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Re: [Gnash-dev] Firefox 3.6 requires XPI for third party components

From: dolphinling
Subject: Re: [Gnash-dev] Firefox 3.6 requires XPI for third party components
Date: Fri, 22 Jan 2010 06:30:33 -0500
User-agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv: Gecko/20100111 Thunderbird/3.0.1

On 01/21/2010 10:50 PM, John Gilmore wrote:

Found this tidbit.  Does it affect the gnash Firefox plugin?

   Firefox will no longer load third-party components installed in its
   internal components directory. This helps to ensure stability by
   preventing buggy third-party components from being
   executed. Developers that install components this way must repackage
   their components as XPI packages so they can be installed as
   standard add-ons.

No, it doesn't affect gnash. Gnash is not installed in the components directory.

(This mostly affects extensions[1] with binary components that were installed for all users of a computer and whose developers were too lazy to figure out how to do it right. Also, malware.)

[1] For those who don't know the terminology of extension vs plugin in the Mozilla world, an extension is a change or addition to the browser itself, whereas a plugin is closer to a separate program that merely displays in part of a browser window. The combination of extensions, plugins, and themes is called add-ons


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