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#1 2018-09-13 22:13:11

Altoid
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Firefox 60.2.0esr - Rollback

Hello:

On Fri Sep  7 22:18:12 2018 I upgraded firefox-esr (52.9.0esr-1~deb9u1) to 60.2.0esr-1~deb9u2, something I deeply regret.

I'd like to rollback to the previous version firefox-esr (52.9.0esr-1~deb9u1) or maybe something in-between and pin it.
60.2 is a POS interface wise.

Just what are these guys at Mozilla thinking?

How can I do this without screwing up my installation?
Is it OK to just fetch the package from the Debian repos and install it?

Thanks in advance,

A.

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#2 2018-09-14 03:12:55

fsmithred
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Re: Firefox 60.2.0esr - Rollback

Yes, you can just download the package and install it. You might already have a copy of the package in /var/cache/apt/archives/.

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#3 2018-09-14 10:34:33

Altoid
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Re: Firefox 60.2.0esr - Rollback

Hello:

Thanks for the fast reply.

fsmithred wrote:

... just download the package and install it.

OK.

fsmithred wrote:

... a copy of the package in /var/cache/apt/archives/.

No, it's not one of the packages there.
Must have cleaned up recently.

I've downloaded a few of the available AppImage files from bintray.com and run them to see which version was the last before these guys screwed up the interface (more than they already had).

You just download it to a suitable place in you /home folder, make it executable and start it.
It picks up all your settings.

Running one of these *.AppImage files may be even better than installing the application., I have to check how that can be done.

In case anyone else is interested, the version without the improvements to the interface is Firefox-55.0.glibc2.3.4-x86_64.AppImage.
From then on ...   : ^/

Thanks for your input.

Cheers,

A.

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#4 2018-09-14 15:35:48

KatolaZ
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Re: Firefox 60.2.0esr - Rollback

@Altoid: instead of using third-party stuff, why don't you just get the packages from the Debian repo?

  http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/pool/ma … refox-esr/

My2Cents

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#5 2018-09-14 18:57:41

siva
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Re: Firefox 60.2.0esr - Rollback

@Altoid: if you might humor me for a minute, what about Quantum did you dislike?  Was it only the UI?  I'm just curious.

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#6 2018-09-14 22:24:23

Altoid
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Re: Firefox 60.2.0esr - Rollback

Hello:

KatolaZ wrote:

... instead of using third-party stuff, why don't you just get the packages from the Debian repo?

Well ...

1.

OP wrote:

... run them to see which version was the last before these guys screwed up ...

2.
Once I found out that the one I wanted was Firefox-55.0.glibc2.3.4-x86_64, I went looking for it but the repo jumps from 52.9 to 60.4.

That's about it.

Cheers,

A.

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#7 2018-09-14 22:45:36

Altoid
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Re: Firefox 60.2.0esr - Rollback

Hello:

siva wrote:

... humor me for a minute, what about Quantum did you dislike?

Sure ...  =-)

siva wrote:

Was it only the UI?

[humour mode]
More than anything, the UI.

The new absolutely unneeded dancing dots and progress line that show as a page is loading.
I mean, WTF?

And then there's this new way the drop-down folders in the menu bar open to the right and only to the right.
There have been many complaints about this last one on the web and the proposed solution actually was to edit all your bookmarks so they will be shorter and thus not go off the screen (on to the next one in my case).
Really?

I tell you, whoever is in charge of the Firefox UI design does not seem to be the brightest lightbulb in the room.

Then there's the addons I lost, so I'll wait to see what happens and eventually (if things don't get straightened out) see about using another browser.

I have not lost hope but I won't be holding my breath.
How long did it take the Mozilla crew to realise that those damn 'rounded borders' were crap?
[/humour mode]

Cheers,

A.

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#8 2018-09-15 01:09:40

siva
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Re: Firefox 60.2.0esr - Rollback

That makes sense.  I use it on my work PC and haven't noticed that behavior, but I also only navigate to bookmarks through the nav bar "suggestions." (It's the only one I enable.)  I use Waterfox on Linux as a compromise between stability and using the new (quantum) add-on api.

Altoid wrote:

How long did it take the Mozilla crew to realise that those damn 'rounded borders' were crap?

+1

Last edited by siva (2018-09-15 01:10:22)

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#9 2018-09-18 21:17:51

fsmithred
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Re: Firefox 60.2.0esr - Rollback

The tail of this thread was split off into another thread. For the current discussion, go here -
https://dev1galaxy.org/viewtopic.php?id=2373

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