Since i have not found a way to fully synchronize my Firefox bookmarks between different platforms, i also use to play with both Linux and Windows, and when i mean fully synchronize i intend that the bookmark manager has to respect the bookmark hierarchy an layout, i wanted to try the Mozilla Weave extension and its service , available for both Mozilla and Thunderbird, but only the version 3 Betas. So i started to figure out in which way i can do it cause I'm addicted to use Firefox with all the lovely extensions updated, without them and i think everyone with yours personal choices, seems to be impossible to work.
Simply i installed Sandboxie, i would like to be a little bit more explicit with added screenshots, but the program is so simple and powerful, and sincerely I'm not yet blog-organized about. Let me explain in a few words: Sandboxie creates layers that don't affect the Windows subsystem, aka registry and original configuration files. It creates a directory called
C:\Sandbox\(user)\(yoursandboxname) where your sandboxes data will be stored. You can run your favorites programs within the sandbox, there are predefined menu items like Web Browser, Mail Reader, Windows Explorer and so on, or, you can choose an arbitrary program and even install a new one. Firstly i installed Firefox 3.1b2 in a new sandbox called Clean, so the program data gone to
C:\Sandbox\(user)\Clean\drive\C\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox 3.1 Beta 2\, while the following profiles and user data will be stored in a sister folder at
C:\Sandbox\(user)\Clean\user\(users); it's clear, it's like a partial "mirror" of your user directory and a fake drive. So the new Firefox will be started with a clean profile.
"Could be important to say to launch different browsers versions in different sandboxes. For example i use Firefox 3.0.7 as default browser and if i launch it trough a sandbox where i installed Firefox 3.1b2 profiles will interfere, while if you launch your default browser (in this example Firefox) through the menu item hence sandboxed (virtualized, protected), a copy of your original profile will be stored in the user data Mozilla dir. I have not been able to install a clean version of Firefox 3.0.7 (which one i use, the default) and start it with a clean profile, it's strange, it's also true you can create a new profile with the the command
All the programs installed under
C:\Sandbox (is the default and can be changed), will run "sandboxed" and you can identify them because its title is preceded by # and followed by the same #. You can create shortcuts directly on the desktop and they will launch without affect your Windows data and configuration files. I have a shortcut pointing to
"C:\Sandbox\harrison3001\Andrea\drive\C\Programmi\Mozilla Firefox 3.1 Beta 2\firefox.exe" onto it. Be sure to read the five steps tutorial on Sandboxie site, feel free to contact if needed.
I'm becoming too verbose, we will return on Sandboxie maybe with a screencast, this post is calling me. Two things. I can confirm you that importing bookmarks trough the common used HTML way (bookmarks.html) don't restore tags. We have to save our bookmarks trough the Backup... menu item (JSON format).
"So don't save your bookmarks in HTML format if you want to restore tags in Firefox, not the delicious ones, but this is another story, or better another extension."
The second, Mozilla Weave is very promising i have tested it and seems to work well on synchronizing, it has restored the hierarchy of my bookmarks previously synchronized with the server but the tags have been putted in the Bookmarks Menu folder, i consider it a giant progress.
Mozilla Weave - https://mozillalabs.com/weave
Profile Manager and Synchronizer - http://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/9452
Bookmarks Link Checker Minus - http://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/8474
CheckPlaces - http://www.andyhalford.com/checkplaces/index.html