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Old 23. Dec 2011, 02:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default SeaMonkey 2.6.1

A couple of days ago I updated SeaMonkey to v2.6, which has now updated again to v2.6.1. After updating to 2.6 the WOT add-on was shown as incompatible and ceased to work. I mentioned this in the Firefox 9.0 thread but thought it best to start a new thread for this. Anyway, Concerned User replied to my post about the WOT issue, saying that installing the Add-on Compatibility Reporter would resolve the problem, which it did.

After installing Compatibility Reporter I decided to try and install a mouse gesture add-on, Redox Mouse Gestures, which I hadn't been able to use for ages because it was listed as incompatible and wouldn't install. This time it installed and now works perfect, which I'm very pleased about

So today, after updating to SM v2.6.1, I checked to see if WOT and Redox were affected by the change, they still worked, so I disabled the Compatibility Reporter to see what happened, and they both still work, even though the SM Add-on Manager still lists them as incompatible, as does the SM add-on site.

I then thought to try and install a theme, Nautipolis for SeaMonkey, which also hasn't worked for ages, but now it does and is no longer shown as incompatible on the SM Add-ons site.

I'm not much of an add-on freak, but do use a few, and I never thought to try the Compatibility Reporter with SM until Concerned User mentioned it.

So, I now have a question. How can it be that these add-ons still work with Compatibility Reporter disabled, and even though they're listed as non compatible on the add-on site with v2.6.1? - Should they still work under these settings, with the Comp Reporter disabled?

It's no big deal to me, but if anyone knows the answer I'd be interested to hear it. Maybe it's just the SM add-ons site not being updated quickly enough, with all these new browser version updates. But I haven't been able to install Redox for months, and now it's working. I find it strange.

Anyway, whatever the reason, SeaMonkey is working perfect for me again. I don't use it as default anymore but I've never stopped using it, mainly because I use the feed reader and the composer a lot. Some of the recent releases of the browser have been a bit disappointing to be honest, but for me it's still lighter than FF, resources wise, especially when you consider that it's a full browser suite.

Thanks again to Concerned User for steering me in the direction of using the Compatibility Reporter because I was getting to the point of, maybe, giving up on it this time after the WOT issue. Now I'm going to use it more.
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Old 23. Dec 2011, 03:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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@ deya: Glad that your addons are working fine again!

Be warned, this is a long post:

Addons like compatibility reporter or nightly tester tools will disable addon compatibility so that you can install any addon that you please (even those marked incompatible). You can do this in the "about:config" page manually.

http://kb.mozillazine.org/Extensions.checkCompatibility

Even more adventurous persons will attempt to download the addon manually (it's an .xpi file), rename it to .zip or .rar, change the compatibility and then try installing it (I've tried it in the past and in most cases, it ends up working fine). Reference given below:

http://kb.mozillazine.org/Editing_an..._compatibility

This might sometimes result in strange behavior (browser crashes, weird displays, memory leaks, etc... you get the stuff).

On the other hand, the addons might just work fine (in most cases, will work out fine).

Once you've installed the addon or manually tweaked the about:config page, you will get a message in the addon manager "add on compatibility checking is disabled. You may have incompatible addons" because:

1. The addon creator(s) have not yet updated the addons for the current firefox version.

2. The addons page for firefox/seamonkey does not get updated instantly. Sometimes the addon creators release updated versions more quickly while the Mozilla addons page may have a slight delay while releasing the updated versions.

Mozilla reviews each and every addon thoroughly. You might have noticed a small warning sign for some addons "This add-on has been preliminarily reviewed by Mozilla" meaning this has not been thoroughly reviewed yet. Example:

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/fir...t-permissions/

However, it sure is strange that Mozilla is taking a very long time to review the addon mentioned in the previous link (host permissions). Beats the heck out of me

Here is their review policy (I have only skimmed through the entire posting, but I think this covers everything that an addon creator needs to know).

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/dev...licies/reviews

Despite all these policies, there have been "rogue" addons which have slipped past Mozilla (in the past).

http://www.zdnet.com/blog/security/m...e-add-ons/5408

This should have hopefully answered most of your questions

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Old 24. Dec 2011, 01:12 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thank you for that, I'll read through the links. Your reply there has given me a bit more insight into it. I'll try a few more add-ons with SeaMonkey, although I don't tend to use many. But it's good to have SM back to how I like it once again because I do prefer it to FF.

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Old 24. Dec 2011, 05:39 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I used compatibility reporter to install my fav Leopard theme in the latest version of Thunderbird (Linux)
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Old 24. Dec 2011, 03:31 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Thing is, with me not using many add-ons I never think to use Compatibility Reporter. I just tend to wait for updates for add-ons if they don't work at first. The SeaMonkey / WOT issue has been mentioned in the mozillaZine forums though;

http://forums.mozillazine.org/viewto...f=3&p=11579213
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Old 24. Dec 2011, 04:53 PM   #6 (permalink)
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The saddest part of that forum thread is the fact that it got someone (quite a few) wondering about the "security of Gecko browsers based on Google's study". Nothing can beat common sense and best OS practices like LUA, avoiding dodgy sites etc..any time of the day.

Heck, with best practices a user would be safe using IE6 (maybe that's stretching the point too far, but I'm sure it's possible).

But hey, it's google, the world's biggest search engine..How could they be wrong? .

On topic: the addon compatibility reporter is a very useful tool and you can actually "flag" each addon whether it is working properly or not and it sends out a report to the addon writer.

@ deya: as a firefox/seamonkey/gecko browser user, we all tend to start out with minimal addons and then move on to using a zillion addons.
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Old 31. Jan 2012, 03:31 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Just updated to SeaMonkey 2.7, no problems with add-ons this time. Browser's running perfect.
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Old 14. Mar 2012, 06:58 PM   #8 (permalink)
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SeaMonkey 2.8 has been released. Updated, no problems.

http://www.seamonkey-project.org/
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