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A browser designed for the web developers

Mozilla has released a new version of Firefox that is aimed towards web developers called Firefox Developer Edition.

Apart from the different, darker, theme that can be changed if you so desire, Firefox Developer Edition comes with various new features that can be very helpful to web developers and Firefox extension/OS applications developers.

A few examples are:

Responsive Design View: A feature that allows you to test and see how your websites or web applications will look under different resolutions. Moreover, Firefox Developer Edition comes with a feature called WebIDE. WebIDE enables Firefox OS application developers to write, run and test their applications within the browser itself using simulation. The nice part about this feature is that is allows you to target specific versions of Firefox OS which means you can now test how your application will behave under different versions of Firefox OS with ease.

Valence: Allows you to test your applications across multiple browsers and devices.

Web Audio Editor: Inspect and interact with Web Audio API in real time to ensure that all audio nodes are connected in the way you expect.

Eyedropper: Copy the color of any pixel in the browser simply by mouseovering and clicking on the area you want.

Of course the features above are just an addition to the features the normal version Firefox has which we all know and love.

Overall, although the additions may not be compelling enough to have you rush to install this version, this is surely a step to the right direction since a developer targeted browser is something that a lot of people are interested in.

You can download Firefox Developer Edition by clicking the link below or by visiting Mozilla’s download page.

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How to disable plugin-container

Plugin-container.exe is a Firefox process that is used to load plugins separately so if a plugin crashes for whatever reason, Firefox won’t be affected by the crash and will stay responsive.

Since there are a lot of people experiencing problems with the plugin-container process I wanted to provide you with two easy methods for disabling it.

In older versions of Firefox it was possible to disable plugin-container.exe by following the steps below.

First method

  1. Enter about:config in your address bar
  2. Search for dom.ipc.plugins.enabled
  3. Set their values to false

Sadly the above method doesn’t seem to work anymore with the newer versions of Firefox. Luckily there is a different workaround which can achieve the same exact result by setting a system or a user environment variable. Follow the steps below if the first method did not work for you.

Second method

  1. Right click on your computer icon on the desktop and click properties
  2. Go to Advance system settings
  3. Click the button called "Environment Variables"
  4. Click the “New” button under User variables or System variables depending if you want the change to affect all the users on the system or just the one you are currently logged as
  5. Set the variable name to MOZ_DISABLE_OOP_PLUGINS and its value to 1

And that is all you have to do. Now simply restart Firefox and you will notice that the plugin-container.exe process will not be used any more.