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12 May 2005 @ 05:34 pm
What's the big deal about Firefox anyway?  
So today I decided to try out Firefox to see what people are crowing about. And, as a long-time Mozilla user, I still don't get it. It doesn't seem like an improvement over the Suite. In fact, in some respects it fells like a step backwards. The preferences seem much more rudimentary (but they've got colorful icons! gosh!). How do I tell Firefox what JavaScript is allowed to do, since the prefs panel for it is completely missing? All that's left is popup blocking, which is nice, but popups aren't the only thing I want to prevent. Not having quick access to mail is also kind of annoying. I keep hearing that "it loads so much faster than the Suite" but windows come up much slower than the Suite for me using QuickLaunch, which Firefox doesn't seem to have any equivalent to.

The main advantage seems to be that some extentions are now being made only for Firefox, or have abandoned Suite support. And Deepest Sender seems less buggy on Firefox (the link button actually works, for example). On the other hand, my preferred skin, Pinball, has not yet been ported to Firefox and the author seems disinclined to make that a priority.

I've only just started using it, and I'll continue to experiment with it to see if my opinion changes. But right now my opinion is that Firefox's popularity relative to the Suite has more to do with marketing and having a sexier name than actually being better.
Current Mood: confusedconfused
Current Music: Puff Daddy feat. Jimmy Page - Come With Me
Vorn the Unspeakableunspeakablevorn on May 13th, 2005 03:39 am (UTC)
Firefox is not designed to be the emacs of web browsers. Most people don't want their browser to do news or mail or irc or any of that crap, they just want to surf the web.

Second, Firefox is designed to be easy to use from the standpoint of the 95% of the world that used or uses IE. Mozilla didn't cover that base, either.

Wog of Westminstergrassynoel on May 13th, 2005 05:47 am (UTC)
That's it. Firefox is much better than IE, which is why it's becoming popular. Being less than Mozilla proper doesn't affect that.
gwalla: bad hair daygwalla on May 13th, 2005 10:39 pm (UTC)
Frankly, I could take a dump on a keyboard and end up with a browser better than IE.

I don't want my browser to treat me like a child.