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It wouldn't close at all from within Firefox v29, and trying to close it as a "tab" never worked either. That extension I mentioned is suppose to fix some things.

 

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What's the next big change; square or triangle wheels for cars.

CTR is developed by a MozillaZine user named Aris I think, if you have any requests for it, you can find him there.

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The interface redesign (Australis) is largely unpopular due to looking like Chrome, though I personally like it. They removed some stuff, but I think the major purpose behind it was to streamline the code powering a decade old code structure behind the UI, and reduce jank as a result. Also to bring the desktop UI in line with the mobile one a la windows 8.

 

Shorlander tweeted me a few months ago that the dark UI I posted a few pages back was slated to be in the works after Australis P1 lands, so that should be up and coming within the next few versions maybe (I'll let you know if anything hits mozilla central, which I use as my daily driver)

 

@Shorlander informed me that the dark theme (private browsing only but probably hackable) "might" make it in Nightly 32 "maybe"

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Analyzing your network data using Firefox built-in tools.

 

http://www.ghacks.net/2014/05/07/analyze-networking-data-firefox/

Wasn't aware of that. That network tool might be handy for seeing what part of a page is slowing up a website's loading time and potentially blocking it if not needed. Thanks Hazel :)

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There's a plugin for Firebug, I think it's called PageSpeed or something like that, that measures the individual aspects of a page's loading.

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There's a new throbber / loading icon in Nightly, didn't notice until today so I'm not sure how long it has existed.

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Mozilla to press ahead on in-Firefox ad plans...

 

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9248266/Mozilla_to_press_ahead_on_in_Firefox_ad_plans

 

 

Mozilla last week said it would press forward on plans to put advertisements on Firefox's new tab page, but reassured users that the browser would not become "a mess of logos.

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There's an addon called Customize newtab that negates these effects somehow

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All the people who use a product for thousands of hours then scream murder when the developer demands remuneration...

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you can easily skip the planned ads by playing in about:config and changing the browser.newtab.url to your home page or other preferred web site.

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I'm not sure if I should be posting this here since it is Firefox related, but not Firefox installed on Windows related. I have Firefox installed on both Linux Mint and openSUSE as the default browser, and both were updated to Firefox version 29 recently. I've gotten the error message "cannot open Firefox due to missing or inaccessible user profile" a total of three times on both systems. This occurred only once on openSUSE and it seems to have fixed itself. By that I mean that every time since then, opening Firefox on openSUSE hasn't produced any error message. 

 

However, it has occurred twice on Linux Mint, and with very bad results. Any repeated attempts to open Firefox produce the same error. I've gone as far as uninstalling Firefox and then reinstalling it from the repository, only to see the same message pop up when trying the new installation. So far I've fixed it by doing a clean installation of Linux Mint, which is not terribly time consuming, but is becoming annoying. Has anyone on the forum had a similar experience with using Firefox 29 installed on Windows? I'm trying to determine if this is solely a Firefox related issue that occurs regardless of the operating system, or if I should be looking at openSUSE and Linux Mint as the source of the problem. Also, when I run "about:config", where do I find and how do I verify the settings related to my user profile? I'm thinking the issue could be that my user profile isn't being created, updated, or saved properly.

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I haven't run into that on Windows, but I run Nightly so even if I did, I wouldn't be just in complaining about it much :)

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Hello Winapp2 - When I posted this afternoon, I figured you would be the one with the answer. I've never had this problem with the earlier versions of Firefox, so I thought it would be the right place to start. However, after posting on the Linux Mint forum, someone put me on the right track by mentioning the path for "mwad0hks.default" might be incorrect in the profiles.ini file. So it seems that it is not a problem with Firefox, instead it appears to be Linux related. Specifically, I'm beginning to think that using Bleachbit is causing my problems, because of the fact I've installed it on both systems and remember seeing "mwad0hks.default" occaisionally on the list of files to be cleaned. Right now I'm looking into modifying Bleachbit's "whitelist" to exclude Firefox's user profile. I just want to be sure to use the correct path and folder, otherwise I could be creating even more problems for myself.

