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Extension Manifest v3 - Should we worry for Opera extensions' future?

  • AS Opera's ad blocker is not an extension, what Google limits extensions to is immaterial.

  • @sgunhouse It is listed on the Extensions page of Opera. I believe that's part of my initial confusion.

  • Whatever is listed on the Extensions page says "Recommended" (as in, not installed yet)...?

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    The question was whether or not changes to Chromium's base code would impact extensions. This is listed on the extensions page. I believe it's a fair question whether or not Opera's built-in adblocker will be impacted by proposed changes to Manifest V3.

  • @leocg Thanks for responding to one of my questions. However, I am even more curious to know what would happen to Opera's handling of other ad-blocking extensions (other than the built-in adblocker) - is Opera providing any feedback on this proposed plan? If it goes through as currently drafted, will Opera handle extensions (and limit their functionality) as per the manifest or would it retain a backwards compatibility mode? I know it's early days, but this is an important matter close to many users' hearts.

  • If they make changes in Chromium, I guess that there won't be too much that Opera or any other Chromium based browsers could do.

  • Not really. They CAN (and do) modify the Chromium code each time an update comes out. Vivaldi makes underlying changes each release as it makes new code work with their features. Brave has already stated that these proposed changes will not affect their manipulation of the code or how their built-in ad blocking feature works. Chrome tacks on Google-specific features to the Chromium code, and I'm sure that Opera does the same.

    Chromium itself is designed to be modified by end users to add or remove features in their software.

  • Yes, they can change the code and they probably do it a lot but depending on the costs of it, they will just follow Chromium.

  • Which is why we're hoping to get a response from someone on or familiar with the development team, I believe.

  • What they probably will be able to do only after Chromium decides if they will change something and what.

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