Firefox extensions NOT on AMO

Discussion in 'other software & services' started by Alhaitham, Jul 21, 2013.

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  1. Alhaitham

    Alhaitham Registered Member

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    Hi Guys

    You know that there are a lot of Firefox extensions that are not on addons.mozilla.org

    For me using them is not an option because of
    -Security issues
    -Stability issues
    -Why wouldn't the author post them on AMO ?

    That despite that there are seemingly trusted ones
    ex.
    -HTTPS Everywhere
    -Disconnect

    So
    -Let's start a list of them
    -Do you use any ?
    -Do you even feel comfortable using them ?
     
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    BoerenkoolMetWorst Registered Member

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    On HTTPS Everywhere:
    https://www.eff.org/https-everywhere/faq
     
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    As to the question "Why wouldn't the author post them on AMO"...

    For some developers the question would begin with: why would I post it to AMO? Many developers, and this includes some of the very best mind you, develop software that they want to use and just put a copy of that up on their own server. They aren't out to profit from it, they aren't trying to make a name for themselves, they don't even really care about how many people use it. If people find it, fine. If people don't, fine. Since they are the author, they and their server are the official distribution point. It should always be available there. So distributing it via other sites just creates additional hassles and risks. Why create an account elsewhere? Why have to monitor distribution pages elsewhere, and possibly comments, and possibly reply to comments elsewhere? Why put your software at risk of some other site modifying it or wrapping it or pulling it? Bear in mind, with addons the user can examine the source.

    Thanks for posting that link. I wasn't aware of that. Hopefully they won't foul up the mechanisms that enable users to install from other sources. It *should* be straight-forward and easy to do so.
     
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    Bad news, less user choice, more walled garden.
     
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