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is mwad0hks the name of your profile?

 

My [windows] profiles.ini looks like this:

 

 

 
[General]
StartWithLastProfile=0

[Profile0]
Name=default
IsRelative=1
Path=Profiles/uwydhqkv.default-1377758612622
Default=1
 

 

I imagine the path= should be similar for linux (with your profile name, not my crazy one. I forget what happened to mine that it appended all those numbers)

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Interesting article on one of the biggest Firefox memory hogs, one that many of us use:

 

EDITED FOR PASTING OF CORRECT LINK

 

https://blog.mozilla.org/nnethercote/2014/05/14/adblock-pluss-effect-on-firefoxs-memory-usage/

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Interesting article on one of the biggest Firefox memory hogs, one that many of us use: EDITED FOR PASTING OF CORRECT LINK https://blog.mozilla.org/nnethercote/2014/05/14/adblock-pluss-effect-on-firefoxs-memory-usage/

I was reading this via MozillaZine yesterday, it's pretty interesting and they seem to be working on a way to resolve it (possibly lazily loading the stylesheets from the linked bug)

 

https://hacks.mozilla.org/2014/05/reconciling-mozillas-mission-and-w3c-eme/

 

https://blog.mozilla.org/blog/2014/05/14/drm-and-the-challenge-of-serving-users/

 

for more reading

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Interesting article on one of the biggest Firefox memory hogs, one that many of us use: EDITED FOR PASTING OF CORRECT LINK https://blog.mozilla.org/nnethercote/2014/05/14/adblock-pluss-effect-on-firefoxs-memory-usage/

Would I be being overly cynical in questioning the timing of this Mozilla blog post, coming at the same time as Mozilla plan to introduce ads into the browser's own new tab page <_<

 

Oh and is it just me or are the update nags far more frequent for people not having updated to the crappy FF29? I've delayed updating before and only had the occasional nag, I seem to be getting nagged 2 or 3 times a day with this update.

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There's a new throbber / loading icon in Nightly, didn't notice until today so I'm not sure how long it has existed.

 

It's gone again for me. :ph34r:

 

couple intresting items they are working on https://wiki.mozilla.org/Electrolysis & http://www.neowin.net/news/mozilla-prepares-to-deploy-semi-silent-updates-to-firefox

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The first of those could be interesting, would be nice to not have the browser freeze cos of a crappily coded webpage. The latter, well they're already trying to pester people into updating. On top of my previous comment about getting so many update nags, this weekend it has been farcical - have twice come back to my laptop to find TWO software update nag boxes open! I must be getting up to ten update nags a day now. Which might as well be saying "Remember that Palemoon browser" <_<

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They backed it out because it was extremely janky and used a lot of cpu on some machines. https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=994954#c11

 

Electrolysis (e10s) is still pretty far from feature complete, but it's at least somewhat usable if you toggle the setting in about:config. Most addons don't play nicely with it yet though.

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On top of my previous comment about getting so many update nags, this weekend it has been farcical - have twice come back to my laptop to find TWO software update nag boxes open! I must be getting up to ten update nags a day now.

 

1. In Firefox: Tools -> Options -> Advanced -> Update (tab):
Never check for updates (not recommended: security risk)
 
2. In Windows Services (not sure of the exact service name since I use Firefox Portable which doesn't enable it):
Set the maintenance service to Disabled

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1. In Firefox: Tools -> Options -> Advanced -> Update (tab):
Never check for updates (not recommended: security risk)
 
2. In Windows Services (not sure of the exact service name since I use Firefox Portable which doesn't enable it):
Set the maintenance service to Disabled

 

Thanks, I obviously wasn't quite annoyed enough to google the obvious solution lol :rolleyes:

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Mozilla probably wants to nag people into 29+ because support for 28 is over and 29 makes pretty drastic changes to the UI codebase in such a way that bugs on 28 may not even exist in 29.

 

If you want to use something longer term without using Australis, I suggest the ESR http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/organizations/all/

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