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  • I use jabref and this extension quite heavily. I can assure you that it does send the URL to jabref; it gets added as a Misc reference with the site URL in the optional fields. On my firefox / windows system it does show greyed out in the plugins menu like you say, however it adds a jabref logo in the address bar which can be clicked (or alt+shift+j) to send to jabref.

    I just tried it on my linux system though, and it doesn’t work for me, either. Suspect some sandboxing weirdness because I have jabref as a flatpak but firefox running natively. I’m just coming back to linux from a few years hiatus so I’m hoping someone better than me at this can check in.

    Jabref does have some troubleshooting steps for their extension that might be worth trying though, depending on your install.












  • That’s really hard to answer definitively without context. Obvs there’s the kernel, but that’s similar enough across distros that it’s not really a point of contention that I know of. At a guess it might mean the distro it’s “based” on, but that in itself could mean a few different things. There’s stuff like package management, which you mentioned, and init style. That’s where things get complicated.

    Like, Mint is based on Ubuntu, which itself is based on Debian. They share DEB / APT for package management and use systemd for init. OTOH, there’s stuff like OpenSuse, which is originally based on SlackWare, but uses RPM (like redhat) for package management. OpenSuse uses systemd, but I think RedHat uses upstart and SlackWare uses a BSD-style init. It’s been a while since I checked in on those last two.

    Of course they could also mean something like choice of desktop environment (as in “A Gnome-based distribution”), default package selection (what the installer refers to as a “base” install). They could mean the general philosophy or release schedule (rolling vs. point release). Or they could even be referring to the userbase (as in; “I use Arch, btw”).