Someone persuade me to try Firefox 2.0

Should I upgrade? FFx 2.0 RC 2 was released a few days ago. Back in the olden days, when Firebird / Firefox was being developed pre-1.0, I was an enthusiastic follower of the alpha and beta releases. These days I’m inexplicably more cautious.

Anyone else using 2.0? What extensions have you found that don’t work?

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7 responses to “Someone persuade me to try Firefox 2.0

  1. I’m using it, and sure, some plugins and extensions aren’t working with it. Aside from that it’s working just fine, with a few visual tweaks as far as I can see and little else. Plugins and extensions that don’t work for me include Repagination, Redirect Remover and Greasemonkey. DownloadThemAll works just fine.
    All in all, it’s making little or no difference.

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  2. Ah, Greasemonkey could be a dealbreaker for me… I just realised how many scripts I now have installed. Little or no difference, huh. Might wait a while then.

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  3. I was just about to upgrade to RC1 the other day but refrained from it too… I just can’t aford not having my default browser being up-to-speed. Simple as that.

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  4. Don’t bother. My experiences with RC2 were not good. However my problems were so fundamental, it might have been down to my stupidity.

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  5. Hmm – looking at the problems you reported, they are fairly fundamental. I might give it a try on my home PC (where I have fewer extensions to break) sometime soon and see whether I run into the same issues.

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  6. I am just trying out the new release of IE7, and find it interesting all the debate about this release versus the Firefox download. One of the most interesting aspects of the IE vs. Firefox battle is the development of the ecosystem of extensions or add-ons. It’s not just about bugs and features. Right now Firefox had a great advantage in this space but you can see Microsoft trying to catch up.
    I noticed an interesting extension called Trailfire, set up as a recommended download for IE7. See link:

    http://www.ieaddons.com/SearchResults.aspx?keywords=trailfire

    I think the ecosystem for Firefox and IE will decide who wins this battle. What do you think?

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  7. Thanks for your visit, Mariam.

    Actually I’m not sure about your point. The thing to remember is that Firefox is cross-platform. It is still well below the IE market share. All Windows users are going to be forced into IE7 anyway. So we could say that there are obviously more Windows developers out there, and therefore there will be more addons… but I suspect that the vast majority of Windows IE users are just that, users not developers.

    So, I think that addons for Firefox will continue to thrive, and may even remain richer than anything for IE. I will certainly follow the story with interest.

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