if I go and copy and backup the profiles of Chromium or Chrome or Vivaldi, or whatever browser
except for Mozilla ( including Thunderbird ),
I can transfer my profile to my next computer, and everything is fine.
Mozilla creates a new profile and ignores completely already existing profiles
if Mozilla or Thunderbird are being installed.
This is very annoying, and I clearly assume Mozilla wants to force users to signup to their
My answer to this is, that I degraded Mozilla for the less important tasks in my workflow
and I am searching for alternatives to Thunderbird too. This is not a new story, this
politics was being implemented by Mozilla for some time already, just now I am fed up with this
and find time to let go of my anger.
I don’t typically do those things so it’s not an issue for me. I’m just generally satisfied with both Firefox as a browser and Thunderbird as an email client. I even use Thunderbird on my Windows installation.
If you care about privacy the only real options are Firefox and it’s derivatives(TOR Browser, Librewolf, etc). If you don’t there are literally tons of alternatives. Vivaldi, Edge, Brave, Chromium, Chrome, etc, etc
Mozilla tends to protect existing profiles by creating new ones when in doubt, which imho isn’t necessarily a Bad Thing™️. There’s no Sorry after a data loss.
In my experience you usually only have - e.g. for with Firefox - copy your ~/.mozilla folder to migrate profiles. If the existing profile isn’t picked up go to about:profiles, set your default profile and you’re done.