Firefox 8 is faster. Menu items are snappier and it starts cold in fraction of the time as 7.
With that said, I stopped relying on Firefox for the main browsing experience after version 5 simply because of broken extensions and I was/am unsure of where they’re headed in the name of the user.
As an example:
“All your menu items are now found in a single button for easy access”
Condensing a handful of menus into one is easier to use and navigate! .. Or is it?
Working in the web field, I still use Firefox regularly and let it continue on with its rapid release cycle. However with each release, one of the extensions that I rely on breaks. Each release cripples Firefox in such a way that its importance to me fumbles down a rung. Chrome extensions have NEVER broke for me. I have my own issues with Google but that’s another story.
On the one hand the rapid release cycle makes perfect sense: get updated software to users faster. Update in the background so as not to annoy said users. Make version numbers obsolete; you’re running the latest or you’re not.
On the other foot, it annoys me to no end. I don’t want software to auto-update, it’s creepy, it breaks shit all the time - shit I need to do my work. The major version number bumps seem only to be a browser-arms race with Chrome.
It’s just a number. If you’re innovative you won’t care what others are doing. Could a few of these major releases simply been point releases? There was nothing in 6 that indicated a major step forward to me. My wife is still using it only because an extension she uses frequently won’t work beyond that release.
Maybe I’m just sentimental and miss the days when a new version meant shiny new toys to play with. These days, I cringe when Firefox wants to update. Rapidly developed software tends to introduce more bugs if only because the developers are sloppily rushing to meet the roadmap. Note: this is a general statement based on my own experience and not directed at the Firefox developers in particular.
Sure, Firefox is free and I don’t have to use it. So I don’t. I don’t “Spread Firefox” any more either.
And the big question: why do I write about Firefox if it bugs me so much? Because I care and have used it for a long time, probably longer than you.
PS. Why is removing the status bar wrong? Because I need to move my mouse to the top of the window to move the window. You’ve now taken functionality away from me. Monitors are bigger than ever yet everyone seems to think that stripping the UI is a good thing.