Posted by: Anonymous
on July 02, 2008 11:00 AM
I don't really understand people shouting "it's notopensource". Yes I like opensource software and use it every day, but I don't think opensource should become a religion like it seems to be for a lot of ppl, even if they claim it isn't one. Most of the people shouting this never contributed to any opensource project, or even looked at the code. I do contribute to a few opensource (GPLv2) projects That's the 1st thing.
2nd thing is, for me as a user the most important thing is not opensource - it is choice, competition and open standard support. I can choose the best browser, and Opera made it clear in the last 9 years I use it (yes - since 3.x) that they commit themselfs to their users and open standards, for example the entire original CSS spec was designed by ppl at Opera. Opera has introduced about any innovative feature which is so loved in FF by it's users - like tabs for example, but if only FF would copy it better...
Sure I tried Firefox 1, 2 and now 3, but it just feels to basic and limited for me without tons of extentions installed - which on every upgrade have a rather high chance to break. I don't feel like looking for new extentions all the time when installing a new version, or looking for an alternative because the old-one isn't supported anymore. Compared to that - I didn't reconfigure my opera since I did a clean Opera 8.0 reinstall... If FF would ever become better (in usability terms) than Opera (I doubt it) I would use it, but as it currently stands, I'll stick with Opera. I simply don't understand that the FF team can't see that they lack basic functionality. Everyone who is a bit of a powerusers installs tons of extentions to provide very basic usability features which should be in-there by default. Only 1 of those usability improvements made it into v3: session saving, but that sure took a while...
The speed of a browser doesn't really matter for me I think, as long as it is responsive and not horribly slow - it's ok. Usability and open standard support are my primary concern.