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    "Version 17.0.1 seems OK .....but"

    December 18, 2012  |   By ycur

    Pros

    As always, Firefox's addons are the icing on this browser's cake. The extensions provide the user an enormous number of ways to customize.

    Cons

    The ultra fast six week release schedule places unrealistic demands on extension and theme developers to stay current.

    Summary

    Firefox is like a box of chocolates ..... you never know what you're going to get. Sometimes the browser is fast and rock stable, while at other times it's stability is shaky and the releases cause incompatibilities with addons. A case in point: Firefox 17.0 comes out and Tab Mix Plus, one of the most popular extensions, doesn't work on it. Fortunately TMP extension developers were able to quickly make the needed changes to get it working again, but this particular problem demonstratively illustrates how the crazy-fast release schedule negatively impacts the browser's performance. This kind of thing happens all the time with both extensions and themes. Bear in mind that there are many thousands of addons, and that these addons are made by third party developers in their spare time. It's crazy to think these people can keep all these addons working at the pace Mozilla releases Firefox versions. It is no wonder Firefox users see so many extension incompatibilities. Is it really necessary to release a new version of the browser so often?
    This issue aside, I find Firefox 17.0.1 to be a fast and stable version with no major problems. That's great, but one can only speculate what version 18 will bring.

    Updated on Dec 27, 2012

    Valarie, your situation is like so many other Firefox users who encounter problems when Mozilla releases another version. Sadly this kind of thing happens quite often. Apparently Firefox developers feel it's far more important to release a new version every six weeks with a couple of so-so new features than it is to make and keep the browser stable. When will the clowns at Mozilla realize their mistake and stop this nonsense? Firefox doesn't need to be released that often!

    Updated on Dec 27, 2012

    Valarie, your situation is like so many other Firefox users who encounter problems when Mozilla releases another version. Sadly this kind of thing happens quite often. Apparently Firefox developers feel it's far more important to release a new version every six weeks with a couple of so-so new features than it is to make and keep the browser stable. When will the clowns at Mozilla realize their mistake and stop this nonsense? Firefox doesn't need to be released that often!

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  • Reply by DaveJ10 on December 22, 2012

    I agree. It's stupid to make plugins stop working for every new version.

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