Firefox turns 5 today
. I'm sure you already knew that, what with it being widely covered industry-wide and all. This has caused me to look back on my own usage of Firefox over the years.In the beginning, there was Mozilla
. And I used it. And it was good. It had a nifty integrated html editor that I used on occasion. And I had used it for many a year.
I noticed the dev-work on Phoenix/Firebird and used it a bit at home on my Linux machine. Never did any serious browsing with it, but I did use it.And then there was Firefox.
When Mozilla announced that they were killing Mozilla-the-browser and replacing it with Firefox, I dutifully switched to that for day to day usage. I believe that was the 1.0.And then there were the fights
. Firefox did things differently than Mozilla did. I tried to take things in stride, but it was hard. Cookie handling was a big pet-peeve of mine (since remedied). The other one is still true
I flirted with Opera briefly, but it was annoying in different ways. Sad.And then there was the breakup. Which I blogged about here
. You see, I'd learned about SeaMonkey, which is an OpenSource project aimed at bringing the defunct Mozilla-browser into the future. It had the experience I was used to, and worked with most of the Firefox extensions too! What's NOT to like? I was hooked and made the switch. Good by, Firefox! Won't miss you.And then I moved to openSUSE as my primary desktop.
This required a certain amount of Firefox usage simply because that was the 'built in' browser. Mostly I ignored it, since they had SeaMonkey as an option.And then SeaMonkey started getting stale.
The same UI for, like, 5 years gets old. And the little bits where it differed from the IE/FF experience were growing. So I started using FireFox on the side at work, as a way to do things like run my Google apps in a separate browser so I could do all of my other
searching without directly associating my search terms with my Google account.And then Firefox 3.5 came out. And it sucked less.
I converted to FF3.5 at home, but still kept with SeaMonkey at work. It still involved some nose-holding in various spots, but I was determined to bull through. I got used to the popularity contest in the drop-down bar. I still miss the way typed in (or pasted in) URLs never show up in that list, but I got used to it.And then SeaMonkey looked to be in PermaBeta for 2.0.
Knowing I am a very small minority of web users by using SeaMonkey (0.58% of viewers of this blog, which is less than the 2.08% of you still using Mozilla), I had doubts about the long term prospects of SM. My Firefox usage ticked up again. And when Opera 10 came out, I gave it a real going over. For work stuff it didn't cut it, but it just might for home use.And then SeaMonkey 2.0 actually released. Download it now
! It integrated some of the more annoying-but-need-to-have features of Firefox (like the SSL handling) but kept the drop-down sort the way I like it. An MRU list.
And that brings me to today. At work Firefox is the browser I keep logged in to Google for various things, and still use SM for all of my other browsing. I find that handy.
And now you know.