Firefox 16 to 16.01 update on my MINT 11 system today, pretty much a disaster. First of all, all my bookmarks were lost. Secondly, all my window customization was lost. Fortunately, my .mozilla bookmark backups were still there:
$ ls -l /home/freebore/.mozilla/firefox/wqx9uxni.default/bookmarkbackups/
… so a restore was easy from Show all bookmarks->Import and Backup->Restore.
What is more disturbing is the “tabs on top” menu item is gone! It is now an about:config entry only.
ToT (Tabs on top) are BAD for three reasons:
- ToT makes FF look like IE (always a bad thing)
- ToT visually dis-associates the active tab from the content it represents
- ToT forces the user to engage in more pointer travel to move from content to tab control
Mozilla guys, I luv ya, but please stop trying to turn my Linux desktop into an iPad.
P.S. Solved! Somehow Gnome launched Firefox with an alternate profile (that I haven’t had for months). I used firefox -ProfileManager to launch the profile I wanted (the one called default, d’oh), exited, and now the correct profile launches. Since I haven’t used it in ages, indeed, since FF13 or before, how did the alternate profile get set to launch? I can only think it had something to do with Mint FF 16.0.1 packaging.