Although Mozilla Firefox OS has been a disaster for the Mozilla Foundation, other projects are succeeding and becoming popular, making the Firefox web browser more and more used among users of not only Gnu / Linux but also macOS. or Windows 10. A couple of years ago, Mozilla launched the Test Pilot program, a program that joins Mozilla Firefox to create better features and add-ons for Mozilla's browser. Some time later, Test Pilot has a large number of users and its applications are becoming more popular, which is why we really tell you what is Test Pilot and how to install it in our web browser, regardless of the Gnu / Linux distribution that we have or the operating system that we use.
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What is Test Pilot
Test Pilot is an application or software that is installed in Mozilla Firefox and whose purpose is to create a testing ground for software or add-ons that are soon to be released for the Mozilla browser or that are experimental features. This software can be a native Mozilla Firefox feature or an add-on, it all depends on the team behind the development. In any case, thanks to Test Pilot will be stable and highly tested software that we can use freely in the not too distant future from our web browser.
We can say that Test Pilot is a testing ground that will collect information from the software we have installed. That is why Test Pilot is not an extension for all users but for those who are expert users, developers and of course, those who do not mind sharing data with Mozilla and who want to collaborate with the Mozilla Community. The essence of Test Pilot is to test software or features that are under development and send the information you collect to the developer or development team or simply decide if the function is worth it or not. This data is processed by Mozilla so that it is anonymous for the development team. but there is such a process so we have to be aware that information will be shared and that it can be hacked.
This modern benchmark is interesting because it will improve the development of new functions and plugins but unfortunately it is still in English, so the Hispanic Community we have to wait a little longer or simply develop in English to be able to use this software in our developmentThis is not necessary for the testing part, that is, for users who test the software since we can have the web browser in Spanish and install Test Pilot without any problem.
How to install Test Pilot on our Gnu / linux
The installation of Test Pilot in our Mozilla Firefox is very simple. Since its launch until now, Test Pilot has evolved a lot from becoming a web browser add-on. But there are things that we can not do without them yet and it is the Firefox account. So, to have this plugin we must have an active Firefox account and use it in our web browser. Once we have done this. We go toto the official website of the Test Pilot program where we will find the Test Pilot complement, as well as various experimental programs and functions that we can use in Test Pilot. In this case we go down to install Test Pilot only.
At the top of the web browser a message will appear asking us if we want to add this plugin. Click OK and we will have the Test Pilot function installed. In the upper left, next to the preferences button we will find an icon in the shape of a spaceship. By clicking on it we will find the different accessories that we can use to test and test.
How Test Pilot works in Firefox
Test Pilot is a test bench but technologically it is a container or sandbox that executes the added function or complement on a virtual configuration. By itself it does not report anything or add new functions to our web browser but if it is the necessary base to install the plugins and functions that are being developed.
Thus, to see and test Tracking Protection, a famous extension, we must first have Test Pilot and then add the Tracking Protection add-on. Hence, on the official Test Pilot website, the first thing they offer is to install the add-on together with Test Pilot. Once it is installed, the web browser will send the information about the operation to the development team. All anonymously but our information.
What accessories can we find compatible with Test Pilot
The demands for developers to be part of the Test Pilot platform are many. That is, we cannot create a plugin with three lines of code and upload it to the Test Pilot platform. There must be a mature development behind to enter Test Pilot and after several tests and developments it is supported in Test Pilot. This means that we have few but quite interesting plugins. The most famous of these is called Tracking Protection, a privacy-oriented add-on that came to light just as Facebook's privacy issue was uncovered.
Color is another of the most famous plugins, ideal for designers and theme developers. Containers is a plugin aimed at creating user profiles as used by other web browsers, such as Chrome. Send, Mozilla's file sharing application is also present in Test Pilot, in this case as a complement to share and send files, an interesting complement that will of course become a function of Mozilla Firefox.
Notes and Side View are two new add-ons that are geared towards productivity and that will allow us to manage several tabs at the same time or take notes as we are browsing. Two exciting features that are causing a stir due to their smooth operation and productivity.
These are some of lThe add-ons that we can find on the official Test Pilot website but it is not a closed list nor is it obsolete, is a list that will gradually expand and is available to everyone, both old and new accessories.
It is recommended to use Test Pilot
Possibly the million dollar question. Personally, I think that if we have a production computer, a company computer or something similar, the use of Test Pilot is counterproductive because there may be an error or problem that ends with an important task that we are doing. But If it is our personal computer that we use to navigate and voila, Test Pilot is very interesting and a great way to participate in a Free Software community. It can also make our personal navigation noticeably improve thanks to add-ons such as Side View or Notes. Of course, we must be aware at all times that our information will be shared and even part of it will be public.