Jan 152011

Firefox 4 beta 9 was released and I had to try it. It’s not in freebsd ports yet so I tried it under wine.. I tried it and it seems to be much, much faster than 3.6.x

The speed improvement is very nice and long over due.. but the GUI?  Why in the world would they get rid of the status bar?  I depend on that to see where a link may be leading me to.  It seems like it tries to show that information in the URL bar but that’s far to short to display anything useful with my large text.  Also some of the extensions I use make use of the status bar to display information.

It seems like they are trying to copy Chrome with their GUI and I think chrome’s GUI is terrible.  The lack of extensions that I use regularly and awful GUI are what keep me from using Chrome anyways since it seems much faster than Firefox is.  Hopefully they give us an option to have a status bar.

Jul 022008

I’ve been using Firefox 3 since the beta versions and have been really pleased with it. It seems to be much much faster than Firefox 2 was with sites loading pretty much instantly. It seems to be a little easier on memory and a lot easier on the CPU for me on FreeBSD.

I really haven’t experienced firefox slowing down to a crawl after opening a bunch of tabs like I did in previous versions. It used to happen with few certain sites that seemed to use a lot of java script. I would get the occasional crash on those sites and have experienced exactly zero crashes so far on the release version of FF3.

I like the new location bar a lot. It took a little getting used to because it worked a bit different than I had grown accustomed to but now I don’t think I could go back to the old way of doing things. It just makes more sense to search the way it does now.

I’m really thankful for those people who work on all of this great open source software out there. They do a great job with it.