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[Fx45] Extensions: Mention system add-ons?

  1. Should we mention system add-ons under the Extensions section??

    Not sure when exactly this started but system add-ons installed with Firefox (Hello, Pocket) are now listed in about:support since at least Firefox 45 for Hello (but not in Firefox 38), under the Extensions section. These system add-ons don't show up in the Add-ons Manager, though (related bug: Bug 1231202 - add about:config flag to unhide system add-ons) ... and that may confuse users.

    Background: https://www.reddit.com/r/firefox/comments/4cesy3/please_mozilla_give_me_control_over_system_addons/ ...which links to http://www.ghacks.net/2016/03/29/mozilla-system-add-ons-controls/

    Should we mention system add-ons under the '''Extensions''' section?? Not sure when exactly this started but system add-ons installed with Firefox (Hello, Pocket) are now listed in about:support since at least Firefox 45 for Hello (but not in Firefox 38), under the Extensions section. These system add-ons don't show up in the Add-ons Manager, though (related bug: ''[https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1231202 Bug 1231202] - add about:config flag to unhide system add-ons'') ... and that may confuse users. Background: https://www.reddit.com/r/firefox/comments/4cesy3/please_mozilla_give_me_control_over_system_addons/ ...which links to http://www.ghacks.net/2016/03/29/mozilla-system-add-ons-controls/

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  2. Looks like this started in Firefox 45:

    https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/forums/contributors/711864 Firefox 45 Release Notes / Issues / Discussions
    philipp said

    • firefox hello will also ship as a contained system addon starting with firefox 45 as part of the "go faster" initiative, in order to receive updates independent from firefox releases. the addon will show up in about:support data, but won't be an entry within the addons manager as system addons are not intended to be switched off by users. its .xpi will be placed in the firefox installation folder under \browser\features; it is probably just going to be re-downloaded with the next firefox update ping in case a user manually deletes it - Bug 1223573

    From https://wiki.mozilla.org/Firefox/Go_Faster#Project_1:_Ship_features_as_system_add-ons
    System add-ons: Hello (45) and Pocket (46) are shipping as system add-ons.

    Looks like this started in Firefox 45: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/forums/contributors/711864 Firefox 45 Release Notes / Issues / Discussions <br> ''philipp said'' <blockquote> *firefox hello will also ship as a contained system addon starting with firefox 45 as part of the "'''[http://hearsum.ca/blog/going-faster-with-balrog.html go faster]'''" initiative, in order to receive updates independent from firefox releases. the addon will show up in about:support data, but won't be an entry within the addons manager as system addons are not intended to be switched off by users. its .xpi will be placed in the firefox installation folder under \browser\features; it is probably just going to be re-downloaded with the next firefox update ping in case a user manually deletes it - [https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1223573 Bug 1223573] </blockquote> From https://wiki.mozilla.org/Firefox/Go_Faster#Project_1:_Ship_features_as_system_add-ons <br> System add-ons: Hello (45) and Pocket (46) are shipping as system add-ons.
  3. Multi process e10s is currently in DE as a System Addon.

    Multi-process staged rollout	1.0	true	e10srollout@mozilla.org
    

    System addons are already in the media e.g. this blog

    http://www.ghacks.net/2016/03/29/mozilla-system-add-ons-controls/
    
    Multi process e10s is currently in DE as a System Addon. Multi-process staged rollout 1.0 true e10srollout@mozilla.org System addons are already in the media e.g. this blog http://www.ghacks.net/2016/03/29/mozilla-system-add-ons-controls/
  4. I made a new revision to mention system add-ons for fx45 and above.

    I made a new revision to mention system add-ons for fx45 and above.
  5. Firefox Hello system add-on is removed in Firefox 49. (I already updated this article on Aug 1, 2016.)

    (For the record) There's a New "Web Compat" system add-on in Firefox 49. See Bug 1268197 - new system add-on for "webcompat" fixes

    Firefox Hello system add-on is removed in Firefox 49. (I already updated this article on Aug 1, 2016.) (For the record) There's a New "Web Compat" system add-on in Firefox 49. See [https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1268197 Bug 1268197] - new system add-on for "webcompat" fixes