Whatever the mechanism, the basic problem is that Fedora cannot ship
any extensions by default. This may impact Workstation in other ways
beyond simply the Firefox name: as I recall there have been
discussions of having Workstation ship with a customized user-agent
extension as well as possibly a theming extension. Neither of these
will be possible because Firefox can no longer load it.
(Some other useful additions might have been some of the privacy
extensions; I know people were working on that).
One alternative would be for us to switch to using Icecat as the
default browser, possibly modifying the .desktop file to just report
itself as "Browser". It is fundamentally the same browser as Firefox,
except not bound by the "you cannot change anything and still call it
As Jiri mentioned in another email for Firefox we patch the code
to modify the user-agent. For Chrome, we use an extension, but the
way it works is that we submitted it to Google and then have it install
from there as opposed to ship it on disk. We could do the same for
Firefox extensions I guess.