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Removing the menu bar/using with server2go

Hi,

Firstly, I just had to do a bit of hacky stuff to register here: The captcha wasn't displaying, so I looked in the page source, and brought up what it was trying but failing to display (in my case https://api-secure.recaptcha.net/noscript?k=biglonghash) and opened that on it's own. Looks like the certificate has expired over on that site, so you'll probably want to get them to change the date on it, or get a new one. Most browsers are particularly suspicious of expired certs, so the process for getting the captcha to display will put some users off Smile

Anyway, here are 2 questions about FF portable:

I'm trying to make a kiosk style app on a USB key. I'm using server2go, and I've used ioncube to encode the data that's in it. Firefox portable isn't behaving well with server2go, which doesn't know it's closed, so it needs to be closed manually. Has anyone managed to get that working?

Second question: Is there a way to hide the menu bar? Maybe a setting in the profile? I've managed to hide the tab bar and bookmarks bar by loading extensions and then copying the extensions directory into ffp's one. But "autohide menubar" doesn't work with ff4 (yet?) - is there another way?

Thanks for any help with this,

Ale

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Captcha Fixed

The captcha module needed an update and should be working again now. I checked it in IE and it appears to be.

As for the others, just right-click and hide the menu bar in FF4

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menubar hiding

Hi John

Thanks for that - yeah I could see it was a drupal site - I've had similar trouble before Smile

About the hiding - I right click and hide, but on relaunch the menu bar is there again. I can't find the bit of the hidden ffp profile in my windows home directories so that I can copy it over and keep the menubar hidden between restarts.

Do you know how this is done in ff4? I think there might be a chrome somewhere that does it (a confusingly named firefox chrome that is, not a google one!)

Thanks,

Ale

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Preference

It's a simple preference I believe in prefs.js. Nothing hidden about it. Just right-click and hide. We don't really assist with custom hacking on Firefox profiles as the licensing does not permit them to be redistributed.

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Firefox profile licensing.

Hi

I just saw this reply you'd added since last I looked.

Can you clarify a bit please on this? I just checked on

http://www.mozilla.org/foundation/licensing.html

and I can't find anything relating to profile licensing, or did you mean the whole thing?

Bit of a show-stopper in using ff portable for this project, but server2go comes with it's own distributable browser (simplebrowser I think) based on IE :S

Thanks,

Ale

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licensing

While Firefox is open source, the name "Firefox" is trademarked by Mozilla. PortableApps.com has a license agreement with Mozilla to be able to repackage firefox while keeping the name. Said agreement limits the options what can be changed in the portable firefox released by PortableApps.com.

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Checking with mozilla

Hi Simeon,

Thanks for your reply.

Yesterday I wrote to licensing@mozilla and got this reply relating to the redistributability(what a word!) of profiles:

"The user-generated data in them is the property of the user, and they can do what you like with it. Some files in the profile folder are cached bits of Firefox, and so probably technically are under the same licence as Firefox. But you can redistribute those too, under the terms of our licences (which presumably you are using for PortableFirefox, although it's not our product): http://www.mozilla.org/MPL/."

At the moment in any case, the adapted profile has 2 changes:

I've added a user.js file which allows javascript to close the browser from a link with window.close(), and I've added the r-kiosk extension which has an eula saying

"R-Kiosk extension is in public domain. It may be freely reproduced, distributed, transmitted, used, modified, built upon, or otherwise used by anyone for commercial or non-commercial purposes."

I'm also looking for a way to include a pdf viewer, so that may be a plugin or a file association and separate installation of sumatra, if I can add that to user.js somehow too.

Do you think I will need separate permission from FF/mozilla (or from yourselves?) to do this in our web app's USB version? I am wondering if other users have "adapted" ff portable in this way, in which case I hope this thread can help them resolve doubts in future too.

Thanks,

Ale

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unsure

I am no expert in licensing so its best to have John Haller answer your question.

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