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Authored by: escoles on Jan 25, '05 09:36:02AM

At one level, I hate Firefox. I hate it because of what it's done to Mozilla, which is much more stable, uses no more RAM, and doesn't need extensions like TabBrowserPreferences or TabBrowserExtensions to actually let you load your tabs in the background or trap middle-clicks. On my Windows system, Firefox (1.0 final) crashes frequently and fails to exit properly about two times out of five. By version 1.4 (about two years ago, now), Mozilla crashed only under really unusual circumstances (like, on a WinME system that had been running for a week or so).

But I use Firefox, because there are tools I've gotten accustomed to using. Which is also the source of its problems, I think: Firefox is where the cool kids like to play, and the cool kids just aren't down with boring stuff like debugging and refinement. They'd rather climb mountains than till the soil, to put it in zen terms. So by using Firefox for the features, I'm tacitly contributing to the problem I decry...

Safari is nice and crisp, but I find it to be anemic in features by comparison with Mozilla and Firefox; and I'm frankly a bit disappointed in how it compares to Konqueror. OTOH, some of those high-end Konqueror-style features would probably be confusing to unsophisticated users. BTW, Firefox does support right-click -- just not middle-click. If it didn't support right-click, I'd be outta there so fast....

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Oh, you just had to make my day, didn't you?
Authored by: JimMueller on Jan 25, '05 04:42:22PM

I actually find the opposite to be true between Mozilla and Firefox.
My wife & I have identical PowerBooks. She used Mozilla (legacy bank compatability and inertia) and I've been using Firefox since it was Phoenix. At least once a night she curses Mozilla out, has to purge her cache and quit. I often have Firefox open for weeks with a half-dozen multi-tabbed windows and no problems.

I was never fond of Netscape Communicator's everything-plus-the-kitchen-sink school of feature design, and Mozilla simply carries that on. It was ages before I found the trick to make Mozilla open her default email application instead of trying to force her to use its own.



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