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This sheet may help you find replacements: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1TFcEXMcKrwoIAECIVyBU...

FireGestures -> https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/foxy-gestures... SDC -> https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/cookie-autode...

It'll take a bit for the new generation of extensions to fully replace the old one, but it's happening.

I'm not sure they will. Vimperator etc. has a lot of dependencies some of which will never come to be. But the parts that could, like a proper keyboard api hasn't even been reviewed for months. The community complained about the lack of apis, they made a webextension experiment, which is apparently the way you ask for api extensions and it's pretty much just being ignored(the thread is 2 years old [1][2]). The customization thing mentioned also applies since the plugin creates a custom status bar and hides all sorts of other stuff.

I'm not sure what browser I'm going to use to be honest. All the hotkey browsers are buggy as hell since they use qtwebkit, webkitgtk, qt-webengine and whatnot. Chrome has extensions like cvim which sort of work, but they suffer from issues like not being able to properly hook keys and properly notify the user about the state you're in making me frequently make mistakes on what I want to do. As the sibling said a poor imitation of what was possible before.

If firefox just immitates chrome, what's the point in having it? How about trying to eat some of IE's lunch by making enterprise customization a first class citizen? But then again not sure if that matters. And yes I'm aware of GPO[3], but calling that first class citizen is disingenuous at best.

[1] https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1215061

[2] https://github.com/Koushien/keyboard-shortcut-api

[3] https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/firefox/addon/gpo-for-firef...

Did you try Pale Moon?

I indeed looked for alternatives and they're just not there yet.

The more I read, the more APIs turn out to be missing or buggy, making it impossible for add-ons to be made (if the developer is active in the first place). I just don't understand this. Firefox was built on the extendible principle and they're now going back to "v0.2 beta" in that regard.

This process should have taken years to mature the new APIs before dropping support for the old method.

So, look at this graph: http://netmarketshare.com/report.aspx?qprid=1&qpaf=&qpcustom...

Notice that major bump in August 2016 and after? Firefox 48 was released on the 2nd August 2016. This was the first release to ship the new multiprocess architecture. And this new architecture also already required breaking all extensions.

They could not have shipped it this early without knowing that the switch to WebExtensions will cut off the multiprocess-incompatible extensions.

And they needed to get multiprocess shipped. Had that graph continued as in the half year before that, we would now have negative user numbers.

Downthemall was the only reason I was still using firefox. The "replacements" are extremely poor imitations, disappointing but I guess all good things must come to an end.

From a link on your sheet, I found that Tab Mix Plus multi-row tabs has over 700k users! This is the killer feature for me and Firefox and I won't be upgrading without it.

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