Is this not a serious wake up call for all these companies relying on Chromium? You are staking so much of your business on a giant conglomerate that does not care about you or your users, whose only aim to sweep up as much data from the web as possible to feed their ad machine.
I was hoping some company would fork Chromium before Manifest V3 change and apply patches from mainline as necessary but it seems less and less likely with every day. If Vivaldi manages to patch out Google's changes and keep uBlock working as it is now they will have me as their user until heat death of the universe.
It's sad that Firefox engine is so difficult to embed and we could have seen more projects using it.
Why? Why on earth would anyone want those built into their web browser?
This move is a blatant attack from Google on power-users, always in the name of "security" and performance.
Ads will win if MV3 is mass adopted and enforced. Time to set-up Pi-hole.
Next year is going to be the year of Firefox. Mozilla team intend to keep these APIs around.
Their stated goal is to improve the performance of the web request blocking API.
Their (unstated but suspected) goal is to neuter adblocking chrome extensions.
They should have made extensions get auto-disabled if they 'slow down web page loading too much'. Set the threshold for that to be say more than a 20% increase in page load time, but make the threshold decrease with time - eg. 10% in 2023, 5% in 2024, 2% in 2025, to finally 1% in 2026 etc.
Eventually, that would achieve both of Googles goals - since adblockers would be forced to shorten their lists of regex'es, neutering them, and performance would increase at the same time. Extension developers would have a hard time complaining, because critics will always argue they just have bloated inefficient code.
Vivaldi is great and all but they suck at privacy.