Their is already a lot of discussions about the end of XULRunner and how than the project should adapt. But I didn't find any information how what are the plans.
Only use standalone.
For my point of view it's clear than the "Zoter for Firefox" plugin is obsolete and the project should migrate to use only standalone. So the Firefox plugin can easily can be way lighter and use the almost the same code base has Chrome when https://wiki.mozilla.org/WebExtensions is ready.
In a user point of view it also make sens, their is a lot of confusion about standalone and not standalone. Documentation is harder to write when you have two radically different way of doing things. You also have a big risk to end up with two library. So again I don't understand why this project still provide the full Zotero application as a Firefox plugin.
Migrate the standalone Zotero from XULRunner to ...?
Witch platform is going to be used next for the UX and run the JS used in the core of Zotero? Their is of course http://nwjs.io (formerly node-webkit) and http://electron.atom.io (formerly atom-shell). But http://qt.io/ can also be in option. I guess this is an opportunity to create a mobile app...
So what direction Zotero is going to take?
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On 3/9/16 12:54 PM, Will S wrote:
> Do you think Standalone will be able to go straight from XULRunner to
> Electron, or will it be necessary to switch it to Firefox ESR in
> between as was suggested previously?
Firefox ESR. Mozilla has actually already pulled XULRunner from the tree
and is no longer putting out releases, so just to keep up with security
updates before Electron we'll need to use Firefox builds as the base.
We've already been doing that for the past few releases on some
platforms, so this isn't a big deal.
We will, however, be discontinuing the full-featured Zotero for Firefox
sooner — as early as January 2017 — due to the Firefox e10s
(multiprocess) migration. (In theory the full extension could be made to
work with e10s, but given that XUL extensions are being discontinued by
the end of 2017 anyway it's not worth the effort.)
So once 5.0 is out we'll be at at least 45 across the board. There won't
be new 4.0 releases for Windows/Linux.
I had trouble with later Firefox versions on Windows, so that might stay
on 45esr for a while.