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Re: Firefox Portable

#46 Post by Midas » Thu Jun 02, 2016 7:10 am

Midas wrote:From v45 on, Firefox now has its own CLI (command line interface). To try it, press 'CTRL+F2' (and 'help+ENTER' for the commands list). 8)
  • After the v46.x update, this appears to be no longer true. WTF? :?

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Re: Firefox Portable

#47 Post by webfork » Sat Jun 04, 2016 4:25 pm

Midas wrote:From v45 on, Firefox now has its own CLI (command line interface). To try it, press 'CTRL+F2' (and 'help+ENTER' for the commands list). 8)
According to this https://hacks.mozilla.org/2012/08/new-f ... op-faster/ it's Shift+F2. Though if you have your F-keys setup for things like volume and other features, it'll be Function+Shift+F2.

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Re: Firefox Portable

#48 Post by Midas » Sun Jun 05, 2016 12:01 pm

webfork wrote:According to this https://hacks.mozilla.org/2012/08/new-f ... op-faster/ it's Shift+F2.
  • Confirmed. Yep, still there, my mistake... :oops:

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Re: Firefox Portable

#49 Post by Checker » Wed Jun 08, 2016 10:47 am

Nice update :!: (v47.0)
- Support for Google’s Widevine CDM on Windows and Mac OS X so streaming services like Amazon Video can switch from Silverlight to encrypted HTML5 video.
- Enable VP9 video codec for users with fast machines.
- Embedded YouTube videos now play with HTML5 video if Flash is not installed.
- View and search open tabs from your smartphone or another computer in a sidebar.
- Allow no-cache on back/forward navigations for https resources.
- Latgalu [ltg] locale added. Wikipedia tells us there are 164,500 daily speakers.

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Re: Firefox Portable

#50 Post by webfork » Thu Jun 09, 2016 3:04 pm

Checker wrote:- Embedded YouTube videos now play with HTML5 video if Flash is not installed.
- Support for Google’s Widevine CDM on Windows and Mac OS X so streaming services like Amazon Video can switch from Silverlight to encrypted HTML5 video.
Agreed -- good news. I usually prefer HTML5 video but it's mostly that they're getting away from Flash and Silverlight video.

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Re: Official Firefox Portable?

#51 Post by webfork » Sun Jun 26, 2016 6:17 pm

freakazoid wrote:There's a Firefox addon called Multifox that allows you to open different tabs while logged in with different accounts. For example, let's say I wanted to login as username1 on gmail.com on one tab, while logging in as username2 on gmail.com on another tab.
So it looks like Multifox is being integrated into the browser. Great news as it looks like the storage and other tools will be even more separated than with the current add-on.

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Re: Firefox Portable

#52 Post by SYSTEM » Tue Aug 02, 2016 8:33 pm

I found a comparison of memory usage of the most common browsers (from a Firefox developer, February 2016). I figured it may interest some people here.

http://www.erahm.org/2016/02/12/are-they-slim-yet/
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Re: Firefox Portable

#53 Post by Midas » Thu Aug 04, 2016 6:56 am

Yes, it does. From the charts therein, Firefox has roughly equal consumption on Windows and Ubuntu, but doubles in MacOS, while Chrome always beats it in hogging memory bytes on all platforms.

Plus, I found this (sadly) funny:
Here's a related piece of news conveyed by Martin Brinkmann at Ghacks.net that might be of interest for anyone desiring to run unsigned extensions after the Firefox v48 update:
  • [url]http://www.ghacks.net/2016/07/30/firefox-unbranded-build-downloads/[/url] author wrote:Firefox Stable and Beta versions cannot override add-on signing anymore which means that users cannot install unsigned add-ons in those browser versions. A switch was provided up until now to bypass this, but it will be removed with the release of Firefox 48.

    [...]

    Mozilla announced unbranded builds of Firefox some time ago to remedy that issue. Recently, very early builds were made available.
Apparently the builds are available from https://wiki.mozilla.org/Add-ons/Extens ... ded_Builds -- but I was unable to download any release packages, only the Betas... :?

EDIT: confusingly, some downloads can be found at http://archive.mozilla.org/pub/firefox/ ... -on-devel/...

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Re: Firefox Portable

#54 Post by webfork » Fri Aug 05, 2016 1:18 pm

Although it's been my browser of choice for quite some time now (the only other browser I use is also from Mozilla), but I don't put a lot of stock on some of the features that Firefox has lately shoved in. More recently however, the latest "Firefox Test Pilot" project has impressed me with something we run into a lot here on the site: dealing with dead websites. A "No More 404" points to archive.org when a page doesn't show up:

https://testpilot.firefox.com/experiments/no-more-404s

There are some nice add-ons already available that help with this but I like the simplicity and, as it's written by Mozilla's people, it's probably very resource-efficient.


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Re: Firefox Portable

#56 Post by Userfriendly » Sat Sep 24, 2016 2:59 pm

That's normal operation for any browser. Session restore and other constantly accessed database files like history and cookies just do a lot of work depending on how hard you browse the interwebs. Here's a bugzilla issue filed about it https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=727409

SSD's are also more durable than you think. I wouldn't worry about it.
http://techreport.com/review/24841/intr ... experiment
http://us.hardware.info/reviews/4178/ha ... conclusion

If you're worried about it you can disable disk caching in Firefox so it just uses memory instead. If you got enough RAM, move the cache and %temp% folder to a ramdisk.

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Re: Firefox Portable

#57 Post by SYSTEM » Sat Sep 24, 2016 10:33 pm

Userfriendly wrote:
That's normal operation for any browser. Session restore and other constantly accessed database files like history and cookies just do a lot of work depending on how hard you browse the interwebs. Here's a bugzilla issue filed about it https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=727409
Another Bugzilla issue (that was filed as a result of the STH article): https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1304389
Userfriendly wrote: SSD's are also more durable than you think. I wouldn't worry about it.
http://techreport.com/review/24841/intr ... experiment
http://us.hardware.info/reviews/4178/ha ... conclusion
For convenience, here's a direct link to the results of Tech Report's test: http://techreport.com/review/27909/the- ... e-all-dead
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Re: Firefox Portable

#58 Post by freakazoid » Sun Sep 25, 2016 12:58 pm

Read that SSD Firefox article on Reddit. Even if SSDs are durable, I want to keep performance on my system as smooth as possible.

I bumped the browser.sessionstore.interval in Firefox to 1800000 milliseconds, which is 30 minutes from the default of 15 seconds.
is it stealth? ;)

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Re: Firefox Portable

#59 Post by webfork » Mon Sep 26, 2016 1:58 pm

[Moderator note: posts about Firefox Unbranded were given their own thread.]

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Re: Firefox Portable

#60 Post by webfork » Mon Sep 26, 2016 3:19 pm

Ghacks covered some recent changes in Firefox that I'm very happy with including additions to Printing, better Reader mode, native video service support, flash restrictions, HTTPS logins, default HTML5 volume levels, etc.

http://www.ghacks.net/2016/09/20/firefox-49-release/

As a fan of how Mac devices have a very long life, I was bummed about was the removal of support for OS 10.8 "Mountain Lion" as it's only 4 years old, but Firefox ESR still covers it.

Still a great update.

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