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    Did the firefox developers forget why they started firefox?

    I installed Opera today. It may be closed source, but it's a breath of fresh air - fast, snappy, simple. Innovative features (speed dial, notes) and a clean, minimal UI. In general it just works and is a lovely UI experience.

    Firefox... what happened to you? Consuming gross amounts of memory, slower and slower as releases go by. You were supposed to be a slim browser usurping Mozilla by virtue of simplicity, shedding the feature creep and lack of engineering that had convoluted the Mozilla suite. Now you have become the very thing you were created to kill: a bloated browser.
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    Re: Did the firefox developers forget why they started firefox?

    I don't like Opera that much, dunno why, I seem to be attached to FF too much, but you're right..it has become one of the most bloated apps on Linux right now..pity.

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    Re: Did the firefox developers forget why they started firefox?

    Firefox has been added to my list of programs that make me cringe when opening them. The other two are OpenOffice.org and GIMP, because these programs take too long to open and can be generally slow when using them. OpenOffice and GIMP have had significant speed increases lately; Firefox, however, gets slower each release.

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    Re: Did the firefox developers forget why they started firefox?

    Quote Originally Posted by picpak View Post
    Firefox has been added to my list of programs that make me cringe when opening them. The other two are OpenOffice.org and GIMP, because these programs take too long to open and can be generally slow when using them. OpenOffice and GIMP have had significant speed increases lately; Firefox, however, gets slower each release.
    Try Epiphany, it's gnome's official browser and it is available in synaptic. And it's fast. I am curious to see if, in some near future, they would switch from the xulrunner/gecko backend to webkit and if it would enhance performance.

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    Re: Did the firefox developers forget why they started firefox?

    Then maybe use seamonkey/iceape, it's compatible with some of the firefox addons like adblock etc. And it's A LOT faster. It has integrated mail, httml composer and irc. (It's the new (old) mozilla suite)
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    Re: Did the firefox developers forget why they started firefox?

    I still love using Firefox :^)

    Yes, it could use some improvement, and yes, I'd gladly switch to Epiphany if:

    • I could use FireFTP in it
    • I could get the Google search bar and Web Dev. toolbar for it
    • it had easier keyboard shortcuts
    • It let me edit said shortcuts
    • It were to let me edit any settings! Very few options...
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    Re: Did the firefox developers forget why they started firefox?

    Epiphany feels weird to me every time I use it. I think it's all that Gnomeness, lol.

    I use Opera, and I love it.

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    Re: Did the firefox developers forget why they started firefox?

    I've been using FF for about 3 years. It only takes about 2 seconds to open and it runs great for me.

    I'm attached to it too.
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    Re: Did the firefox developers forget why they started firefox?

    I use firefox because I cannot stand anything else, I don't have speed issues with firefox either.

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    Re: Did the firefox developers forget why they started firefox?

    I was thinking the exact same thing, it just keeps getting more & more bloated. I finally said screw it & grabbed firefox from DSL, they still use the good'ol 1.0.6 version, tweaked for low end comp's like mine.
    Last edited by kerry_s; September 9th, 2007 at 11:09 AM.

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