The death of uBlock and uMatrix ???

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The death of uBlock and uMatrix ???

Post by billmcct » 2019-01-23, 09:42

Where Google goes, Firefox soon follows with their Chrome clone.
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/s ... t-blocker/
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Re: The death of uBlock and uMatrix ???

Post by Isengrim » 2019-01-23, 10:40

On one hand, I'm somewhat skeptical that Google would risk a lot of users permanently abandoning their browser over crippling UBO and other adblockers with this API change. On the other hamd, perhaps that number of users is small enough (or the demand from advertisers large enough) that Google believes they can weather the backlash (which I imagine will be significant).

In any case, I'm interested to see where this goes, but I do think there is a nontrivial chance that UBO for Chrome will survive. Even if Google does make this change, I think there's an even greater chance that Mozilla will not. It would be too good to pass up in terms of advantages that they can tout over Chromium browsers.
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Re: The death of uBlock and uMatrix ???

Post by Moonchild » 2019-01-23, 11:22

Isengrim wrote: Even if Google does make this change, I think there's an even greater chance that Mozilla will not. It would be too good to pass up in terms of advantages that they can tout over Chromium browsers.
Short term maybe, but if Google makes version 3 "the standard" then Mozilla will very likely follow if their WebExtensions "all eggs in one basket" decision means extension developers will have to make a choice and will likely choose the larger market share (Chrome+Edge) to target their WebExtensions at.
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Re: The death of uBlock and uMatrix ???

Post by vannilla » 2019-01-23, 22:41

Ah, if only there was a browser on which uBlock and uMatrix will always work without workaround hacks and doesn't have an ever-changing add-on infrastructure...
Oh, wait.

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Re: The death of uBlock and uMatrix ???

Post by Michaell » 2019-01-24, 02:34

Mozilla already said they're going with that v3 stuff, so... UXP and other small independent developers will be all that's left. And despite the title, impact isn't limited to gorhill's extensions.
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Post by Isengrim » 2019-01-24, 11:06

NotWorthKnowing wrote:Mozilla already said they're going with that v3 stuff
Where?
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Re: The death of uBlock and uMatrix ???

Post by Michaell » 2019-01-24, 12:31

I don't have a specific link. I spent most of the day yesterday reading everything I could find. You're welcome to do the same. I started with Ghacks, and at least two threads on Firefox subreddit, and issue 338 on GitHub uBlockIssues, and all the links you find in those.

https://www.ghacks.net/2019/01/22/chrom ... or-chrome/
https://github.com/uBlockOrigin/uBlock- ... issues/338
https://www.reddit.com/r/firefox/commen ... nd_ublock/
https://www.reddit.com/r/firefox/commen ... n_ubo_and/
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Re: The death of uBlock and uMatrix ???

Post by Lootyhoof » 2019-01-24, 12:37

Isengrim wrote:
NotWorthKnowing wrote:Mozilla already said they're going with that v3 stuff
Where?
While they didn't specifically mention they'd be following Google down the same path, the topic was discussed here:

https://blog.mozilla.org/addons/2018/10 ... xtensions/

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Re: The death of uBlock and uMatrix ???

Post by back2themoon » 2019-01-24, 13:18

The article starts with "Browser extensions are wonderful". You immediately know something bad is going to happen to browser extensions.

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Post by Isengrim » 2019-01-24, 13:23

Off-topic:
back2themoon wrote:The article starts with "Browser extensions are wonderful". You immediately know something bad is going to happen to browser extensions.
That already happened, on November 14, 2017. ;)
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Re: The death of uBlock and uMatrix ???

Post by Night Wing » 2019-01-24, 13:59

Lootyhoof wrote:While they didn't specifically mention they'd be following Google down the same path, the topic was discussed here:

https://blog.mozilla.org/addons/2018/10 ... xtensions/
Sometimes the comments at the end of written blogs are more interesting than the article itself when the article is nothing more than a public relations "spin" by Mozilla.
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Re: The death of uBlock and uMatrix ???

Post by Fedor2 » 2019-01-24, 14:00

Pious lickspittle mozzilla has became, futile hope that they will not follow the google.

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