We explored uBlock, one of the most promising ad-blockers for webbrowsers, in an earlier article. However, there has been a recent fallout among the developers leading to a fork of the original project. The maintainer of the original branch is now Chris AlJoudi and he retains the name uBlock. The original author Raymond Hill decided not to contribute to the original branch and is developing the uBlock Origin fork independently. In our earlier article we linked to Raymond’s original uBlock. The difference between the forks is still minimal and memory usage remains almost the same.
Chris AlJoudi is under fire on Reddit due to several actions in recent past:
- In a Wikipedia edit for uBlock, Chris removed all credits to Raymond and added his name without any mention of the original author’s contribution.
- Chris pledged a donation with overblown details on expenses like $25 per week for web hosting.
- The activities of Chris since he took over the project are more business and advertisement oriented than development driven.
We stand by our choice of Raymond Hill’s uBlock Origin for obvious reasons: he is the original author of uBlock and is still contributing with significant check-ins. Note that the logo for uBlock Origin has also changed.