This is great news! Unlike Chrome they won’t be impairing ad blockers by dropping support for webRequest blocking, which they’ll maintain in addition to offering Chrome’s declarativeNetRequest API
As an extension developper who works on very stateful extensions (can’t do otherwise due to performance reasons), having to make my extensions’ background process “restartable” is going to be a nightmare.
I also dread the new permission model, I already audit the code of the extensions I install, I don’t want to have to manually allow them to run on websites every time I install them.
I can see how these changes are great from an end-user point of view though. I’m just sad that this continues to follow the trend of improving things for “normal” users while “technical users” are left behind. I guess it makes sense though, the pool or normal users is much larger that the pool of technical users and Mozilla wants to grow.
And yet, it’s continuing to shrink.
Firefox should realize that there’s no market in being the second best product for the biggest user pool.
It’s shrinking in relative numbers, but is it shrinking in absolute numbers too?