The race to review Firefox 3 has begun. My TouchStone for News, LXer; doesn't go through half a cycle without someone posting a review of the newest Firefox. That's a good thing. Now, things for us have changed here in the past year. I can no longer test distros, applications and hardware the way we used to. Our "fire mission" now is to make sure disadvantaged kids who don't have computers and/or Internet access get them. You may have also heard that we have launched a first-of-a-kind business where we actually install Linux on home and business machines, then teach them how to use it.
No...beta testing has slid pretty far down the ladder of priorities for us here. However it's good to read the progress of these apps and distros...they are our bread and butter.
Unfortunately, some of the bread is getting moldy and someone left the butter out to spoil.
This last bunch of complaints came in a wave. We received 8 calls in two hours about the same thing. At first, I began looking for a correlation for this phenomenon. It was simply odd that so many calls would come in concerning one thing. Then it tapered off to about 4 calls a day, and they have been coming in steadily for the last week.
Firefox is broken.
It's been broken for a long time.
And from the reports I've been reading, it's not getting fixed in Firefox 3.
What seems to be with random abandon, Firefox is crashing and it's crashing on the same web pages, with or without extensions and it begins doing it after about the third distro update. I've reproduced this problem on hardware ranging from a brand new HP to my old Frankenputer blunderbuss. One of the biggest annoyances is that one of my favorite websites, Zareason.com crashes 100 out of 100 times....and I mean with a quickness it crashes. Being one that needs to keep an eye on their offerings several times a week, I've learned just to sigh and click on Konqueror to go to Zareason.
That is really without excuse. Konqueror, after using Firefox, is...well...I don't want to knock Konq, but it just doesn't give the active Internet user the features they may need for heavy and sustained browsing. You think not? Check into your Gmail account and tell me what it says right across the top. Here, let me paraphrase it for you.
"Use a real browser if you want to see all of this site."
I don't want to hear about the new features you've managed to invent for Firefox...I don't care how well it manages memory now. I could care less about the new and improved search bar.
None of these things mean a friggin' thing to any of us if the damn browser won't stay open long enough to research the problem.
And please...bug reports are dutifully submitted. Mine is laying on top of the 7 thousand of them already filed in the month of March.
Today is only the 12th. It would seem others might have noticed the same problems.
I'm not here to ask anyone to fix this...surely I am not about to ask Mozilla to do it...I really wouldn't want to bother them with such trivial matters. After all, these problems don't occur in the Windows edition anywhere to the degree they exist on the Linux side so far be it from me to bother the fine folks at Mozilla about this any more.
A quick google of this shows the problem specific to my sniveling to be wide-spread and frustrating to thousands. To be fair, and I normally don't give a rat's rectum about fairness, the problem isn't just Firefox but seemingly any Gecko-powered browser. See the attached screenshot for the smoking gun.
Ah...I hear The Mantra and throw my thanks skyward for it being true. Linux is about choice...
Luckily, one of those choices is Opera.
The other is to stop the second HeliOS Solutions annual donation to Mozilla until this is fixed.
Give us a fixed product...last year's check seemed to clear the Mozilla bank account quickly enough...I guess it wasn't used for R&D....maybe by FireFox 4 we can have a stable browser.
A memo is going out to all HeliOS Solutions affiliates in the morning. Firefox is no longer to be used on our installs until this problem is fixed. Sure Opera is closed source...like I care right now? Give me a browser that works at least as well as IE at least half the time and as Arnold says...
I'll be back.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
blather and mumbling provided by Ken Starks at 4:43 PM