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Mozilla Firefox and the middle mouse button
Authored by: TheSpoonman on Apr 05, '05 03:56:23PM

It is a problem with Firefox, as they're using old APIs and thus not taking full advantage of the new system. Regardless of that, why should I have to pay $20 for a piece of software to fix a deficiency in a piece of FREE software?

But, since I did try USB Overdrive, I'll give my opinion: it didn't work for me. Yes, it enabled middle-clicking a link to open in a new tab, but for some reason, middle-clicking a tab did not close it. So, I can open new tabs like I can on every other OS, but I can't close them. To close them I have to double-click. Yeah, it's not a real hassle until I'm trying to work on one of my other machines and that doesn't work. Then, I get frustrated at my poor little Mac which is 25 miles away at home.

In the end, I just bought a really cheap Logitech USB mouse at Staples. I have the same middle-click on tab issue I did with USB Overdrive, but at least I got a new mouse and it was $10 cheaper.

The main problem with your logic is it prolongs the real fix. This problem has existed in Firefox for well over a year. Since the F/OSS community claims they're faster at fixing bugs than proprietary vendors, this is an unacceptable situation. And, let's keep in mind, this isn't a minor bug like IE's inability to view transparent PNGs, this one is a showstopper on the Mac. Until I buckled down and bought the mouse, I came within inches of saying "screw it" and using Opera on all my machines.

I'm glad to see from other posters though that the Mozilla tem finally got off their high horses and allowed a "klugey fix" that fixes the problem rather than whining that they don't want to do that and will eventually get to it.

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