Tag: Browser Wars

Firefox is Going Down the Tubes

Portfolioso June 16, 2010 3 Comments Computer/ Tech Related , ,

Oh Firefox, how you disappoint thee. It was once the perfect, most amazing browser. But the browser war taken a vast toll on you. At the turn of the decade, I wrote a detailed post explaining why I was disappointed with Firefox.  I still use Firefox as my main browser, but why? It’s clear that Safari and Chrome support better HTML5 and CSS3 standards. Now IE9 (GASP) and Opera are catching up. Opera?! What a joke. Not really. I just saw a new beta screenshot and specs for Opera and it was the reason for this ramble.

Let me tell you something: Firefox 4 better be amazing when it’s released by the end of the year, because Firefox 3.6 quickly turning into the worst browser out of the major HTML5/CSS3 enabled ones. (IE is automatically excluded). Not only is Javascript speed abysmal, but it’s GUI is clunky.

I always frowned upon Opera because it seemed like a waste to compete with Firefox. Its old version looked like a mess. But now, that looks similar to Firefox 3.6. Once Google Chrome came out with its simplistic UI and fast JS engine, I was impressed. Now it looks like Opera has added HTML5 goodies, speed and a sweet new UI that shares a resemblance with Google Chrome.

Unless Firefox 4 looks like this (which I assure you it doesn’t based on the nightly releases), and they fix their horrid javascript performance (compared with Safari, Chrome and now Opera), they have zero bragging rights.

Unless you’re using IE, you’re still fine by me, but Mozilla really is going to the birds right now. It’s kind of disappointing how these newcomers just run away with performance and features, and something that I’ve been using since 2004, that has always been the leader, is fading.

I’m expecting Firefox 4 to be a quality release that is competitive with Google Chrome and any other new browser still in development. God forbid IE9 outperforms Firefox – I’ll kill 4 kittens.

PS – this is random, but there’s just something about Safari that pisses me off. I don’t know why. Maybe I just hate Apple.

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