All good Firefox things coming to an end? Is Firefox following the Netscape browser path of mass revolt?
In 2004, I fell in love with a new web browser by the name of Firefox.
I wasn't alone. It was a communal love affair -- along with tens of millions of other web users around the world. Open source browser Firefox jumped out of the gate with a record number of new user downloads when it first launched more than 2 years ago as part of the Mozilla Project. Fans cheered that finally there was an adaptable alternative to the awful Microsoft Internet Explorer, especially on the Mac side of things.
Browsing life was good, sweet...and NEVER froze.
It's sad for me to report publically that love affair is in trouble. I feel neglected. Forced to endure bad behavior. And I have to wait and wait and wait, never knowing if I'll ever get through.
It all changed starting last December when the latest version (1.5) was released. Upgrade? No way. It literally chokes your free space memory needlessly. The thinking wheel whirls endlessly. The blogs and tech forums have been screaming mad at Firefox to fix the problems. So far, nada. Bupkiss. No fix. ZDnet.com asked in February "Is Firefox dropping the ball, like Netscape in '97?". The way things are going, it looks like it is possible. Will a resurrected IE7 be embraced when it is launched later this year? As much as I have loved Firefox (until this botched 1.5 release), I have to admit I will be checking it out.
Web browsers completely live and die by the "what have you done for me lately" rule. Netscape died almost ten years ago because it choked the living memory of operating systems and froze...just as Firefox is now doing. It may end my love affair. I may have to say bye bye to Firefox.
And so will millions of others..
Can it be fixed? There still is time...but it -- and the patience of Firefox fans -- is running out fast.
posted by Chris Kennedy @ Sunday, April 09, 2006,
- At 7:35 PM, said...
OPERA > *