Flagfox 6.1.12 update released

Flagfox 6.1.12 for Firefox 60+ has been released and is available for update and download from AMO.

Flagfox 6.1.12 changelog:

  • IPv4 & IPv6 address location database updates for March 2019
  • Fixed wrong action being deleted if also reordering after deleting
  • Fixed favicon toggling forgetting pending deletes’ disabled states
  • Fixed hover menu open forcing actions list scroll to focused item

This update fixes a few bugs I found in the options page, in addition to the routine monthly IPDB update.

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4 thoughts on “Flagfox 6.1.12 update released

  1. Hello. I have been using Flagfox for a while now with Firefox. Someone recently suggested that I switch to Waterfox, which I just set up. However, to my disappointment, I just discovered that Flagfox is apparently not compatible with Waterfox. Do you have any plans or intentions to add Waterfox compatibility to your plugin? Thanks for your plugin! Very informative. 🙂

    • No current versions of any Firefox addons are compatible with Waterfox, nor can they be. Waterfox is not a fork of current Firefox; it is a fork of a now-obsolete version of Firefox from 2017. It is running on a Gecko codebase that still fully supports the old XPCOM/XUL API addons, but does not yet have proper support for the newer (now mandatory) WebExtension API addons. At some point Waterfox claimed to be backporting security fixes, but Mozilla can barely keep up with its own security fixes, so I don’t trust Waterfox in this regard at all. I have not investigated it much lately, but my instinct is that it is not a safe browser to use and would recommend against it in favor of current Firefox or a fork based upon at least the current Firefox ESR.

      That said, I released extended support updates for Flagfox 5.2.x an extra year for Firefox 52 ESR, and I think that should run under Waterfox too. The IP location database will of course be very out of date by now, though. Mozilla set their addon version archives on fire recently and removed all pre-WebExtension addons from the Mozilla Addons site, so a decade of old Flagfox versions is no longer up there, it seems. I never got around to taking the Flagfox 5.2.x ESR releases down, so they’re still up on this site, though.

  2. WaterFox is what I also use and don’t plan to “downgrade” to silly new “firefox”. Today flagfox complained about db being few months old, so here I am looking for new version which support Waterfox. Sadly there seems to be no upgrades planned. OK. But that will not change my attitude to crappy new firefox. Its just too unberable to use.

    • I don’t know what I can really tell you. WaterFox seems to have made a conscious decision to remain based on obsolete code, which is dangerous and stupid. Firefox is heavily customizable and every addon that is going to be updated to deal with the WebExtension-apocalypse has been by now. I’d recommend just getting over it like the rest of us; yeah, it’s annoying to be forced to change stuff like this, but we have no say in the matter. The alternative is to switch to another modern browser (Google Chrome or even Microsoft Edge, which itself, is soon to also be based on Google Chrome; the Borg are taking over there).

      When it comes to Flagfox, I still have the Flagfox 5.1.11 ESR release up here. However, after giving that an extra year of extended support, there has to be a limit somewhere. It’s not broken or anything, though; the IPDB is just getting old now.

      Unfortunately, developing an addon is software running in software running in software, and at some point I’ve got to draw a line in the sand where I can’t justify spending extra free time fighting with old stuff I have no control of to maintain an old version for a vanishingly small population that’s still using software that I can’t even trust to be reliably secure anymore. Sorry, but that’s just the reality of the situation.

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