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Compatibility: an increasing number of websites and features do not work in Firefox on Linux

I believe everyone has a right to choose the browser and operating system they use. I choose to use Firefox because I care about my privacy, and because of features like … (read more)

I believe everyone has a right to choose the browser and operating system they use. I choose to use Firefox because I care about my privacy, and because of features like multi-account containers - as a software developer these are non-negotiable. I choose to use Linux for similar reasons, and many Linux distributions come with Firefox preinstalled as a default browser. In light of recent changes to Google's data collection through Chrome, I am more than ever committed to using Firefox as my only browser.

However over the last year or so, I have noticed an increasing number of websites or features on websites have stopped working in Firefox on Linux, forcing me to use Chrome against my wishes. Examples include the entirety of the Australian government's MyGov website; the phone call feature in Slack; and Google Meet meetings (no audio). I know people who use Firefox on other operating systems and they have not had these problems, so I can only assume that the issue is specific to Firefox on Linux.

I am not trying to suggest that Mozilla is responsible for this in any way - if Google or Slack or the government refuse to support Firefox on Linux, that's their responsibility, not Mozilla's. However, I am not convinced that the lack of support is intentional, or that it isn't a quirk of the particular Linux distribution I use or the version of Firefox included in the package manager. Any advice would be appreciated.

My Firefox version is 84.0.1, and my Linux distribution is KDE Neon User Edition 5.21 which uses Ubuntu 20.04 under the hood.

Asked by loathgrim 1 week ago

Last reply by loathgrim 6 days ago

Not showing comments in certain websites

Clicking "Show more comments" on Facebook does nothing (I browse it without an account), also no comments are shown in Cracked.com, I haven't noticed if other sites don't… (read more)

Clicking "Show more comments" on Facebook does nothing (I browse it without an account), also no comments are shown in Cracked.com, I haven't noticed if other sites don't show comments. I use Ubuntu 20.04 (when I first opened FF on this pc it had the gnome icon and I hadn't checked for this problem before importing my old profile with add-ons, now it doesn't show the icon for some reason), I tried safe mode, refresh firefox, creating new profile, uninstalling and deleting home/.mozilla folder, no luck. Before I got this pc I used my old laptop with windows 7 and I'm pretty sure I had the same problem with facebook comments that had started some time earlier.

Asked by Ausemika 1 week ago

Last reply by Ausemika 6 days ago

places.sqlite is imcomplete

Hello, I used my firefox account to restore my browsing history after I switched to a new hard drive. I compared the contents of places.sqlite from before and after the … (read more)

Hello,

I used my firefox account to restore my browsing history after I switched to a new hard drive. I compared the contents of places.sqlite from before and after the switch. (I can do this because I made a backup of the old places.sqlite.) And I noticed that many entries of moz_historyvisits are missing in the new database. I made a graph about this, in which I am using pythons sqlite3 library to inspect the databases moz_historyvisits.visit_date column. For every visit_date I checked if it is still present in the new database or if it got lost. The pattern seems highly irregular.

Does firefox intend to maintain a complete history? By which criteria did individual history entries get lost? Is there a way to restore a complete version of my browser history from my account?

Any help is appreciated.

Asked by garrettmay 1 week ago

Last reply by garrettmay 6 days ago

Unable to change secondary email address.

I am attempting to change my secondary email address with the intent to make my new email the primary email. I have removed the old secondary email, but when I try to add… (read more)

I am attempting to change my secondary email address with the intent to make my new email the primary email. I have removed the old secondary email, but when I try to add the email address that I want. I get an error message saying that the email already exists. I note that in the Firefox account dialog the secondary email address is blank.

I did sign up for Firefox VPN using the email address that I'd like to use and so that's a possible reason. I just don't know how to fix it. Note; I'm no longer planning to use Firefox VPN. I wonder if perhaps there's a way to cancel/delete that account.

Yours Not the sharpest tool. (I feel like I'm not the sharpest fool.)

Asked by Not the sharpest tool 6 days ago

JSZip doesn't work in firefox addon context

I'm working on an addon to automate taking screenshots of lecture slides. I'm using a canvas object to capture and save the file blobs and JSZip to zip everything togethe… (read more)

I'm working on an addon to automate taking screenshots of lecture slides. I'm using a canvas object to capture and save the file blobs and JSZip to zip everything together and download. But JSZip keeps throuhing the `unsupported file type` error. Even though blobs are supported.

