Re: Is FF losing popularity in so dramatic way?
- Date: Mon, 19 Jun 2017 14:51:04 -0700
- From: NFN Smith <worldoff9908@xxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: Is FF losing popularity in so dramatic way?
While I have about 13 add-on, I only really rely on a very few, less
than a hand full. I suspect that ABP will be one that will have support
dropped for it and, as such, will eventually fall out of usefulness
after web sites find ways around its existing configuration.
On that, the news is good: ABP also has a Chrome version, and thus, they
already support the Web Extensions API. I haven't checked closely, but I
think they already have a version that runs in the betas that don't have
For me, I'm hoping that I don't lose a couple of extensions that are
companions to ABP.
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.
Thanks, regrettably, I keep forgetting about SeaMonkey but, even so,
their resources are constrained, too. If I'm not mistaken, they were
able to take advantages of Fx security fixes that were part of XPCOM
and, once Fx abandons it at Fx57, it's unclear whether they'll be able
to handle that adequately.
However, if it's a matter of staying with an unsupported Fx56.x and a
quasi-supported XPCOM, SM would be the better choice.
Seamonkey is definitely constrained. They were generally making releases
that parallel Firefox/Gecko releases, and they've missed several release
dates. 2.46 is the last officially-released version, and I believe that
it's 2.49 that's nearing full release. In the meantime, there's a number
of Seamonkey users that have taken to running a contributed build, as a
way of keeping up with the security fixes.
Once 2.49 is released, then Seamonkey will be following the Firefox ESR
track, but it still remains to see what they'll do when Firefox 52.8ESR
Of other forked builds, I haven't heard what either PaleMoon or Waterfox
are planning to do, but I know that the developers of Cyberfox are in
the process of ending their work. Maybe PaleMoon's fork of Gecko to
Goanna may help, but I haven't yet seen anything about what they intend
to do with extensions support.
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