Re: Firefox beta vs release
- Date: Tue, 23 Apr 2019 09:31:55 -0700
- From: NFN Smith <worldoff9908@xxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: Firefox beta vs release
On 2/16/2019 1:52 PM, The Real Bev wrote:
I was on the beta channel -- most recent I installed was 66b4. I'm
tired of the nagging, so I want to go back to the release channel. Made
the appropriate change in prefs.js, but Help/About Firefox still shows
beta channel/66b4. Will this stop once 66 is released or do I have to
and install 65 first?
Asked in m.s.f. too, of course, but it's Saturday and I'm me...
Changing channels is best done via an install, not changing prefs.
One other consideration -- profiles are no longer backward compatible. I
don't know what the consequences would be be, but if you have a profile
that has been used with 66b, you could have issues with data corruption
if you use that profile with a re-install of 65. I believe that most of
the issue is around the various SQLite databases.
It might not be a problem to downgrade, but this is always a place where
it's useful to make sure you have backups of any data you care about.
For most users, my guess is that the thing that you're most likely to
care about would be your bookmarks.
I do run betas in a virtual machine, and my experience is that when a
release moves from beta to a full release, there's typically a lag of a
couple of days before the next beta is release. Thus, if you want to
convert without concern about incompatibilities with your profiles, you
could go the route of waiting until the day that 66 hits the release
channel. Then, uninstall 66b (and don't remove profiles) and install a
newly-downloaded copy of 66.
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