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Gustav
Strollin' around
Status: In review

A less complex product will have less bugs.

The core of Firefox should only be the needed functionality to browse the web.

Additions that are built in like Pocket add additional code.

I my idea is that Firefox should split Pocket out from the Firefox executable and have it as an pre-installed extension which can be disabled by users or even removed if they do not want to have have it in their installation.

 

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Bjones
Strollin' around

I agree, but I doubt this will happen since Pocket is a revenue stream and thus Mozilla is probably trying to push its uptake. 

Gustav
Strollin' around

@Bjones 

I'm hoping against hope that Mozilla chooses to focus on the stability and core functionallity of Firefox.

Bloating the product is "BAD" and they could perhaps get even greater revenue stream if they architect the extension framework in such a way that authentic extensions from Mozilla (which they can create for 3rd parties in some kind of sponsorship deal) could be offered to more than just Pocket.

Then it would be up to users to disable the extensions if they don't want to use them, or even remove them from the installation entirely.

But it is probably as you say and no one will want to do anything regarding this - unless the community really - really get behind this and push the issue.

Think if we could have a smaller, faster and less resource heavy browser??

endolith
Strollin' around

Didn't they already do this?  Did they change it back?

endolith
Strollin' around

>Think if we could have a smaller, faster and less resource heavy browser??

That's what Firefox was originally meant to be. 😞

LightCode
New member

To be honest, I don't know why it is not a possibility from the addons menu. Because it is possible to disable or remove pocket entirely from Firefox... just not from Firefox itself. CCleaner can do that in 3 clicks. Therefore we can see that pocket is already working as a pre-installed extension, but it is hidden.

I understand how some other functionalities that are also hidden extensions like Form Autofil and ETP Search Volume Study are not good to be messed with by a "typical user". Still, removing Pocket does not mess with any core functionality of Firefox. I have it removed for at least 3 updates and never had any problems with it.

Gustav
Strollin' around

@LightCodeI'm not going to run CCleaner (I consider it shady since it was bought up by another company).

But are you sure that it does remove vs. disable Pocket.

I personally disable it in the about:config but this means that the code is still in the core Firefox.

If you have more information about the hidden extensions for Firefox please share - I would love to be able to remove Pocket at least - but will not run CCleaner to do it. Some manual way perhaps? (Google hasn't found anything when I searched).

bhandscomb
New member

Agreed. Pocket shouldn't be a browser feature that you can disable, it should be an extension that can be added. On a clean install it could be an easy thing to ASK if people want to use it, even if the default answer is yes and it does a small download and install. Ideally I don't want to be forced into the about:config to turn disable something I have absolutely no interest in.

ansiklopedici
Making moves

Pocket should be a built-in Firefox feature that can be disabled. Pocket (like Firefox Sync) should remain a built-in Firefox feature. Those who don't want to use Pocket can disable and ignore.

Right Ideas:

  • Pocket ("Save to Pocket" button in right click etc.) should be easily disabled. (Without the need to about:config)
  • Pocket should remain a built-in Firefox feature. (like Firefox Sync)
Yayo
Strollin' around

Firefox making us swallow Pocket like Microsoft does with Edge.

Gustav
Strollin' around

@ansiklopedici 

The point of it not being built in to the core Firefox is to slim down Firefox and to allow user to disable Pocket and then the code will not even be in the running process (if Add-in that can be deleted).