[Bug 600158] [NEW] After upgrading to firefox 3.6 java plugin and flash plugin do not work

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Thu Jul 1 11:18:41 UTC 2010

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Today a bunch of updates arrived and were installed through update-manager. Among these, firefox was upgraded from 3.0.19 to 3.6.6. After this upgrade, any page using flash is not loaded, a banner with "flash plugin crashed" appearing instead. When loading a page that needs the javaplugin, it does not work either with a lot of error messages appearing in the java console.
Googling a little, it seems that firefox 3.4 introduced something called "anti crash plugins" or something like this that deactivates plugins that take a certain amount of time to be started. This makes that plugins that are somewhat slow in showing up are not activated at all. If I have understood well, this amount of time was increased in version 3.6 trying to avoid this behaviour but apparently it does not work (or perhaps it needs to work a computer faster than mine).
I had to downgrade back to 3.0.19 to get flash and java working again. (By the way, downgrading was a painful task: many packets need downgrading including language packs, and in the upgrade-downgrade movement, the firefox icon has been lost and firefox has dissappeared from the menus and need to be started from the console).
>From my point of view, this new feature, instead of avoiding crashes, generates a lot of new crashes. At least, an easy way to deactivate this unfortunate "anti crash feature" should be provided.
By the way, I am using hardy.

** Affects: firefox-3.0 (Ubuntu)
     Importance: Undecided
         Status: Incomplete

** Affects: firefox-3.0 (Ubuntu Hardy)
     Importance: Undecided
         Status: New

After upgrading to firefox 3.6 java plugin and flash plugin do not work
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