Mozilla wants Chrome add-ons run on Firefox




Mozilla is planning to extensions for other browsers such as Chrome, henceforth to run on Firefox. Developers of plugins for multiple browsers would thus have to make less effort to maintain their software.

To achieve this, the future rests Mozilla Firefox versions with its implementation of the WebExtensions-api. Which comes under the open source organization largely in line with Google’s extension API for Blink, the rendering engine used by Chrome and Opera. Therefore extensions would be easier to port. Mozilla also in talks with other browser vendors, Microsoft is also possible to set standards for plugins that are useful for multiple browsers.

The WebExtensions-api relies heavily on another project Mozilla: Electrolysis. Thanks Electrolysis Firefox web-related content from one page now executes in a separate background process. That process, in turn, communicates via different IPDL protocols with the regular Firefox process. The advantage is that the website is actually running in a sandbox, which would be safer. Moreover, the browser would crash less rapidly freezes the page.

Who extensions through the WebExtensions-api example Chrome will porting to Firefox, according to Mozilla before that can best take advantage of Electrolysis. Mozilla recommends that developers follow as soon go to watch. The technique namely dives November 3 for the first default in the beta version of Firefox 43. On December 15 has every Firefox user who immediately updates its browser on the Electrolysis technology. In the current developer version of the technique is already.

Further, Mozilla acts more forcefully against rogue extensions, emphasized the company earlier. This means among other things that add-ons that do not meet predefined rules, default does not work in Firefox. One of those rules is that the add-on from Mozilla must be signed and therefore approved. Incidentally, Mozilla says, however, that extensions that support WebExtensions-api can be approved faster.

Finally Mozilla has announced to go say goodbye to certain techniques that have long been part of Firefox, for example, favor the Serbo-browser engine. The farewell of one of these technologies, XUL, was previously announced. In addition, also the XPCOM- and XBL support will eventually disappear. An exact date has not yet, but Mozilla thinks that this happens within twelve to eighteen months.

Mozilla is to phase out the technology or to face a challenge. Many current add-ons will would no longer work with just the current sdk and WebExtensions-api. “In the coming year we will also seek feedback from the developer community. We will also further develop the Webex Tension-api and expand to support as many features of most Firefox extensions.”


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