The problem with the Mozilla of browsers is that decent functionality isn't included out of the box. This is what drove me away from Windows and I don't want to waste my life configuring things anymore.. so I can't really stand this browser.
- Mozilla: Firebird, Phoenix or whatever other names.
This project is dead - see SeaMonkey.
- ~2005-07-30 - 5.0 on (distribution not recorded)
~2000-10-10 - Ancient notes (as old as Phoenix) on (distribution not recorded)
~2005-07-30 - 5.0 ∞
Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.7.12) Gecko/20050730
Accesskeys don't work.
- Problems with accesskeys working on the focused window.
- Cannot move tabs around (probably requires an extension)
- "Load links in the background" must be set for control-click to open a tab in the background.
control-f5doesn't do a hard-refresh.
- There's no "clear private data" feature.
Is missing the "apply" button for preferences.
To turn off
alt accessing the menu, visit
ui.key.menuAccessKey = 18
ui.key.menuAccessKey = 0
Unfortunately this doesn't fix accesskeys and allow things like
alt-e for editing in MediaWiki. Sad.
~2000-10-10 - Ancient notes (as old as Phoenix) ∞
This date was estimated from the bug report dates.
The random profile directory ∞
- Bug 56002 - Make path to profile dir unpredictable
It has been discovered that the profile directory salting was intentional for security reasons, and is merely abusable as an anonymity hole.
~/.mozilla/defaults/<random-8>.<random-3> to save it's profile information. This has no real use but to more easily distinguish users.
To remove this "functionality":
change the directory string which refers to that random character profile directory.
- Change it to
default/and delete the random junk after it.
- Change it to
- Move all those files from the random junk directory into
Remove the junk directory entirely.
Why would this random junk directory name exist in the first place? Why would it continue to exist after years of use? It can't be unintentional.
- Followup: Under Firebird 0.61,
~/.phoenix/appreghas been encoded. This could only have been done to intentionally void the above security resolution. This is terrible.
Under Firefox 1.5 it still exists, but
Forced homepage ∞
Mozilla has the ability to force interaction with a website, ignoring the user's preference.
- Change the settings to set a user homepage
~/.mozillato a backup
- Start phoenix (note the forced homepage)
- Restore the old
- Note the forced homepage even though the user's setting is somewhere else
Random notes ∞
Mozilla website directs people to a wish list newsgroup. While posting there, I learned that it was a developer list, and in the middle of coversations I apparently had all my posts nuked with no warning.
- I turned off URL completion and location bar searching. However, mozilla was still doing searches through netscape. I had to explicitly ban access to Netscape with a third party app to avoid this.
- type-ahead searching is really fucked up.. it only works to search through the displayed names of URLs, not the actual body of the webpage.
be able to search within URLs and embedded stuff like that. (picture URLs)