Re: Intent to ship: A new front-end for addons.mozilla.org (AMO)
- Date: Mon, 16 Oct 2017 08:44:23 -0700
- From: NFN Smith <worldoff9908@xxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: Intent to ship: A new front-end for addons.mozilla.org (AMO)
I am hoping they will not drop all XUL addons so quickly as November
2nd, FF52ESR will still be supported until Q2 2018. Has anyone copied
the AMO database yet? A few people were thinking about this over in
I spent hours a few weeks ago downloading to disk the most recent
compatible version all XUL extensions I use on Fx 52.4 ESR, Pale Moon
26.5 and SeaMonkey 2.48. I'm wondering what will happen to Pale Moon
and SeaMonkey if Mozilla suddenly removed all XUL extensions next month.
I hope they have the good sense to wait until Fx 52 ESR goes
unsupported next year. Someone should copy the entire database though.
Definitely a concern.
I think I've seen one or two developers (and I don't remember which)
indicate that they'll keep the XUL versions going, as long as there's
supported browsers to use them.
One consideration with Seamonkey is that compatible extensions are
listed (at least initially) at a slightly different location:
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/seamonkey/. There's also some
extensions that wider than just Firefox that can be used in both
Thunderbird and Seamonkey.
Besides downloading (a good step), it's probably also good to follow and
log links to developers' home pages, where those exist. I just went
through a list of about a dozen or so extensions, and I found a mix of
outcomes -- developers who are making the change, developers that aren't
making the change, as well as several varieties of developers that seem
to have abandoned projects. Some have only info at AMO, some link
through to pages that don't resolve, or no info related to extensions.
Some developer AMO pages list one or two extensions that are advertised
to work in 57+, but others that don't, and no indication of status of
ongoing development or abandonment.
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