ctx=go&answer=147176
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Lumac52 replied on 24 Mar 2013
@bbw7,

Thanks, you're right, Chrome has fortunately now made it possible to disable auto-updates. I almost switched back to Chrome for this reason, but for now I'm sticking with Iron because I prefer the way it turns off suggestions in the omnibox. See http://www.srware.net/en/software_srware_iron_chrome_vs_iron.php
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Helmo Hass commented on 14 Dec 2012
To macupdate :
Just avoid any misunderstanding can you please modify the minimum sys requirements for this as 10.7
as till now even this newest release Do Not Work under Snow Leopard.
Thanks
[Version 23.0.1300.0]

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MacUpdate---Ryan replied on 14 Dec 2012
Thanks for the heads up, I've updated the system requirements on our listing.
burypromote

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Zampom reviewed on 02 Dec 2012
Heads up. As of 12/2/2012, version 23 is out ... BUT this one still crashes on start-up using Snow Leopard. So, if you are still using SL, stay with version 21.
[Version 22.0.1250.0]


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Helmo Hass commented on 12 Nov 2012
working fine on Mlion but refuses to launch under 10.6.8
[Version 22.0.1250.0]

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Zampom replied on 12 Nov 2012
Yes, crashes on launch in 10.6.8. Multiple of reports of this crash on the SRWare forum. Reverted back to Iron 21 for the time being.
burypromote

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Helmo Hass replied on 12 Nov 2012
Thanks Zampon for your clarification .. i did it as well.
burypromote

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Zampom replied on 12 Nov 2012
Also, should note that according info at SRWare, OS requirement is now 10.6 or greater ... 10.5 no longer supported.
burypromote

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Jyjon reviewed on 14 Apr 2012
Worked great until I did the OS X java update on 4/13/12. Now it takes 2 to 3 minutes to load webpages, if they load.

Safari and other browsers I've tested run just fine.
[Version 17.0.1000.0]


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David_Evian reviewed on 15 Mar 2012
ugly garbage./ can't resume failed download
[Version 17.0.1000.0]


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David_Evian reviewed on 15 Mar 2012
ugly garbage. And can't' resume failed download to boot. Come on, this novel 'innovation' was conquered years ago.
[Version 17.0.1000.0]


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Rafdella had trouble on 06 Feb 2010
Few words don't run.....
[Version 4.0.275.2]

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Felix01 replied on 25 Feb 2010
Great writeup. I'll vote :-(

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Virtualruffy rated on 22 Dec 2013

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Rasputinsrevengereloadet rated on 21 Dec 2013

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Seanandersen rated on 20 Dec 2013

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Monkeyjunkey rated on 20 Dec 2013

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Monkeyjunkey rated on 02 Sep 2013

[Version 27.0.1500.0]



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Derekcurrie rated on 23 Jun 2013

[Version 27.0.1500.0]



+245

Monkeyjunkey rated on 10 Mar 2013

[Version 24.0.1350.0]



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jackout rated on 02 Mar 2013

[Version 24.0.1350.0]



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Classic rated on 23 Feb 2013

[Version 24.0.1350.0]



hans789 rated on 04 Dec 2012

[Version 23.0.1300.0]


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Date:20 Dec 2013
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