My likely Firefox 3 extensions

February 28, 2008

My current personal version of Firefox is more than a little bit behind the times, so I've been looking at upgrading to Firefox 3 (I compile my own version with various hacks, and it's easiest to build from the bleeding edge CVS sources). As a result, I spent part of today trying various of my essential extensions to see which of them still work.

Here's the current state of affairs:

  • NoScript has been updated for the current Firefox 3 beta and works fine. It's under active development.
  • Nightly Tester Tools has also been updated for Firefox 3. All I use it for is overriding extension compatibility testing, which works fine.

  • Stylish and CookieSafe only claim compatibility with earlier Firefox 3 versions, but seem to work fine anyways.

  • All-In-One-Gestures works but has at least one glitch, where the close window gesture (one of my most used gestures) now only closes tabs. Unfortunately it hasn't been updated since 2006, so if I want full Firefox 3 compatibility I'll have to do it myself (and I may well).

Since I'm addicted to both mouse gestures and scrolling pages with the middle mouse button, I'd probably need both Grab and Drag and FireGestures to really replace AiOG. The good news is that both have been updated recently and have some degree of Firefox 3 compatibility already.

I no longer care about the PrefBar extension; these days, when I want to browse without my filtering proxy I just fire up the system version of Firefox with a different configuration.

(I've found it very handy for testing to have a more or less stock Firefox setup that doesn't keep any state. As a bonus, it's good for browsing random sites that want JavaScript, cookies, and so on without having to care what they're going to try to stick me with.)

Written on 28 February 2008.
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