K9 on Linux, or something close to it

The information on this page is out of date because ProCon Latte is no longer available. :-(

Feel free to give Pluckeye standalone a try, but don't expect it to be K9.

Out of date instructions

Around the web you may find recommendations to use the K9 browser from Blue Coat. But K9 doesn't support linux. This page will describe how to achieve a password-protected, K9-like experience using Pluckeye and the ProCon Latte Content Filter.

Note that the following steps describe one of the ways Pluckeye can be used to create a K9-ish setup. There are other ways to achieve similar filtering using just Pluckeye or Pluckeye and other browser addons, but only one such setup is here described for simplicity.

The steps

  1. Install Firefox.
  2. Install Pluckeye.
  3. Install ProCon Latte Content Filter.
  4. Configure Pluckeye to defer to ProCon Latte like so:
    pluck add "package ProCon Latte Content Filter"
  5. Restart Firefox.
  6. Set Pluckeye to installation level 2 to prevent bypass using other browsers such as Chrome.
  7. Change the Pluckeye delay to 24 hours to prevent bypass.
  8. Configure ProCon Latte password, just like you would the K9 password.
  9. Done!