Mozilla Firefox and Mozilla Thunderbird Released

Wednesday November 8th, 2006

Security and Stability updates for Mozilla products based on the Gecko 1.8 branch have been released.

Firefox 1.5.0.x will be maintained with security and stability updates until April 2007. All users are strongly encouraged to upgrade to Firefox 2.

For more information, refer to the Mozilla Firefox Release Notes and the Mozilla Thunderbird release notes.

#7 Happy with Firefox 1.5

by ajpaterson

Friday November 10th, 2006 6:25 AM

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If I remember correctly, the original idea of Firefox (back when it was codenamed Phoenix) was to create a lean, mean, minimal browser that would cover the basic functionality without all of the "clutter" that came with nearly all browsers available at that time. It had a powerful extension mechanism so that, if someone wanted additional functionality that was not in the basic browser, they could add it without forcing that function on everyone else using Firefox. Everyone could have their own browser with the functions that they wanted but without a load of functionality that they didn't want or need. Great!

Unfortunately, I get the impression that more and more of the functionality previously available as extensions is being incorporated directly into the browser so I get it whether I want it or not. I upgraded to FF1.5 because I considered the additional functionality over FF1.0 to be important enough to persuade me to upgrade but I found that FF1.5 was slower than its predecessor on all of the different machines that I installed it on. With FF2.0, I see very little that makes me want to upgrade. In fact, there are a few (admittedly small) things in 2.0 that I consider to be a retrograde step. (Personally, I feel that it would have been better to keep the some of the new functionality as extensions but offer them on installation in a similar way to the DOM Inspector.)

Please don't get me wrong - I think that the developers have done a fantastic job and I use Firefox for all my browsing at home and at work (I only use IE for Windows Update). It is just that I am happy with FF1.5 for now so please do not force me to upgrade to FF2.0 until either I am happy to do so or FF1.5 becomes unmaintainable.