Firefox middle-mouse paste broken by package Ubufox

I’m sure the intent was good, but somewhere down the road they failed miserably… A Ubuntu package called ubufox, or more recently xul-ext-ubufox breaks middle-mouse paste in Ubuntu/Kubuntu.

It claims to do this:

 Integrates the browser with Ubuntu to:
  * Enable searching for missing plugins from Ubuntu software catalog
  * Add the following options to the Help menu
    - Get help on-line
    - Help translating Firefox
    - Ubuntu Release Notes
  * Set homepage to Ubuntu Start Page
  * Display a restart notification after upgrading Firefox
  * Add ask.com to the search engines.

But that’s not all, since middle-mouse paste gets broken too… Geez, thanks for making my life less convenient, and disabling what I’ve come to know as a Linux default behaviour for web browsers.

For some time I’ve wondered why I couldn’t activate this feature like described in this post. Turning the interest to my Firefox extension, I noticed I had an extension called Ubufox, which I couldn’t recall installing. So I googled it and came up with this link, revealing the horrible truth about this crap called Ubufox!

The solution is simple enough though, disable the Ubufox extension and then:

sudo apt-get --purge remove xul-ext-ubufox

 

Aaahh, free at last!

 

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