Mozilla/Firefox issues rant (was Re: [linux-elitists] Browser plugins and write permissions)
Wed Nov 24 10:57:55 PST 2004
On Sat, 2004-11-20 at 04:46 -0800, Karsten M. Self wrote:
> Profiles. What. The. Fsck.
> Best I can make out, Mozilla provided "user profiles" for when the
> bulk of users were under DOS-based legacy MS Windows derivative
> environments, lacking true user seperation. And what didn't exist
> in the OS was provided for at the application level. I'm finding
> profiles are a PITA on both 'Doze and 'Nix, least of all because the
> first thing a user is prompted for is to create a profile. *Very*
> oddly, there's a default one which exists in legacy MS Windows
> that's not used, on the systems I admin at work. Under 'Nix, the
> concept makes little if any sense. Possible negative sense. And on
> 'Doze, I find that if I've got simultaneous logins, my one profile
> suddenly morphs into a half-score, each with its own cache, cookies,
> and other settings. Why is this?
> I suspect there's an explanation for the whole profile system, but
> I'd rather see it scrapped than anyone even waste the time trying to
> justify it. It's borken.
When I'm at work, I use ssh -X to use all the apps from my laptop on my
desktop. I use a specific profile, different from my home browsing, for
work because I don't want questions asked about things I look up in my
personal life (my blog, news sites, etc etc).
I'd vastly prefer a coherent, context-sensitive mechanism of switching
the way I use my computer in various scenarios, but that's a way off.
I can't say that this feature offsets the complexity you listed above,
but I can see that there is a vague use for it. I'd guess it's there
largely because Navigator had it.
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