Linked by Kroc Camen on Mon 9th Nov 2009 14:20 UTC
Editorial Hands up if you use Firefox. Have used it? Know about it? Heard of it? 'Sites up and down the World Wide Web today will be celebrating five years of Firefox. When I sat down to write this I worried about having to list the history of its features and landmark events and the news of the past five years. Other sites will be comprehensively doing that, there is nothing I can add to that list that Google can't surmise. Instead I will be telling you what Google does not know, my story of Firefox and what Firefox has meant to all of us.
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by vivainio on Mon 9th Nov 2009 20:49 UTC
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Wanted to single out this from the post:

When it is released, I get the feeling that I’ll be jumping ship. Frankly, I’m angry. I expect more out of Firefox.

I guess this is a somewhat typical, if subconscious, sentiment regarging firefox & chrome.

We all would want firefox to be this "successful" browser. The newcomers just didn't fight the battles Mozilla did, and are perhaps less "deserving" of the glory. The triumph of Chrome is a somewhat pyrhic victory, and using/advocating it just doesn't give you the same righteous satisfaction as using mozilla/ff did back in the day IE was still relevent. (Yes, a true geek *will* have moral undertones in their software preferences ;-).

Somewhat sadly, it seems it's Chromium that is bringing the engineering excellence to bear, and making the competition look silly. I suppose the one "moral" angle with Chromium is that the Linux versions seems to be a first-class citizen (it's even faster on X11 than on Windows, apparently). Yet, it loses on the account of "free web" extensions (noscript, greasemonkey, adblock, javascript version...), and just not being the community project FF is.

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