I can’t test 3.0b1, because it’s a completely different browser to 188.8.131.52. It’s not that the core team has rewritten stuff, it’s just that my 3.0b1 does a lot less – because almost none of my addons are compatible.
The Firefox addons system is a victim of its own success. I wager that most of the technically-adept Mozilla community, who should be the first people to test new versions of the browser and file high quality bug reports, have a large set of addons they can’t do without. And until those addons are available for Firefox 3.0b1, they won’t be migrating – or will do so only for dedicated testing sessions, not every-day browsing. This is certainly true for me.
Here’s the list of my important addons which currently don’t work:
- Auto Auth
- Highlight Focus
- Link Alert
- Live HTTP Headers
- Nightly Tester Tools (!)
- Web Developer
And that’s just the ones I’d have trouble managing without. There’s another five or ten (e.g. CustomiseGoogle) that don’t work but I don’t care too much.
I’m not sure if this is because the addon authors are fed up of writing to moving APIs and are waiting for the final release, or because it just takes time, or because they’ve done all the work but it’s stuck in the a.m.o. review queue.
Still, if we want good testing coverage for 3.0b1, we need to find a way to get updated addons (at least, the most popular ones) done and available on a.m.o. ASAP.