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Top 10 Firefox Add-ons for Linux Users

Apr 20, 2009, 17:32 (0 Talkback[s])

"Firefox supports extensions, plugins, and themes -- which are collectively called "add-ons." This probably isn't news to anyone who’s been using Firefox for more than a few days, but what might not be obvious is which extensions would be most useful. It's a bit subjective, but I've tried to highlight ten of the most useful extensions for professional Linux users. This means I've slanted the choice of extensions to ones that extend productivity rather than social media extensions like Power Twitter.

"Though other browsers do support extensions, widgets, etc., Firefox has by far the largest selection of bolt-on features of any Web browser. The Mozilla folks have done a really good job of creating a platform for development that has made the browser far more than an application for displaying Web pages. Let's take a look at what Firefox has to offer.

"Mix and Match Extensions
Before we get started on our tour of useful extensions, let me step back and give a few words of caution. Firefox itself is usually a stable beast, but when you start adding extensions, things can get unstable in a hurry. Especially when you start installing a bunch of extensions.

"While I've tried and enjoyed all of the add-ons here, I don't run them all at the same time. Keeping the number of add-ons that are installed and active at any given time has kept my browser reasonably stable. (Conversely, I've found that when Firefox crashes frequently, it's usually solved by turning off or unininstalling one or more extensions.)"

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