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Mozilla Firefox 2 Beta 2 Milestone Released

Friday September 1st, 2006

Mozilla Firefox 2 Beta 2 has been released. This milestone for developers and testers includes a visual refresh of the theme and user interface. Other features new to Firefox 2 include phishing protection, search suggestions, session restore, support for JavaScript 1.7, Live Titles for bookmarks (using microsummaries) and a new Windows installer. For more information, refer to the Mozilla Firefox 2 Beta 2 Release Notes, and the release announcement at the Mozilla Developer News weblog, which includes download links.


#48 Please enhance addons.mozilla.org for the release!

by johann_p

Thursday September 7th, 2006 12:35 AM

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Extensions are one of the most important specific advantages of Firefox. Personally, the only reason why I definitely prefer FF over, say, Konqueror is that extensions exist that make my work easier and more pleasant.

Therefore I think it is absolutely necessary to give more importance to the resource where users can inform themselves about and get extensions from. The website addons.mozilla.org unfortunately has a many problems and is sometimes embarrassingly inconvenient to use.

There are dozens of problems, here are just the most ugly ones: - the lists include extensions that are not compatible with the browser used. - the target browser version/OS cannot be deliberately specified - search within one category produces matches from another (e.g. searching from within Thunderbird themes shows Firefox themes, while the header still reads "Thunderbird themes" - search sucks -- the result list is not ranked by relevance to the search. Even if the name of an extension is a perfect match that extensions often does not come up first. - Navigation in lists is extremely clumsy. No way to scroll to a specific of many pages. - Sort by rating is idiotic: since the number of rates does not have to exceed some threshold, items with a single top rate are ranked highest. - Everyone else uses tags and for good reasons -- why can't AMO let authors tag their products and use those tags for searching and grouping? - Every tiny variation of some themes is listed seperately which is very annoying. There should be a way to group items the are just variations or minor modifications of a base version. - Internationalization: the UI of the site should be available in other languages. The search and grouping should allow to limit items to those that support a certain locale.

With so many bugs and things being broken, one would expect some way of easily giving feedback to the developers and maybe even a pointer for people who would like to help, none of which can be found on that site.