Hi, I’m using Brave. I’ve been contributing a few chunks of code and reported a bunch of bugs. The project is kind of flawed. On Linux, I have to restart the browser several times per hour because it stops rendering pages entirely – and the bug is reproducible with two steps and have gone unfixed for months.
I’m using Brave side-by-side with Firefox, and my usage varies from day to day depending on how patient I am with their many bugs. I read my feed reader in Brave, and that pretty much ensures I open my favorite websites in Brave rather than Firefox.
I wrote up a few hundred words on Brave and the problems they face just last week, for anyone interested.
Anyway, to some of the points in this episode:
- Brave aren’t signnig up publishers yet. The systems for that aren’t ready yet.
- Brave hopes users will be willling to deal with the complicated bullshit that is BitCoin and pay websites directly with funds from their Brave Wallets (a BitCoin wallet address).
So they still have quiet a way to go. Their main problem will of course be user adoption. However, I think they’d be much better off if they would ship it as a browser extension rather than forcing their system (which is already implemented as a WebExtension) into it’s own browser/product. The barrier to adoption would be much smaller if they simply shipped a browser extension for Chrome/Firefox/Opera/Edge (all support variants of WebExtension). Scaling down their ambitions, at least to start, would also mean they’d possibly get a revenue source that could fund other projects like their mobile browser and their stand-alone browser.