Skip to comments.Firefox, bah humbug
Posted on 11/04/2004 3:56:42 PM PST by BigSkyFreeper
Commentary--Firefox has been getting a lot of press lately. Firefox is free software in the Stallman-sanctioned sense--released under a GPL license and built atop technology developed for the Mozilla project. Everybody LOVES Firefox. Not only is it a great browser, but it will make your teeth whiter and secure you a date with Carmen Electra.
Okay, perhaps I exaggerate, but on that note, I havent seen ANYONE criticize Firefox. To a certain extent, this is because it is the best alternative in a world dominated by Internet Explorer (cue Opera/Safari/Konqueror fans to go into a frothing rage). On the other hand, as I can personally attest, it is politically incorrect in the extreme to criticize anything stamped with the open source moniker.
In short, though Firefox is a good browser, political considerations have allowed it to escape some deserved criticism. Firefox supporters make some rather costly demands of Web sites, particularly given that it commands such a small, albeit growing, share of the browser marketplace. Recent feverish Firefox support pieces aside, I still think that ignoring IEs non-standard features will prove a large, and unnecessary, barrier to the success of the best alternative to Internet Explorer.
My Experience providing support for Firefox
As a certain square-jawed actor might have said had he been abducted by aliens and forced to write software, "the experience of one programmer doesnt amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world." Even so, for a browser that touts its support for HTML standards, I was surprised to find that it had difficulty with standard HTML.
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Unfortunately, each one does a completely different thing: you'll have to wade through 'em on your own, as I'd probably screw up the recommendation.
It crashed on me again tonight. Don't know why, but when it crashes, the tabs come back up like they were, at least on the same link.
Its stability may be a little overrated, but its way better than any alternative. I hope they upgrade it to fix the issues I've complained about and make it more stable.
dittos to the other responses to Acrobat. I have never had a problem with .pdf files.... ever.
Firefox is a huge PITA when trying to load certain webpages. Putting the National Weather Service radar into motion literally takes almost a minute, while in IE it was nearly instaneous.
I like Firefox it's a good browser and you don't need spywaare removers like you do with MS.
Crashes using Acrobat which makes it useless.
I'm no expert. Have you read the following info at http://plugindoc.mozdev.org/windows.html
It solved that problem for me.
All the while both IE (in Win XP) and FF use the same Java engine from Sun, and IE executes the Java applets faster.
Neither can you. Your still putting money into Gate's pocket even if you bought a computer with Windows already on it, despite the fact you may think your getting a free copy, which you're not. That's why computers cost as much as they do.
The look of FF reminds me of Netscape 2.0. You're right, it is like stepping into a time warp.
Not as fast as this one though:
... on (1), load the desired multiple tabs in your FF browser ... then "Bookmark This Page" (on any one of them) and check "bookmark all tabs in folder" ... that's all ... on (2) .. go to "Tools/Options", takes just a few seconds to permit the page/control you're looking at ..
... I'm a management consultant, am on the net alot ... had been using IE since 1996 until July, tried Opera, Mozilla then Firefox 1.0 ... rough advantages over IE (Imp = relative importance to me):
Update aggravation ...........24......5.....100
Virus attacks ................18......60.....99
Spyware attacks ..............23......30.....99
Download speed (dialup)........5......40.....95
Popup, ad blocking............20......20.....95
Other stuff (lots of it)......10......0......90
... have had zero problems with virus or Spyware since July (had many before), have done no updates of any kind ... have not needed IE at all since I figured out (2) above ...
That's why I build my own computers. I haven't bought a copy of Windows since Win98SE. And I haven't used Windows (on my own network...I've used everything up to 2003 on other people's machines) since then.
And I'm well aware that Windows isn't "free" with a new computer. The cost is just buried.
And I don't give money to Mr. Bill, so I build 'em myself.
And neither is anyone (especially the developers) obligated to care about your problems if you've taken their work and returned nothing.
Community supported software works because the community contributes back money, fixes and bug reports. If you won't be a part of the solution, no one cares that you have a problem.
It's up to you, whether you contribute and work with the developers. No one is going to make you. No one is going to tell you that you can't use the software.
But no one is obligated to help you either.
I never read that in the GPL.
The GPL is a minimum set of legal requirements that basically says:
If you use this code as a basis for your own project, any changes you make MUST be returned. If you just want to use it, you don't HAVE to do anything.
It also states that the code is without any warranty. If it breaks you get to keep both pieces.
So all the complaining is for nothing.
Now, if you want support, if you want something more than what the developers have already given you for free, that's a different issue, a different negotiation.
You want something? Give something.
Notepad+ is a pretty good text editor. It can open larger files than the Windows based Notepad, and even has HTML tags and color coding built right in. :)
There is one site I have found that will not load on it due to incompatibility. I will only use IE now for the rare page the needs IE to open.
I am stll exploring and finding goodies in Foxfire that I like better than IE.