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Re: Firefox Portable

#31 Post by Midas » Sun Oct 04, 2015 4:14 am

Strong endorsement for Firefox at Softpedia:

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Re: Firefox Portable

#32 Post by webfork » Sun Oct 04, 2015 11:42 am

Midas wrote:Firefox Is Much Better than Any Other Browser and Here's Why
I agree with a lot of this but that might be caused by the fact that the author and I are alike in our preferences, rather than Firefox is objectively better. He hits on the reasons I see a lot:
  • He's one of those users (like many here on PFW) that have loads of tabs open, which Firefox is best at managing
  • Has the best add-on system, which has been the primary draw for many years
  • Tweakable and customizable
Two points I was a little disappointed by:
  • This is really just a comparison of Chrome and FFox. Opera is essentially Chrome and IE is discarded outright.
  • Mentions iMacros in a way that implies it's only available for FFox, where in fact it can be used on Chrome and IE as well. It's a very good automation tool.
I think this format would have been better suited in a video where he could have shown some of the usability things he likes in FFox vs. those he dislikes in Chrome. Anyway, interesting stuff.

Edit: The article mentions the Update Scanner add-on, which I didn't know about and looks really sharp.

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Re: Firefox Portable

#33 Post by the_watcher » Sun Oct 04, 2015 12:45 pm

webfork wrote:Edit: The article mentions the Update Scanner add-on, which I didn't know about and looks really sharp.
Also check out Distill

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Re: Firefox Portable

#34 Post by ripu » Mon Dec 07, 2015 9:14 am

I use the portableapps version and it creates Mozilla folders both at Local and Roaming folder of AppData. So, how can it be stealth as mentioned in the main database entry?

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Re: Firefox Portable

#35 Post by JohnTHaller » Tue Dec 08, 2015 11:21 am

ripu wrote:I use the portableapps version and it creates Mozilla folders both at Local and Roaming folder of AppData. So, how can it be stealth as mentioned in the main database entry?
Because it cleans them both up on exit. If that's not the case for your specific setup, please post a detailed bug report in the PortableApps.com forums (including full install path, Windows version, any FirefoxPortable.ini modifications, anything left behind on exit, etc) and we'll figure out what's going on.
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Re: Firefox Portable

#36 Post by Guido76 » Thu Dec 17, 2015 6:21 am

Hello everybody,
Now, we have an official release for 64 bits version.
Do you think there is some possibilities to obtain in a short delay, a portable 64bits version ?
thank you,

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Re: Firefox Portable

#37 Post by SYSTEM » Thu Dec 17, 2015 6:45 am

Guido76 wrote:Hello everybody,
Now, we have an official release for 64 bits version.
Do you think there is some possibilities to obtain in a short delay, a portable 64bits version ?
thank you,
According to the release announcement, Firefox Portable 43.0 already works in 64-bit mode on 64-bit Windows.
This release updates to the latest version and introduces automatic dual-mode 32-bit and 64-bit operation, ensuring Firefox runs as fast as possible on every PC.
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Re: Firefox Portable

#38 Post by freakazoid » Thu Dec 17, 2015 1:12 pm

Also since Firefox v43 has a 64-bit build, those using PortableApps.com's version might want to use the 32-bit version instead.

To do this in Firefox Portable, open FirefoxPortable.ini and add this line:

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AlwaysUse32Bit=true
FWIW, Raymond.cc benchmarked the 64-bit build against the 32-bit, and 32-bit won almost every benchmark and uses considerably less memory:
https://www.raymond.cc/blog/mozilla-fir ... -to-32bit/

For my usage, I have 94 tabs open (don't ask). With 32-bit, RAM is 641MB. With 64-bit, it was ~200MB more.
is it stealth? ;)

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Re: Firefox Portable

#39 Post by webfork » Thu Dec 17, 2015 7:37 pm

freakazoid wrote:For my usage, I have 94 tabs open (don't ask). With 32-bit, RAM is 641MB. With 64-bit, it was ~200MB more.
Yeah that'll happen. I'll likely use that to stick with 32-bit for compatibility reasons. The only reason I see at this stage to switch to 64-bit at this stage is a possible security improvement. I can't seem to track down any clear data on 64-bit browser benchmarks doing much more than improving tech already built specifically for 64-bit.

