Previously, I wrote:
Seriously: the browser looks like
a big improvement from Firefox 2, but
there are so many niggles with
this download day idea...
In reply to
Open Sesame » Did you download Firefox 3?,
I answer "Yes".
It was a major upgrade for me, requiring new versions
of Cairo and GTK+2, and installation of DBus-GLib
on my GoboLinux
computer, which brought in new versions of Xorg and so
required a recompile of my
Once that was done, Firefox compiled unattended.
As noted by Adam Sampson in the
comments on my last post,
even after building from source, you still get all the
obnoxious click-through EULA and when you type about:config
into the address bar, you get a "no user-servicable parts"
sort of notice, which really sucks.
I notice that MozCorp don't call it "100% Open Source",
Firefox: 100% Organic Software
(because we need another marketing campaign for free software,
so I expect I need to winkle out
the restrictively-licensed parts again -
there's still demand for your good work!
After day 3 with Firefox 3, what do I think of it?
Well, it seems a lot faster and a lot less RAM-hungry,
and I'm quite impressed that all of the fancier bits of
seem to be working nicely
but while I'm not annoyed enough to switch browsers yet (unlike
FF3 and Safari - DrBacchus' Journal),
there are still a hell of a lot of niggles and interface bugs.
Some of the problems may have been introduced in Firefox 2,
but I didn't actually use that enough to notice.
My day-to-day browsing for the last year or so has been on
a customised Firefox 1.5.
The FF3 user interface has some big steps backwards from
particular, I've lost the "force pages that try to open new windows into the same window" option
(or whatever it was called... I can't find the FF1.5 manual
some keyboard shortcuts have changed - for no good reason
Alt-E n Alt-J, for example);
what on earth is the history drop down doing next to the
"Go Forward" arrow?;
the button to close a tab is on each tab, so I need to be
careful to miss it when trying to switch to a tab and
my pointer makes a pointless detour to the top-right when
I want to close a tab.
It's not all bad on the interface. The new RSS feed
and bookmark links in the location bar are much better
than in previous versions. The bookmark tagging and
auto-generated folders could be a great idea once I've
used it for a while.
I'm pretty annoyed that Firefox 3 seems to come with
some spyware enabled as default. I usually have cookies
either switched off or set to "ask me every time" so I
was surprised to be offered a cookie from
I know it's for a noble goal, but what's this doing
enabled without asking first? Untick
the "tell me if the site I'm visiting is ..." options in
Edit: Preferences: Security if you don't want details
of your browsing to be sent to the USA.
Another thing which really annoys me is that the
Firefox support site
Other than that, the main problems with Firefox 3
are omissions rather than bugs. For example,
Microformats [Alex Faaborg]
support was one of the long-trumpeted new features in Firefox 3,
but they're really not obviously included, as noted by others
in posts like
Firefox 3 is here - where's the microformats?
searching mozilla.com for firefox returns 0 hits, which is a bit strange...
are they ashamed of it?