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vorlonken
 
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Post Posted March 10th, 2005, 10:03 pm

PROFILES! I don't use it much but when I need it there's no substitute. A Firefox pre 1.0 release had support for multiple user profiles, and then it went away. I hope that's one feature that Firefox development is going to include in the next release.

A benefit of having browser and email integrated - profiles can be shared. I hope if firefox and thunderbird support the profile concept that they share them... (I've never installed tbird, forgive my ignorance of its features.)

I use Mozilla browser at home and Firefox at work. I like the fact that browser and email are in the same product - but from work, for some reason, *nothing* except outlook express is able to fetch email from my comcast.net POP3 server. It requires a secure connection, and although Mozilla offers it, it won't work. Don't feel too bad because Outlook doesn't work either, just OE.

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Post Posted March 10th, 2005, 10:53 pm

profiles and profile manager are available in FF and I use them. go and search in the FF forum and you'll find messages explaining how. I just don't have the info available and I'm not much of a techie and don't want to mislead you.
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Post Posted March 10th, 2005, 10:55 pm

Ah, but Firefox does have profiles ;) They're just annoyingly hidden, except for one bug (253950) that's constantly biting newbies in the ass.

In fact, a thread just started in the Firefox forums arguing for removal of profile capability from Firefox. Boo, hiss.

Anyway, to open the Profile Manager for Firefox, you:

1. Close Firefox.

2. Go to Start -> Run, and enter

firefox.exe -p

Or if that doesn't work, replace the -p with -profilemanager

Ta-da. There's also a checkbox to have it open whenever you launch Firefox.

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Post Posted March 11th, 2005, 7:43 am

I hate when people in the forums talk about mozilla in 2nd person. I frequent the forums (too much), and I ain't Mozilla.

Cusser - my heart sank a little when I read the news about the Suite. I did make my way over to the wiki page about the seamonkey project, but I wasn't cheered up a whole lot. So, the people on the seamonkey project are pretty much the sake people that have always been there? Seamonkey is going to continue to develop? I use Firefox full time, but I don't want to give up the suite (or watch it go stale)

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Post Posted March 11th, 2005, 8:09 am

MechR, thanks for the info! How clever of them to have hidden it behind a command-line switch...

I'm guessing that they think logging in as a different Windows user accomplishes the same thing, and for most it probaby would, but some of us want to switch identies without the hassle of re-logging in to Windows. Especially those of us who don't have multiple windows users defined.

-Ken

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Post Posted March 11th, 2005, 8:18 am

Jonnyq, the Mozilla Foundation is providing the use of all the resources that Mozilla utilised thus far, cvs, bugzilla, bonsai, etc.

I was under the impression that over the last few releases, not a lot of changes have been made to Mozilla individually, a lot of changes benefitted Firefox/Thunderbird too. While they won't be paying developers to directly work on the new, community maintained Seamonkey, I doubt it'll change a lot, since the focus on Seamonkey has been gradually depleting anyway.

If you read Boris Zbarsky's plan of action (http://web.mit.edu/bzbarsky/Public/SeaMonkey.txt), then you'll see a few familiar names. Seamonkey will also most likely still benefit from Mozilla.org products, such as Gecko and (potentially) XULRunner.

Mitchell and Asa sum up this issue well.

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Post Posted March 11th, 2005, 12:35 pm

I split several posts from this thread and threw them in the dungeon.

I understand quite a few people are confused and/or upset over the "demotion" of the Mozilla Suite, but it would be nice if you expressed this in a polite way.

Thanks!

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Post Posted March 11th, 2005, 6:51 pm

vorlonken wrote:MechR, thanks for the info! How clever of them to have hidden it behind a command-line switch...


Try talking about command line switches to Mac users! :P

Actually, on the Mac, I believe a key combination will bring up the Profile Manager, though.

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Post Posted March 11th, 2005, 10:17 pm

casey1992 wrote:
vorlonken wrote:MechR, thanks for the info! How clever of them to have hidden it behind a command-line switch...


Try talking about command line switches to Mac users! :P

Actually, on the Mac, I believe a key combination will bring up the Profile Manager, though.



Well, actually, in Mac OSX, you do have command line, if you choose to use it - it's called Unix! :wink:

By the way, what's the deal anyway with having to do a command line switch in Firefox to get the Profile Manager, whereas in the Suite, you don't?


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Post Posted March 12th, 2005, 7:36 am

By the way, what's the deal anyway with having to do a command line switch in Firefox to get the Profile Manager, whereas in the Suite, you don't?

There used to be a shortcut to it created by the installer, just like the suite. That has been removed. I'm baffled as to why. It irks me.

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Post Posted March 12th, 2005, 9:01 am

I can't believe nobody has created an extension to add a profile button for FFox. I just copy the safe mode shortcut created during installation and modify it to bring up the profile manager.
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