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Re: Firefox 1 and 1.5 (was: site critique please)

__/ [John Bokma] on Saturday 11 February 2006 18:45 \__

> Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> __/ [John Bokma] on Saturday 11 February 2006 01:58 \__
>>> Firefox
>> I keep postponing that daunting day of the upgrade. Too much
>> functionality is unsupported.
> Like?

Typo above corrected. *embarrassed* I ought to proofread properly, but I lack
the self drive.

First of all, the Firefox installation directory contains a few settings like
search buttons, which I could easily throw away. The interesting stuff is
happening in the profile directory, which I carefully back up (needed
restoration whenever I tried the alphas and betas).

First of all, the Firefox theme which I created is /not/ compatible with 1.5
and I have no intentions of modifying it further, despite the fact that it
was downloaded/installed by a few hundreds. When I decided to created it
(assembly of widgets) there was virtually no OSX lookalike (exception:
Mac-only theme from Ran Arrousi) and not there are plenty available these
days. If I can't use my own theme, it's virtually dead.

That aside, I have about 14 extensions and some of them did not work with 1.5
the last time I tried (beta 2, I think). Trying to chase the latest of all
plug-ins or adapt to changes is a chore I am not prepared for, yet. The
gains seem too small to justify that, too.

The same arguments apply to Thunderbird, which I have not upgraded to 1.5
yet. I took a very careful look (/looks/ even) at what 1.5 has to offer and
nothing which is listed is either of interest or is not currently available
to owing to extensions.


I might as well use this as an opportunity to recommend Thunderbird to you.
It does to your mail what Firefox does to browsing. Take my word for it.

>> Backward compatibility is somewhat
>> lacking. The half-baked Deer Park put me off too (twice).
> Fair enough, yeah, I used the 1.5 beta 1 (or 2) and indeed it was the first
> time I was sorry for trying out Firefox instead of waiting.

It wasn't just me then... *smile*

I ran away with my (invisible) tail between my legs and found harbour in

> I use 1.5.x.x since it's release, and I haven't encountered problems so
> far. The update to went extremely smooth on one computer, and
> failed on an other (it had to fall back to the complete download), but the
> installation went ok automatically afterward. One keeps wondering why such
> a thing wasn't there in the very beginning.

I think I'll give Firefox 1.5 a try. I'll see what it has to offer first,
other than support for the latest and greatest extensions...



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