Why Updating to Firefox 5 is Pointless

There should be an image here!If there was ever a browser falling into perpetual catchup mode, it would have to be Firefox. It’s a title once held by the mighty Internet Explorer that, for the most part, was trash until v8 and then later on, v9 of the browser was released. During the course of that shift, we also begun to see Chrome coming up very quickly as a competitor to the open source browser. Today, Firefox is fading and it doesn’t look like this is going to be changing any time soon.

To be ultimately fair, things change. So the once powerful mover and shaker from the open source movement isn’t quite in the same standing it once was. This doesn’t mean it’s time to switch, does it? I say yes. Firefox is becoming the next Opera browser. Its developers come up with neat ideas, but they’re often a dollar short and a day late. When browsers like IE9 already have a feature like pinned Web sites to the taskbar first, Firefox 5 offering the same just loses its juice.

Trying too hard to pull a Microsoft

It’s frustrating to watch the mighty Mozilla simply spend most of its updates and changes trying to feel more like Chrome or IE9. Even the new tab layout and home button are completely out of place. The improvements offered are weak, too few, and far between. Not only that, it offers me — as a new Chrome user — zero reason to bother coming home to my Mozilla browser. What’s the point?

Compel me to care, not to fall asleep

At the end of the day, privacy concerns with Chrome aside, most people want a reliable experience that is updated with improvements more often than what Mozilla provides. Worse, Mozilla is losing its own way by creating issues for users of toolbars that worked in previous Firefox releases, only to fail now. Awesome job, guys — way to maintain a market share! Oh wait, that’s right: you’re experiencing a “fail whale” there as well!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000888443876 James Jordan Whitworth

    Firefox is awesome

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000888443876 James Jordan Whitworth

    Firefox is awesome

  • http://twitter.com/MattDanczak Matthew Danczak

    ff4 kept crashing everytime I’d boot up my macbook…it’d take at least five “report the issue”s before I could launch the app…and I don’t wanna switch to chrome cos I have a lot of cool add-ons (and themes) I wanna keep

    • http://twitter.com/Teddey305 Freddy Mayo

      Most likely you’ll find those add ons for chrome, and the themes, maybe so maybe not.

      • http://sunnyis.me/ Sunny Singh

        Some add-ons that were ported to Chrome aren’t as powerful, and Firefox still has more add-ons.

  • http://twitter.com/MattDanczak Matthew Danczak

    ff4 kept crashing everytime I’d boot up my macbook…it’d take at least five “report the issue”s before I could launch the app…and I don’t wanna switch to chrome cos I have a lot of cool add-ons (and themes) I wanna keep

    • http://twitter.com/Teddey305 Freddy Mayo

      Most likely you’ll find those add ons for chrome, and the themes, maybe so maybe not.

      • http://sunnyis.me/ Sunny Singh

        Some add-ons that were ported to Chrome aren’t as powerful, and Firefox still has more add-ons.

  • http://www.jumpstartmypc.com/ Chris | JumpstartMyPC.com

    I’m still a big fan of Firefox and use it regularly. I admit that it does have some issues (crashes on me frequently), but switching to Chrome was never really an attractive idea. Didn’t see greener grass on the other side of that fence.

  • http://www.jumpstartmypc.com/ Chris | JumpstartMyPC.com

    I’m still a big fan of Firefox and use it regularly. I admit that it does have some issues (crashes on me frequently), but switching to Chrome was never really an attractive idea. Didn’t see greener grass on the other side of that fence.

  • http://about.me/stevenhibbs Steven Hibbs

    I never thought I’d leave Firefox but I did. About a year and a half ago I switched to Chrome and I’ll never look back.

  • Steven Hibbs

    I never thought I’d leave Firefox but I did. About a year and a half ago I switched to Chrome and I’ll never look back.

  • http://sunnyis.me/ Sunny Singh

    I feel like this is just a huge hate post on Firefox 4+.

    All browsers look similar now, but I like that. They look modern. I still find Firefox looking the sexiest though, and I try Chrome and even Opera when I can but I still go back to Firefox for the UI, features, and add-ons.

    I’m also a web developer, and the add-ons provided in Firefox such as Firebug still can’t be matched by other browsers. I tried the native developer tools in Chrome, but they still have a lot of work to do imho.

    I’ll admit that I’m not happy by how major updates don’t include big changes anymore, but I think we should just all get over it. Mozilla is still a great organization, and I trust that they know what they’re doing.

    • Ernesto Karim Oltra

      I have to admit Firebug is a powerful tool, but have you REALLY explore all the features chrome dev tools offers? Personally I think google beats firebug.

      • http://sunnyis.me/ Sunny Singh

        What it comes down to in the end is what you’re most efficient with. Perhaps I’m just used to Firebug, but it also seems to open faster for me and makes more sense (tabs vs. accordion). I also like how the console shows XHR requests, in Chrome this is really annoying to find. Firebug also shows this in the Net tab along with other data.

        Just overall I think that Firebug is a better experience, but again it’s whatever you’re willing to work with and are most efficient with.

  • http://sunnyis.me/ Sunny Singh

    I feel like this is just a huge hate post on Firefox 4+.

    All browsers look similar now, but I like that. They look modern. I still find Firefox looking the sexiest though, and I try Chrome and even Opera when I can but I still go back to Firefox for the UI, features, and add-ons.

    I’m also a web developer, and the add-ons provided in Firefox such as Firebug still can’t be matched by other browsers. I tried the native developer tools in Chrome, but they still have a lot of work to do imho.

    I’ll admit that I’m not happy by how major updates don’t include big changes anymore, but I think we should just all get over it. Mozilla is still a great organization, and I trust that they know what they’re doing.

  • Bernard Hoffmann

    There’s nothing wrong with FF per se. Tried Chromium several times and just like Opera, which I ran for years since Opera 3 on and off, never felt at home there. The wealth of extensions in FF and the fact that I feel font rendering is much better plus the “I’m used to it” make me stay.
    If they really overdo it on the rapid release front I’ll just switch back to Seamonkey, the suite I used in 2002/2003 (ex Mozilla/Netscape Communicator).

  • Bernard Hoffmann

    There’s nothing wrong with FF per se. Tried Chromium several times and just like Opera, which I ran for years since Opera 3 on and off, never felt at home there. The wealth of extensions in FF and the fact that I feel font rendering is much better plus the “I’m used to it” make me stay.
    If they really overdo it on the rapid release front I’ll just switch back to Seamonkey, the suite I used in 2002/2003 (ex Mozilla/Netscape Communicator).

  • http://sunnyis.me/ Sunny Singh

    What it comes down to in the end is what you’re most efficient with. Perhaps I’m just used to Firebug, but it also seems to open faster for me and makes more sense (tabs vs. accordion). I also like how the console shows XHR requests, in Chrome this is really annoying to find. Firebug also shows this in the Net tab along with other data.

    Just overall I think that Firebug is a better experience, but again it’s whatever you’re willing to work with and are most efficient with.

  • http://twitter.com/no_substitute Kim Nilsson

    I’ll stick with FF! Nothing else has the wealth of addons/extentions that I use constantly every day.

  • http://twitter.com/no_substitute Kim Nilsson

    I’ll stick with FF! Nothing else has the wealth of addons/extentions that I use constantly every day.