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Right, except for private windows.

This is the most annoying feature of for me, and a user-hostile antipattern.

How this plays out is this: you have no obvious indication that an update is pending, until that one time, you click a link and instead of your page, you get this tab. The browser is now unusable until you let it restart, interrupting whatever it was you were doing at the moment.

Like e.g. being in the middle of a multi-step form filling process on a government page.

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@temporal there must be a way to disable this. It has caused me untold amount of frustration.

@temporal
Is this some kind of windows only problem? Never happened to me on linux or macos. Maybe there is some option to disable automatic updates?

@nesc @temporal it happens to me on Linux but never on macOS. Is this a new behavior? I didn't notice it until a couple weeks ago.

@sarayourfriend
Tested a bit. I'm almost sure it happens only with "official" mozilla builds bc ones built by my distribution don't to it. You can disable this behaviour in about:config.

@temporal

@sarayourfriend For me it's on Linux (Ubuntu), but I think it's also happening on Windows too. It's been bugging me for some year or two now, maybe longer. Definitely not new behavior. @nesc

@temporal Also like, it takes a while after an update has completed until Firefox starts doing that, which doesn't exactly help either as one might then think it's all fine after an update only to get surprised by this a while later

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