Friday, March 13, 2015

Greasemonkey 3.0 Release

Mozilla is planning to add multi process support to Firefox.  Bill McCloskey has a detailed article explaining why.  In short: security, performance, stability.  It just so happens that the underlying Firefox changes drastically affect the inner workings of Greasemonkey.

The Greasemonkey developers have been working hard to rewrite significant portions of the extension.  There are no new features, but the internals have changed quite a lot.  As a result this release is bumping the major version number, to 3.0.

Ideally, you don't notice anything.  Once multi process Firefox is enabled by default, everything should continue to work as normal.  But this is a "point oh" release.  Perhaps we've missed something?  Please let us know if you have any problems!

Note that as always it takes some time for Mozilla to review the new version.  If you're interested in staying on the bleeding edge, try installing the development channel beta release.

3 comments:

Jon Spence said...

One noticeable difference I see with 3.0 is that scripts I explicitly let run on about:blank no longer work.

Is this a bug or intentional?

arantius said...

Bug. https://github.com/greasemonkey/greasemonkey/issues/2108

RicoRod said...

I think there's something wrong with version 3.0. My firefox memory usage goes up a lot more, sometimes to 2 GB, and FF doesn't release the memory. The browser becomes laggy. I've tried the beta version also. Going back to 2.3 fixes it.