Guide to Updating Extensions for Firefox PR/Thunderbird 0.8 Available

Wednesday August 18th, 2004

Ben Goodger writes: "Very soon now the update service for Extensions hosted by will be turned on, and we will increase the compatibility number for Extensions to 0.10 (the Firefox 1.0 Preview Release). When we do this, all installed Extensions installed with maxVersion set for Firefox to 0.9 and maxVersion set for Thunderbird to 0.7 will be disabled to prevent compatibility issues. If your extension or theme still works and has no compatibility problems with the nightly builds, please look at the guide for updating to 1.0PR (this also applies to Thunderbird 0.8) for information about how to get to contain the newer compatibility information. If your extension or theme is incompatible, the guide also has information on how to provide a newer XPI or JAR file. Finally, people not hosted by but who use the custom RDF update system should also check out the guide as it provides links that explain changes to the RDF format since 0.9."

#4 Re: get userfriendly as well...

by mlefevre

Thursday August 19th, 2004 4:49 AM

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Yes, it could be better, but the people doing the work are unpaid contributors doing it in their spare time. The most important problem at the moment is that all the updates to the extensions are being made manually, which means not all the extensions that could be available are available, and not all the latest versions are up there.

The Mozilla folks don't seem to be too concerned, as the vast majority of "end users" won't use extensions anyway. Even with the current user-base of early adopters, upwards of 90% of them aren't using extensions. It's all a matter of priorities - making things actually work at all is more important than recategorising extensions.

I'm sure it'd be impossible to agree on which the 25 most end-user oriented extensions were anyway. The top 5 most popular ones are shown - if "end users" are actually getting extensions, then the ones that get most use will be easily available.