My current set of Firefox extensions
I've been using a lot of different machines lately and thus customizing Firefox on them, which means I've been playing around with Firefox extensions a bunch more than usual (new environments are both a good way to find out what I find essential and to play with things I'm not sure about in an expendable setting). This makes it a good time to write down my current set of them for future (and current) reference.
Essential extensions that I turn out to install everywhere:
- All-In-One Gestures
- I installed this a while back on a whim and then discovered I can't live without it, because it means I can often browse without having to take my hand off the mouse.
Additional extensions I have installed on my core machines:
- Nightly Tester Tools
- I need this so I can force extensions to be enabled in my personal, compiled from the bleeding edge CVS trunk Firefox builds. If you don't run CVS trunk or nightly builds you probably have no use for this.
Extensions that I am experimenting with:
- My current solution to the Slashdot problem. I'm not sure that browsing Slashdot justifies an entire extension, but it works, with the drawback that you have to be able to write CSS.
And finally, popular extensions that I don't (currently) use for various reasons:
- AdBlock: I solve this problem with a filtering proxy.
- GreaseMonkey: I haven't found a need so far, since I tend to just avoid sites that require random mangling in order to be acceptable.
- SessionSaver: Firefox almost never crashes on me (despite running bleeding edge CVS versions), and current trunk Firefox builds have this built in.
Note that my tastes in extensions are pretty minimal, much like my tastes in the rest of my Firefox setup. There are any number of nice extensions that I don't have installed just because I don't work in the their area often enough to make it worthwhile (this is why there are no web development extensions here, for example).