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Why can't I log in to some sites with some browsers?
A number of things could cause a page not to load, but I'm curious about something. Does kazekahase identify itself as another browser? When a website connects to your browser it requests the IP and can also request host information like your browser and operating system. Opera has the ability to let you choose what information you send like this, and even pretend it's Internet Explorer or some version of Netscape/Mozilla. I'm wondering if this browser you're using isn't sending any identification at all, and the websites don't know what to do with it?Registered Linux user #270181
That sounds as if it might be the problem. But how do I find out? I've browsed through the about:config list but haven't found an entry that seems to determine how the browser identifies itself. The one that looks most relevant is:
general.useragent.override Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux i686; U Gecko/0 Kazehakase/0.4.2 Debian/0.4.2-1etch1");
Here's a cute little script that reads what your browser is calling itself:
Well, according to that site's detection setup, I'm using an "unknown version" of Mozilla! It looks to me as if this should be compatible with Mozilla 5.0 (see above) so I created an explicit navigator.userAgent with a value of "Mozilla/5.0", unset the general.useragent.override and tried again on one of the sites that has given me problems. No luck!
Well, it's a niggle, not a disaster. It just means I have to keep iceweasel as a backup for those sites that won't play ball with kazehakase. And at least I have learned something new about browsers in the process.
btw when I do it in iceweasel, I get Mozilla 1.8.