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Cursor has now started changing as I move around on web pages. (Just updated to version 84)

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(Ubuntu 20.10 NUC 7I5 32 gig memory) I had (firefox) version 83.02 installed and working.

Today I turned on the machine, loaded Firefox and.....

It sort of crashed. I selected "reload Firefox" and things went a bit weird.

Today is 24 Dec 2020. I have had the machine on a few times since 15 Dec 2020.

Firefox restarted and YUCK! it was horrible! I had the DARK theme chosen and somehow it restarted in the other one which is ..... not dark.

The cursor is annoying at times when you are typing and I try to ignore it as much as possible, but since that which just happened I noticed the cursor is now changing its look as I move around a web page.

Looking at the release notes there is no mention of this being done.

I can't find anything in the settings/preferences/config/what ever to control the cursor. But that aside: this didn't used to happen. (No big. Just mentioning it)

If I move over a link the cursor changes from what it is to a hand (left pointing).

Is this now normal?

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Are you currently using a version from the repositories of your Linux distribution? Try the Firefox version from the official Mozilla server:

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Yes, it is quite normal if the cursor changes from the arrow that you see as the default pointer to a hand when you hover a link, so you can see that this is a link. In a text area the mouse pointer will be a vertical bar (large 'I'). This has always been the case, but the actual appearance might depend on what display manager and Linux theme you use.

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Thanks guys.


Now the resulting question:

Ok, I go into the manager thing for Ubuntu and remove firefox.

I then go and install it form the link provided.

Do I keep my sessions and book marks and all that stuff?

Sorry, I have just had a lot of fun with the machine as a whole and am a bit cautious just now.

Or can I just go to that link and install firefox over the existing install?

Athraithe ag teeny_weeny ar

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Firefox should detect the old profile and use it.

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Firefox will likely refuse to use the old profile because it is locked against the old installation path. You can remove compatibility.ini in the profile or use the -allow-downgrade command line switch.

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> You can remove compatibility.ini in the profile or use the -allow-downgrade command line switch.

Err, sorry. It is 09:35 local here.....


That is confusing. I installed (am using) the one which comes with ubuntu and it has this ...... quirk.

It was said that I need to install the real version and when I do that I have to ....allow-downgrade?

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teeny_weeny said

>I installed (am using) the one which comes with ubuntu and it has this ...... quirk.

That version is altered from the version that Mozilla would give you.

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Sorry, but I feel the question is begging to be asked:

Why would ubuntu modify the version they give and not just use the official one?

Though I get it that that question is probably better answered by ubuntu than here. But I feel it still needs to be asked.

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You would need to ask them.