Firefox developers hate me.

Ubuntu has an irritating habit of turning off Firefox’s middlemouse.contentLoadURL setting. Recently, it’s got even worse – whenever I turned it back on, Ubuntu would immediately turn it back off for me. So, today I finally worked out that the problem was Ubuntu’s “firefox extensions” – turned that off, and finally my contentLoadURL setting sticks…

Except, now I realise that the Firefox devs have crippled the behaviour anyway. The clipboard now has to contain a full URL, complete with the http://, or the middle click is ignored. Humph. What use it THAT??

OK, so I then found these instructions for hacking FF’s internals, to recreate the old behaviour. Amazingly it works, but I’m starting to feel that they’ve got it in for me.

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  1. Dave said,

    29 March, 2012 @ 17:47

    Ubuntu can be a huge pain sometimes. Once you get used to your hotkeys to navigate websites there is no going back and once they stop working it can be infuriating! Glad you found a workaround.

  2. Jack said,

    8 August, 2012 @ 00:01

    Firefox is going on loosing its advantage against internet explorer, i think new king is Chrome now, how bad for firefox..

  3. Mariusz said,

    3 December, 2012 @ 20:53

    I also have problems with Firefox, it’s not a platform problem, in Ubuntu there was strange hangs on mouse gestures, Windows is not far better. Firefox is getting worse and worse but with help comes to us alternative browsers such as Waterfox or PaleMoon. Regards Mariusz

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