[thelist] FireFox 3

Gersten, John JGERSTEN at lchb.com
Wed Jun 18 11:47:21 CDT 2008

A beta version was included in Ubuntu distributions from mid-Spring onward and I encountered it there. Have to agree with Joel -- there wasn't a thing about any of the new bells and whistles that appealed to me, and none of the extensions on which I'm come to rely in FF2 were available (though that will likely change over time). The obtrusive presence of the "hyper" bar (the address bar on steroids Joel mentions) made me crazy. After about a week, I jumped through a few hoops to get rid of FF3 and replace it with FF2 and all my beloved extensions.

For what it's worth, you can turn off the hyper bar and have the address bar act as it did in FF2 and earlier. But the almost total lack of extension support was the deal-breaker. YMMV, of course, and I do applaud them for pushing the browser forward, even if I disagree with some of their particular choices.

And all that said, I had to work most of one day last week on a colleague's computer that only had IE6 available. Boy, did that experience make me appreciate *any* flavor of Firefox <g>.

-----Original Message-----
From: thelist-bounces at lists.evolt.org on behalf of Joel D Canfield
Sent: Wed 6/18/08 9:22
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Subject: [thelist] FireFox 3
Just installed it. Instantly regretted it.

Virtually none of the addons/plugins work (not unusual, just
irritating.) Plus, it overwrote my old version without asking or
telling. (Was that the default before? I don't remember.) Yes, I could
have been more careful. With FireFox, I didn't expect to have to cover
my backside.

Some of the default behaviours are incredibly annoying. I start typing
my own web address in the address bar, and instead of going to the
history and matching me letter by letter, it does some random search as
if it as suddenly become smarter than me.

Overall look and feel fairly screams "Look! We're turning into Internet
Explorer!" I do not want to re-learn the browser from scratch after I've
spent two years customizing it to behave exactly as I wanted it to.

I hate it. I don't know how I can hate FireFox, but I do.

Joel D Canfield
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