I like Firefox. I really do. One of its main advantages is the extensibility via plugins. For almost any task I ever wanted, there is an extension for Firefox. OK sometimes it’s a bit over the top to have 4 or more toolbars, but – hey – you can even tweak them and add or remove buttons!
But what gets me enraged everytime is: the extensions!
Don’t ask me why, but certain combinations of extensions block themselves, lock themselves, even lock the whole Firefox UI. If you have something in the range of 10 extensions, chances are good that two are interlocking themselves. Sometimes the full functionality vanishes, sometimes only partial functionality.
One of my most needed extension is called “Synchronize Bookmarks”. Normally, it downloads a bookmark file from an FTP server on startup, and uploads it upon exit. Thus, I can synchronize my bookmarks among 3 Firefox installations (home, office, laptop). BUT every once in a while, a (new) extension blocks partial functionality. Sometimes it doesn’t work automatic but only in manual mode, sometimes the upload-on-exit is blocked. Then the “Web Developer Toolbar” – a new update was announced today. And after I installed it, Firefox locked up completely until I unistalled the WebDev AND a few other extensions.
OK, Mozilla does a gret job with the extension repository. But have you EVER tried to contact something “Mozilla official”? I KNOW they don’t support 3rd party extensions, but they should at least know (or maintain) some forums etc.? But finding a contact address is even harder than sending an email to eBay or Amazon! No mail addresses listed, and those few you find have big “Do Not send Bug Reports” labels next to it.
It’s hard to believe that I am the ONLY person experiencing extension-interlocks. But a Google search reveals almost nothing, AND I’m browsing mozilla.org up and down and find nothing.