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Re: Firefox Portable

#40 Post by Userfriendly » Thu Dec 17, 2015 8:27 pm

I use 64-bit Firefox just so I can avoid memory leak related crashes. With 32-bit, once it goes over 2.5GB due to a random memory leak from a badly coded javascript/image loaded website, browser will just crash instantly. At least with 64-bit, memory consumption will just keep rising past 3GB and slow down the browser considerably at which point I can backup whatever I'm doing and restart browser safely. Firefox rarely has memory leaks nowadays, most are caused by addons but 64-bit gives a bit more headroom. e10s electrolysis thing should help with this too in the future.

Another example of 64-bit preventing memory leak crashes is the game planetside 2. Used to be 32-bit only and memory leaks would cause majority of the crashes to the game. Now that it's 64-bit only, It would still sometimes hog a bunch of memory but now doesn't crash when it goes over 3GB.

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Re: Firefox Portable

#41 Post by Midas » Fri Dec 18, 2015 4:24 pm

Nice to know that, Userfriendly, thanks for the info. 8)

I'm facing a whole different issue with FF right now. Here's what my FF menu looks like (yes, it still does after upgrading to v43):
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I fashioned it like this after some research, ever since FF took the "fast development" schedule, wreaking havoc with my previous setup.

To do it, I had to use two different FF extensions: Personal Menu (http://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox ... onal-menu/), which allows you to restore the FF button and place it wherever you like best (top left corner, for me), and Mozilla's very own Menu Editor (http://menueditor.mozdev.org/; although not having been updated since 2011, it always worked perfectly for my intents) to choose and order the main entries and remove the remaining fluff.

After the last upgrade today, something I had long dreaded became true. Because Menu Editor is unsigned, the following message appeared in my FF Add-ons Manager (about:addons):
  • "Menu Editor could not be verified for use in Firefox and has been disabled".
Luckily, ATM everything else is working as it should. But soon enough I'll be faced with having to reconfigure FF and then I'll be yet another usability feature short again. :x

Any insights/suggestions welcome...

P.S.: I'm well aware of the ALT keyboard shortcut to display FF menu -- it just doesn't replace my mouse only convenience... :cry:

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Re: Firefox Portable

#42 Post by Userfriendly » Fri Dec 18, 2015 5:27 pm

Add in about:config "xpinstall.signatures.required" Boolean "false" to allow unsigned extensions.

Alternatively, copy paste this into pref.js "user_pref("xpinstall.signatures.required", false);"

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Re: Firefox Portable

#43 Post by Midas » Sat Dec 19, 2015 4:17 am

Thanks yet again, Userfriendly. I searched high and low, but can't recall a mention of that key... :oops:

EDIT: other possible solutions to the same problem in Martin Brinkmann's excellent articles at Ghacks.net...
EDIT2: just noting a resource I really wish I had a while back -- http://www.m64.info/...
More than that, they also have benchmarks of 64-bits versus 32, links to Firefox alternatives, including portable, etc.

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Re: Firefox Portable

#44 Post by Midas » Fri Mar 18, 2016 10:28 am

From v45 on, Firefox now has its own CLI (command line interface). To try it, press 'SHIFT+F2' (and 'help+ENTER' for the commands list). 8)
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Re: Firefox Portable

#45 Post by webfork » Wed Jun 01, 2016 7:14 pm

This is somewhat old news now but evidently Iceweasel (a rebrand of Mozilla for Linux) has been dropped. I'm very glad to see this, if only because it was confusing and annoying "the license made me do it" tweak that never seemed substantive to me and just confused people outside the open source / Free Software community.

It's not hurting LibreOffice adoption when people find out that it comes with virtually every Linux distro so I'd feel similarly confident if I could say something similar of Firefox. Before you say "but how many Linux users are browsing with Google Chrome?" the answer is unclear (I couldn't find anything on distrowatch) but this might be instructive.

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