Waterfox Reviews

Unsigned extensions

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From the release 41 Firefox will start blocking unsigned extensions.
Waterfox will keep the possibility to install them, another reason to prefer this software to the original one.

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Best Firefox-fork out there, no telemetry & faster than Mozilla's browser.

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As I find Firefox more and more intrusive and Chrome-like, I installed Waterfox some months after trying Palemoon and at the moment I keep Firefox Quantum and Waterfox on my PC (Palemoon is very good but what about not being able to install so usefull add-on like uBlock origin ? )
With Watefox, I had to reinstall the add-ons I have in Firefox, each time fetching an"older version" to be compatible, but these these versions were not so old.

What I dislike in Firefox is that it seems more and more to run after Chrome.
I really don't like the Options menu in Firefox. Sometimes your may ask yourself in wich part of the menu you are, because there is no really landmark on this entirely white screen. I imagine that the main purpose of this non-ending screen is to dissuade people to modify the options (for example blocking all third party cookies, uncheck sending reports to Mozilla, disabling Web push completely and so on).
Perhaps within some time I will keep only Waterfox.

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I've been using Waterfox for several days now, and honestly, I can't tell the difference between it and Firefox 56. It may not be as fast as Quantum, but it's not the early-2000s, and browser speed is not nearly as important to me as overall functionality.

I was forced to switch, because Firefox refuses to support the Tab Mix Plus addon, and not having multi-row tabs is a researcher's nightmare. Thankfully, Waterfox continues to include security updates and other improvements, instead of leaving millions of long-time Firefox users in the dust.

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While I do like that Waterfox continues to support legacy extensions Firefox dropped in version 57, I don't recommend it because it's slow to update. As of the day this was written, Waterfox is on version 56, and Firefox Quantum (regular edition, not beta or nightly) is on version 59. This means Waterfox users will have to wait longer before they get security patches and updates, making the browser more dangerous to use than a Firefox browser configured for security and privacy using the PrivacyTools config.

[Edited by shadomatrix, August 11]
Waterfox, like most other "private" browsers, pretends to care about your privacy while in reality, this browser has just as much spyware as Firefox. Would not recommend. Use GNU Icecat or Pale Moon instead.

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Continues to be updated, while allowing me to use favorite addons, especially Tab Mix Plus (for multi-row tabs).

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This is the second Firefox, but with remove telemetry.



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Ok.... but,

+Disabled Encrypted Media Extensions (EME) +Removed Pocket +Removed Telemetry +Removed data collection +Removed startup profiling +Removal of Sponsored Tiles on New Tab Page

-Allow running of all 64-Bit NPAPI plugins
-Allow running of unsigned extensions

I believe that once firefox was upgraded to version 58, and that each clone is updated on security issues, the kernel remains the same.
however, many of the old extensions were maligned, problematic, and unreliable, for that reason they are not to be informed in quantum version 58.
Also all the positives options easilly can be removed from about:config section at Firefox quantum.

[Edited by CpaRta, February 11]

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A Firefox alternative. Worth it on 64 computerse.

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I start using this browser few days ago and its just great! The developer works hard and keep updating the browser and he keep some extensions that don't work on newer Firefox version alive!

No tracking, if you want an alternative to firefox or other browsers waterfox is just great!

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Updates unlike the esr versions, no telemetry. All my addons migrated during download. Is everything FIrefox should've stayed before they played the game with the expired cert leading to all addons being disabled - forcing you to update to their soon to be commercialized versions. Mozilla = sellout.

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All firefox classic extensions works GREAT!!!!

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So much better than Firefox Quantum.

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The staff had hopes for this, but it didn't pan out. Multiple portal sights for differing purposes were no longer usable / could not log in. Much as we want to abandoned the new (polluted) FireFox, this is not (yet) the solution. It brought our work flow to a halt.