Here's the relevant code I'm using Github File

I've submitted an issue to the maintainer which has some more debugging info. The script in the addon_context has some very quantum behaviour and changes output every time I console.log Github Issue

I'm wondering if there might be a problem on my end, with the way I'm generating and processing the blobs. The same code works in chromium based browser, I'm confused as to what Firefox does differently. Any help would be appreciated.

Asked by Jade Maveric 6 days ago

Firefox loads pages very slowly on a fresh Ubuntu installation

Hello, the problem with Firefox is that it loads the pages too slow, other browsers such as Chrome or Opera are working correctly. At first everything was fine but sudden… (read more)

Hello, the problem with Firefox is that it loads the pages too slow, other browsers such as Chrome or Opera are working correctly. At first everything was fine but suddenly Firefox started to take forever to load the pages. I have completely uninstalled Firefox and installed it again but the problem persists. I thought it was a problem with some extension (I only use AdBlocker and HttpsEverywhere) but restarting it in safe mode the problem persists. I also have to mention that the Ubuntu installation is recent. What could be the problem?. I am using Ubuntu 18.04.5 LTS.

Asked by sergioaguero 5 days ago

Firefox ESR : video in supported format and MIME-type was not found.

Firefox ESR : video in supported format and MIME-type was not found. https://vsx.mpchat.com/data/tmp/chat_161847892912.ogg This is a systematic problem with this browser… (read more)

Firefox ESR : video in supported format and MIME-type was not found. https://vsx.mpchat.com/data/tmp/chat_161847892912.ogg This is a systematic problem with this browser. In other browsers, this AUDIO is played without problems! Dan

Asked by logx9 3 days ago

Saving to wrong location

deets: v87 via flatpak on debian(buster) No matter where I save a file the lastdir is always "/run/user/1000/doc/*some random folder name, that changes each time*". manu… (read more)

deets: v87 via flatpak on debian(buster)

No matter where I save a file the lastdir is always "/run/user/1000/doc/*some random folder name, that changes each time*".

manually changing browser.download.lastDir causes the next attempt to save to go to the desired folder, but a second attempt reverts to /run/user/1000/doc/abcd123.

Has anyone any idea whats going on?

Asked by buckmulligan26 1 week ago

Last reply by buckmulligan26 2 days ago

Firefox doesn't remove history when it is closed, and unable to manually clear history.

Hello, Using Firefox 87.02 on arch linux 64 bit. As mentioned in the subject. Firefox is set to clear history when it closes but it doesn't. Neither am a able to clear th… (read more)

Hello,

Using Firefox 87.02 on arch linux 64 bit. As mentioned in the subject. Firefox is set to clear history when it closes but it doesn't. Neither am a able to clear the history manually from the preferences menu or otherwise. Do you know any sollution?

Kind regards.

Asked by 1991a265489b 1 day ago

Last reply by 1991a265489b 1 day ago

key pinning » (HPKP) mais aucune chaîne de confiance pour les certificats n’a pu être établie

Bonjour, When i want go to addons.mozilla.org I can't. With this : «Échec de la connexion sécurisée Une erreur est survenue pendant une connexion à addons.mozilla.org. L… (read more)

Bonjour,

When i want go to addons.mozilla.org I can't. With this : «Échec de la connexion sécurisée

Une erreur est survenue pendant une connexion à addons.mozilla.org. Le serveur utilise le mécanisme de « key pinning » (HPKP) mais aucune chaîne de confiance pour les certificats n’a pu être établie pour correspondre au pinset. Les violations de « key pinning » ne peuvent pas être forcées.

Code d’erreur : MOZILLA_PKIX_ERROR_KEY_PINNING_FAILURE

   La page que vous essayez de consulter ne peut pas être affichée car l’authenticité des données reçues ne peut être vérifiée.
   Veuillez contacter les propriétaires du site web pour les informer de ce problème.» 

Where are the site proprietary ? ;-) Firefox 87.0 (64 bits) in Debian Sid

Asked by cei.marin 1 day ago