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Old 16. Dec 2015, 05:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Mozilla Firefox 43.0 has been released and is available officially.

Release notes here:

https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefo.../releasenotes/

Offline setup can be downloaded here:

https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/all/

Firefox 64-bit stable version is also now available for download, from the above link.
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Old 16. Dec 2015, 12:57 PM   #2 (permalink)
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to save someone else googling work...

firefox 43 disabled a lot of my addons, turn xpinstall.signatures.required to false to re-enable them

I don't care if my addons were from firefox 29... I'm using them because I like them. I dislike how firefox tries to decide for me which ones I can use or can't... If it really wasn't something I could toggle in settings, I would have decided that firefox isn't for me anymore.

Anyhow, they all work still, so I'll keep using firefox. Nothing else to note about this new version yet
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Old 16. Dec 2015, 02:43 PM   #3 (permalink)
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firefox 43 disabled a lot of my addons, turn xpinstall.signatures.required to false to re-enable them

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And now comes the bad news. Mozilla will remove this entry from about:config, which means that starting with Firefox 44, this won't be possible anymore.
http://news.softpedia.com/news/firef...k-497715.shtml


Isn't this something similar to what MS are doing with Windows 10? Programs / add-ons that might break the system or aren't proven to be secure are wiped off. Not everyone's happy about it but it makes some sense to me.

Not being a Google Chrome fan I tried Seamonkey and Pale Moon recently, sticking with Firefox a little while longer.
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Old 16. Dec 2015, 02:53 PM   #4 (permalink)
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If it really wasn't something I could toggle in settings, I would have decided that firefox isn't for me anymore.
According to Ghacks, that setting will be removed in Firefox 44. I don't use a lot of add-ons but if it affects one that's important to me I would have to start looking at my options.

BTW, according to the same Ghacks article, Firefox x64 only supports Flash and Silverlight plugins. That makes it kinda useless to me even though my system is 64-bit.

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I see MaikL has beaten me to it.

Personally, I think what Mozilla is trying to achieve is a great idea but the execution is wrong. Experience users should have an override option otherwise they (Mozilla) is going to alienate a lot of loyal users.
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Isn't this something similar to what MS are doing with Windows 10? Programs / add-ons that might break the system or aren't proven to be secure are wiped off. Not everyone's happy about it but it makes some sense to me.
To me, it does not sounds like what MS is doing. I read MS removed Speccy, and we all know how Speccy is quite a good program and not bad. So, MS are deciding on their own and removing the programs.

But here, what Mozilla is doing is trying to make it more secure for the users. They had told it quite sometime ago about the add-ons will be signed in future. The developers should have prepared for it by now. If they didn't, it's their fault. And I don't think it's a big thing to sign an add-on?

I don't use many add-ons though, only a few, and their developers signed them. I had problem with XMarks, because it did not show any new update for me when I checked for updates via Firefox itself. I wrote to them about it and asked if their add-on will be signed, because I use it, and need it. They replied back that they had already did it, and I just had to re-download it again.

So, maybe write to the developers and ask, or, just see at their site if they have the signed version ready. Maybe re-download the add-on and see.

I think this a good practice, and will add some security for the users.
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BTW, according to the same Ghacks article, Firefox x64 only supports Flash and Silverlight plugins. That makes it kinda useless to me even though my system is 64-bit.
I think you might be confusing plugins and add-ons? Both are different. Only those two plugins will be supported, but in terms of add-ons, I think the usual add-ons will be supported?

I am not sure though, just guessing logically from what I read. I don't have 64-bit system to test this.

In terms of plugins, Flash and Silverlight should be more than enough, for now.
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[Edit]I see MaikL has beaten me to it.
Yeah, but your link's more informative.


Way I understand it, plug-ins and extensions are both add-ons - but my understanding could be wrong.

From what I can make out, Windows 10 can/will remove quite a few programs, including AVs, that "don't properly function" with Windows 10. Actually sounds like a good idea to me, although I can understand people being a bit irked when stuff gets auto-wiped from their PC.

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Way I understand it, plug-ins and extensions are both add-ons - but my understanding could be wrong.
That is my understanding too but like you I could be wrong.

BTW, here's another article from Ghacks on that topic.
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I think what software companies fail to recognize is that while they can remove addons/software... we can remove them entirely and move to a different system

So far I'm happy with windows 10, but I still like XP best so if I get pissed off at MS, I will just dig out my old XP disks and install it over 10

same with firefox, I will just keep using the last version that works for me

If there are "new" features, I can always pick them up in a different software anyways instead of having it tied to current one. I'm already not that happy that firefox/windows/most software are moving in the social direction. I don't need my software to be"social". If I want to use it, I will just go to their site and get it there.

Same with one drive in windows 10, why would I want it as part of OS? I am happy downloading/installing it as it's own program without OS integration...
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Add-ons and plugins are not the same. Add-ons add extra features or functionality to the browser, whereas, plugins are mainly for the third-party programs like flash, silverlight, etc.
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