Re: Is FF losing popularity in so dramatic way?
- Date: Mon, 19 Jun 2017 08:51:15 -0700
- From: NFN Smith <worldoff9908@xxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: Is FF losing popularity in so dramatic way?
I suspect when Fx57 (XPCOM redaction) hits there will be a significant
drop in Fx usage since many of the popular add-ons will no longer work.
Honestly, I'm not sure what I'll do since I rely on many of them. I'll
probably just use the last version of Fx56.
For the short run, ESR will buy you some time, but unfortunately, that
particular set of changes comes relatively late the lifespan of Fx52.x.
Beyond PaleMoon or Waterfox, Seamonkey is still an option, although some
may depend on which extensions you consider to be critical. In the
balance between Firefox and Seamonkey, many extensions support both, but
certainly not all. Some extensions can be converted using a tool that's
maintained by one of Seamonkey's developers. The ones that can't tend
to be ones that rely on Firefox features that haven't been implemented
in Seamonkey (e.g., Australis).
For my own use of extensions (and I use quite a few), I have a couple
that I have converted with the provided tool, and there's a couple that
I have in my Firefox profile that I can't convert to Seamonkey, although
I can live with that.
Probably the bigger limitation would be with extension developers that
simply end their projects, even if Seamonkey still is able to use their
stuff, whether direct support or via conversion.
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