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Re: Password managers [WAS: Re: when do I get a browsere that will do internet purchases?]

On 2017-10-20 at 15:46, Garreau, Alexandre wrote:

> Maybe these extensions will be remade and repackaged with
> web-extensions then (afaik it’s a good move, yet breaking all the old
> apps forever is bad, they should re-integrate it after I while I’d
> personally prefer).
> Waiting for this, XUL extensions I install through Debian on stable
> are perfectly working (maybe if they, dunno, keep easy for distros
> like debian to patch firefox in order to keep XUL support some time
> that’d help?), so that’s probably for a too recent, or even future,
> version that XUL doesn’t work anymore…

It will happen with Firefox 57, which I believe was just released, or
ESR 59, which is due out along with Firefox 59 - in other words, if I'm
not mistaken, probably in January.

Past that point, your only options are:

* Find (and/or make) an extension which does what you need in a way that
is compatible with WebExtensions. In some cases - most prominently,
anything that needs to modify the Firefox UI - this will not happen; the
Mozilla developers explicitly do not want to support doing that.

* Switch to one of the Firefox forks; Waterfox and Pale Moon are the two
best-spoken-of that I know of, and of course there's always still
Seamonkey (although that diverged far enough back that I'd be surprised
if many modern pre-WebExtensions Firefox extensions were still
compatible with it out-of-the-box).

* Stick with ESR52, avoiding upgrades, until some better solution
presents itself - however many years that takes.

For myself, unless Debian decides to start packaging one of the forks
which retains compatibility with the "long tail" of extensions, I will
be taking option three. (At least three of the addons which I consider
non-negotiably critical explicitly need to perform UI modification as
part of the features for which I want them, and at least two of them are
entirely unmaintained except by me.)

   The Wanderer

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one
persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all
progress depends on the unreasonable man.         -- George Bernard Shaw

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