Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 27th Sep 2011 19:45 UTC, submitted by lemur2
Mozilla & Gecko clones Mozilla has released Firefox 7. Unlike releases of Firefox 5 and Firefox 6 which were relatively minor upgrades to the browser, Firefox 7 includes a number of significant improvements, most important of which is probably the drastically reduced memory usage.
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There is a plan to improve extensions
by smitty on Wed 28th Sep 2011 18:29 UTC
smitty
Member since:
2005-10-13

Starting with Firefox 8.

The extensions will start being treated as compatible by default, with certain one blacklisted if they are known to cause problems.

FF8 will bring a way to manage the addons installed outside the browser as well, like those Java addons.

Eventually the goal is to get all addons using the new JetPack API which will remain more stable, and allow for restartless installations.

Edited 2011-09-28 18:30 UTC

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Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

smitty,

"Starting with Firefox 8. The extensions will start being treated as compatible by default, with certain one blacklisted if they are known to cause problems."

I'm running FF 9 Nightly alpha builds, and almost every single update breaks some addons. Just 5 minute ago I was prompted to update, but warned that it would break some of my addons.

http://www.screenshots.cc/photos/medium/50180-a1w8g.jpg
http://www.screenshots.cc/photos/medium/50179-nhsgj.jpg

If what you say is true, I'm curious why they haven't applied this fix to FF9 Alpha yet. Mozilla hosing addons all the time sucks, both as a user and as a developer.

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

smitty, "Starting with Firefox 8. The extensions will start being treated as compatible by default, with certain one blacklisted if they are known to cause problems." I'm running FF 9 Nightly alpha builds, and almost every single update breaks some addons. Just 5 minute ago I was prompted to update, but warned that it would break some of my addons. http://www.screenshots.cc/photos/medium/50180-a1w8g.jpg http://www.screenshots.cc/photos/medium/50179-nhsgj.jpg If what you say is true, I'm curious why they haven't applied this fix to FF9 Alpha yet. Mozilla hosing addons all the time sucks, both as a user and as a developer.


Here is a rational discussion of this:

http://blog.fligtar.com/2011/09/26/add-on-compatibility-progress-pl...

Here is the money quote:
"Compatibility-breaking changes in Firefox have been minimal in the first four 6-week development cycles, with the exception of two larger changes that were reverted because of their larger impact. Jorge has posted detailed guides to changes that affect add-on developers for each of those releases (5 & 6, 7, 8), and Firefox developers are often coming to us to discuss the impact of their changes on add-ons.

We’ve automatically bumped thousands of add-ons for each Aurora version and emailed developers with the results of our compatibility scanning. When Firefox 6 launched, 97% of add-ons compatible with Firefox 5 were still compatible with 6. And we’re on track to launch Firefox 7 tomorrow with 99% compatibility from 6."

99% compatibility. Thousands of add-ons automatically bumped.

I think that says it all with respect to this issue.

It seems there is some kind of Internet meme agenda to try to make a mountain out of this Firefox extension compatibility molehill.

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smitty Member since:
2005-10-13

smitty,

"Starting with Firefox 8. The extensions will start being treated as compatible by default, with certain one blacklisted if they are known to cause problems."

I'm running FF 9 Nightly alpha builds, and almost every single update breaks some addons. Just 5 minute ago I was prompted to update, but warned that it would break some of my addons.

http://www.screenshots.cc/photos/medium/50180-a1w8g.jpg
http://www.screenshots.cc/photos/medium/50179-nhsgj.jpg

If what you say is true, I'm curious why they haven't applied this fix to FF9 Alpha yet. Mozilla hosing addons all the time sucks, both as a user and as a developer.


You put my words in quotes like you were taking them exactly, but that's not what i said at all.

I said, they were going to start addressing the addon issue starting with FF8.

Then, separately, I said there was a plan to make addons compatible by default. Although I'll admit i worded it a bit unclearly. I don't know when that is supposed to take affect. Perhaps FF10, which is due to go into Aurora any time now.

The automatic compatibility also won't apply to any binary extensions, but I think the vast majority would be included.

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