I have been using Firefox since it was called Phoenix (version 0.5). I’ve witnessed all the effort that has been put into making this web browser a success. It is still the only web browser I can fully trust. Suddenly, earlier this year, the Mozilla Foundation decided to change the release strategy of the project for obvious marketing reasons and release several major versions within a short period of time. It was inevitable that such a change of release cycles would introduce numerous incompatibility issues with the available extensions. Such problems should have been solved before switching release strategies.
Today I happened to browse the tech section of Digg and stumbled upon this news item about the release of Firefox 7. Some of the comments pretty much summarize my feelings about the new release strategy:
- Wtf I just installed 6….
- I just installed 5.
- Once the version number is up to 50 in a short amount of time, it will become a joke, and future releases will be ignored.
- Firefox is killing themselves is what they’re doing. People use Firefox for the plugins, every new version installation kills all plugins. After I install this, there’s technically no reason for me to use Firefox over Chrome anymore. Why doesn’t Mozilla understand this???
- Pro tip: People aren’t switching from Firefox to Chrome because it’s got a “better” version number, guys.
I would add that it is not necessary to go through all the numbers from 5 to 14 to catch up with Chrome in terms of major version numbers. These could be just skipped and go straight to 14!
PS: The Firefox extension of a software I had paid for had stopped working since the FF3 -> FF4 upgrade. A workaround was released by the company for FF4, but as soon as FF5 came out it stopped working again. I’ll be straight. I’d rather use Internet Explorer or Chrome or Opera instead of asking the company for a workaround every time the Mozilla folks roll out a new major release of Firefox.
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