Shh! Firefox 12 Brings Silent Updates

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maxeeemum

FF 12 automatically updated my browser. I quickly went to options and shut it off. I set it up to notify me when an update is available. Just like windows update I want to control all updates.

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irontechmonkey

... just to clarify; Firefox 12 is now installing an additional Windows service which will control updates outside Firefox. This is antithetical to a core (at least at one time) reason that Firefox was so popular. Making matters worse is the fact that the Firefox uninstaller does not cleanly remove the service. The avoidance of just that sort of excessive integration into the OS as well as computer bloat are reasons that Firefox ever existed at all. Between Firefox's bad development decisions and google's new "terms" the open source Chromium browser is looking mighty nice.

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maxeeemum

Chrome auto updates too! I shut that off too!

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pratikrawankar

Enable automatic update in Mozilla Firefox

Enter about:config in the address bar
Search for app.update.url.override (if it does not exist, Right Click > New > String)
Modify its value to http://waterfoxproject.org/update/%CHANNEL%/%VERSION%/update.xml

enjy

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irontechmonkey

This is a sweep dirt under the rug solution, and now betraying a core concept of the original differences between FF and IE - that IE was so ingrained into the OS and FF worked in it's own box (figuratively speaking). Not good.

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livebriand

The main thing is that I'd like to see more performance improvements. (that's the main reason I use Chrome)

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biggiebob12345

Mozilla needs to stop worrying about adding obscure developer tools and start worrying about performance more.

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aarcane

That's all well and good so long as it doesn't restart my browser when I'm not around.

on an only slightly related note: How long until thunderbird and firefox FINALLY share a password manager which can relock itsself when I lock my PC?

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