Mozilla Firefox, From Darling to Enemy in One Release

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FirefoxWhat is wrong with everyone in Linux land bagging on Mozilla Firefox and their 5.0 release?

Complaints pretty much have one thing in common:  They claim there isn’t enough ‘new and shiny’ things inside FF5 to warrant a major version.  This is illogical thinking because major version means NOTHING when it comes to usability of software.  I’ve noticed that I can browse and use FF5 just as easily as I could FF4 and FF3 before it…I still type in URL’s and websites display.  My plugins all still work.  It starts up a bit faster and websites seem to load just a bit faster…which is good.  So why all the whining and complaining?

The silliest thing about this is that the same people complaining about Firefox 5 say that Chrome and IE are going to overtake it and that this is the beginning of the end for Mozilla and Firefox.  Poppycock!  Chrome and Chromium have been using Agile programming and the SAME EXACT METHODOLOGY BEHIND releases and version numbers that Firefox is doing now.  So where was the flack for Google and Chromium when they released often and incremented all the way up to version 10 and then version 12??

It is my opinion that the people shouting from the rooftops that Mozilla and Firefox are a sinking ship doomed to fail while using Chrome/Chromium in the background have no clue what Agile Programming (or in Google’s case, Agile-like programming) is or what it sets out to accomplish…and they’re showing how hypocritical they are.  If you’re one of these people, where were you when Chrome and Chromium was ratcheting up their version numbers without noticeable improvements and features?

Sad that Firefox and Mozilla, who championed one of the first fantastic browsers on Linux, has went from Linux Darling to Public Enemy Number One in a single release in some peoples eyes.  Hopefully, people will realize how silly it is and stop complaining?  Well, one can dream right?

Let’s look at the quality of the software when levelling complaints instead of being upset that the version number doesn’t jive with what we think it should.  Thus far, my experience with FF5 has been pretty darn fantastic.  Thanks go out to Mozilla…you’ve done a great iteration of software yet again.

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  • MH

    Thumbs up. FF5 is noticeably faster. A significant improvement.

    • istok

      what benchmarks showed you that it’s “faster”? and why is it eating up more ram than the entire rest of my system?
      firefox is garbage that we have to put up with. it’s a beached whale.

      • http://profiles.google.com/vascofalves Vasco Alves

        “and why is it eating up more ram than the entire rest of my system?”

        Probably because you’re running 500 add-ons.

        I didn’t run any benchmarks, but someone else did:

        http://digitizor.com/2011/06/21/firefox-5-benchmark/

  • Anonymous

    If a so called Linux user is saying Chrome or IE will surpass Firefox, then they ain’t no valid ‘Linux’ user at all and you should check their membership card carefully.

    Especially IE, yikes.

    • http://linux-blog.org devnet

      oh I’m not talking about them ‘using’ IE…just saying that everyone will leave FF and go to chrome/chromium and IE. I’m not that stupid…give me a break. :)

  • Anonymous

    finally a sane article!
    I completely agree with you :)

  • http://linuxblog.darkduck.com/ DarkDuck
    • http://linux-blog.org devnet

      It’s not a very good article in my opinion…it’s more loaded with preference than anything else. I myself don’t prefer Chrome at all…especially in Linux. On Arch Linux, chromium is VERY slow compared to Firefox 5…at least on my XFCE install. Using this logic as you did, I should do an article where I compare memory footprints of Chromium and Firefox and then trash chromium.

  • http://linuxblog.darkduck.com/ DarkDuck
  • Harry

    I don’t pay any attention to the whiners. I run FF, and it works GREAT on Linux Mint 11. I don’t use windows for anything but games, but I certainly would not use IE, under ANY circumstance.

  • http://www.securitronlinux.com John Cartwright

    I am still using Firefox 3.5.16 and it does everything I need, I have used Firefox 5 and 6 but I am happy enough with the version 3 release.

  • http://codedincantation.com/ psepheroth

    I’ve been a Firefox user previously.
    But now, I prefer Google Chrome.
    (by http://codedincantation.com/)

  • Lewulff

    First, version numbering has never been an exact science. Second, version numbers should have very little to do with the actual user interface. And third, version numbering has lately become more of a marketing tool.

    http://www.cogitationblog.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Stephen-Green/100001808911369 Stephen Green

    I’ve tried all the browsers out there, and you know what? the ‘Fox’ is still the best.. Problems can always crop up, but the size of  Firefox and the organization behind it can’t be beat. As a long time Linux user I’m here to tell you one big truth about computers and software that run them, things break. The difference is how quickly it get fixed. Just look at how many different operating systems can use Firefox..