Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 18th Sep 2009 18:34 UTC
Mac OS X There are several things which take quite some getting used to when switching from any platform to the Mac. There are things like the universal menubar, the dock, Expose, and many more. One of the things that often leads to confusion for new users is the installation process for applications. Mozilla developer Alexander Limi talks about the problems Mozilla runs into when it comes to Firefox' installation process on the Mac, and a possible solution. Update: A possible solution?
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RE: Comment by sonic2000gr
by tyrione on Fri 18th Sep 2009 19:51 UTC in reply to "Comment by sonic2000gr"
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However, this is all just a smoke screen from Mozilla.

The true crux of their complaint resides here:

The final installation flow should look like this:
Start the Firefox download.
When the download is complete, the disk image will mount automatically (if they were using Safari), and the Firefox installer runs.
The install procedure continues similar to how it happens on Windows.
As the last step of the process, the installer lets you set Firefox as the default browser, and start the application immediately. We have seen users forget that they just installed Firefox if you don’t let them start it at the end of the process, and make that the default choice.

In short, they want Firefox to take charge of the Web Experience automagically.

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Same as we do on any other platform
by limi on Fri 18th Sep 2009 20:09 in reply to "RE: Comment by sonic2000gr"
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That's an unfair assessment of what I wrote. It says "lets", not "will".

We will never just silently set the browser — in fact, we have that as one of our core principles.

What that paragraph means is that we'll give you an option to set your default browser.

As for the sentence you highlighted, that's a different problem — if you don't start the application, some people forget that they downloaded it in the first place.

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