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Windows 7: Firefox, Recipe for Failure?

22 Jun 2011   #1
Win7User512

Windows 7 x64 / Same
 
 
Firefox, Recipe for Failure?

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Firefox 5 was launched as planned and on schedule this week--and also marked the "end of life" for support of Firefox 4. Mozilla's rapid release schedule, and the strategy to essentially make each new release a requirement to continue support paint Firefox into a corner where only loyal hobbyists can reliably use the browser.
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22 Jun 2011   #2
Maguscreed

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Windows 7 x64
 
 

I disagree, I see people doing back flips for their favorite browser all the time. Regardless of whether it be FF, Chrome, Safari, Opera, whatever.

So long as It remains free and the updates easy to apply I don't think it will be a huge deal. Plug-in support does need to catch up though. At the very least they could stop auto disabling plug-ins for no reason I actually had to get an add-on that kept my plugins from deactivating when I updated. ...and despite FF's statements to the contrary they all worked just fine.
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22 Jun 2011   #3
Gornot

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

What about developers which extensions you use every day? "End of support" is end of support, they are literally forced to constantly keep up with the Firefox team in order for their extensions to stay compatible and be downloaded by end users... You.

What happens when many of extensions you may use every day simply stop working (I'm not just talking about compatibility and "cheating" to get incompatible extensions to work with newest versions of Firefox; I'm not even sure that's all it takes for an extension to continue working) while other popular browsers continue building new versions and additions while still (very easily, I assume) allowing extensions/apps/accelerators etc. to continue working altogether? Will you still stick with Firefox?

I surely as hell didn't.
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22 Jun 2011   #4
Maguscreed

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I'm stuck with it at this point it would take me months to set up everything the way I like it on another browser ...there's also that problem me and chrome have the one where neither one of us seems to function properly when the other is around...

If you want to move on feel free. I'll pop open i.e. if I have to for a compatibility issue. Though it's much more likely I'll just find another way to do what I need to do.
Just for reference though last update they disabled all my extras saying they were not compatible anymore. I used a tool re-enabled them all, out of roughly 70 plugins addons and themes. 1 didn't work right. I think they just red-flag everything every time a new version comes out, and I will agree it's lazy on their part because they obviously aren't testing them.
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22 Jun 2011   #5
xarden

Windows 7 Enterprise
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Gornot View Post
What about developers which extensions you use every day? "End of support" is end of support, they are literally forced to constantly keep up with the Firefox team in order for their extensions to stay compatible and be downloaded by end users... You.

What happens when many of extensions you may use every day simply stop working (I'm not just talking about compatibility and "cheating" to get incompatible extensions to work with newest versions of Firefox; I'm not even sure that's all it takes for an extension to continue working) while other popular browsers continue building new versions and additions while still (very easily, I assume) allowing extensions/apps/accelerators etc. to continue working altogether? Will you still stick with Firefox?

I surely as hell didn't.
I do hope developers keep up with the game.

It surely as hell will keep my job easier, than having to consistently try and configure 'browser x' to work with 'website v' and 'plugin w'. The latter two which are archaic and built for 'browser h' many years ago, but is still a requirement for certain departments.
We as a university need to keep up with technology, which means I have to include all the latest stable software in my images.
If the vendors can't play catch up, then looks like we'll have to find alternative options because I really dont want to have to write up more patches and workarounds for broken software.

Unless what you're saying is that 'browser x' needs to be backwards compatible with prior versions? Sure, I'l agree to that. But not if it sacrifices security.
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22 Jun 2011   #6
Maguscreed

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by xarden View Post
I'l agree to that. But not if it sacrifices security.
I would guess that would have to be their defense being as how I said above I've been using dozens of (incompatible) plugins for quite some time now.
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22 Jun 2011   #7
Wallonn7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

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22 Jun 2011   #8
mr pc

Windows 7
 
 

uh - I just got an update for 3.6.17 to 3.6.18 and some add-on updates. I am still using my 3.6 regularly but do have 5.0 on another profile.

is 3.6.18 not legit?

am I playing with fire....fox that is

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22 Jun 2011   #9
Maguscreed

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

lol for some reason my old xp laptop is still running that version
never updated any higher and I never bothered to change it since I hardly use that old laptop.
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23 Jun 2011   #10
KazeNoKoe23

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1
 
 

I don't really care what the build number is so long as it still works.
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