Iceweasel sucks.

I knew this since quite a while, actually—most of the firefox developers seem to developing for something else than what I use; but, well, using something else isn't very appealing to me. Anyway, yesterday the Iceweasel 3.0 update came on my laptop, and I couldn't help but sigh. I hadn't tried anything, hadn't read any reviews, didn't know what would happen; but given their track record, I expected only problems. I wasn't disappointed. Or, well, I was, depending on how you look at it.

  • When I go to about:config, I want to configure my webbrowser. I have no need for hand-holding.
  • When I click on a link in a different application, I want you to open, not to steal my focus. I will decide who gets the focus.
  • The URL bar is slow and ugly. Having the title of a webpage show up there serves no useful purpose to me -- if I need the title, I'll go to the "history" part of that browser, that's what it for. Also, the underline-as-you-type nonsense slows things down considerably.

And that's only after a day. I fear the next few weeks. For the time being, hints on getting the above moronic stupidities gone (apart from the about:config one, which takes a single click) would be helpful.

And then of course I'm not even mentioning the fact that most of my add-ons don't work with 3.0 yet—but that is to be expected with a new brouwser, of course. At least flashblock works, which is the most important one.

Ugh!
Don't get me started on the focus problems! There is absolutely nothing that pisses me off as much as some random application stealing the focus at inopportune moments. grunts
Comment by Bram (bramspam@pandora.be) Wed Jun 25 15:10:24 2008
A worthy something else...

I use a something else that works exceptionally well for me. It is called Epiphany :)

Specially noteworthy are the auto-search bookmarks (or however it is called in epiphany).

Oh! And if you use the mozilla backend (webkit was too alpha for me when I tested it), you can use any of firefox'es addons: http://live.gnome.org/Epiphany/FlashBlock (it's not click and forget, but works :))

Read you, Lluis

Comment by Lluis Wed Jun 25 15:44:42 2008
firefox
http://lifehacker.com/396312/power-users-guide-to-firefox-3 explains how to revert the awesomebar
Comment by tomdeb (tomdeb@gmail.com) Wed Jun 25 16:17:42 2008
urlbar

FWIW, the oldbar extension makes the new urlbar a bit easier to live with. It doesn't restore sane behaviour, but at least it doesn't use 2 lines per entry anymore.

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/6227

Comment by Henry (blogpot@dodgit.com) Wed Jun 25 17:26:10 2008
Which add-ons?

Did you try reinstalling add-ons that don't work?

I know - kind of a Microsoft solution - but you might be surprised.

Comment by Simon (simon@technocool.net) Thu Jun 26 09:28:13 2008
Everyone does not agree with you
  • When I go to about:config, I want to configure my webbrowser. I have no need for hand-holding

Apparently, people were playing there, and were pissed when it broke their browser. The warning is like the warning you have when you install a clean firefox "Do you want to open so much tabs?" or "Do you want to close all the tabs?".

It has a funny thing called a check box that enable the average user to not be bothered again. I suggest you use it... :-p

  • When I click on a link in a different application, I want you to open, not to steal my focus. I will decide who gets the focus.

It depends: If your application is "fullscreened", clicking on the link without having the focus could lead to interesting situation like "Hey, It does nothing?"

  • The URL bar is slow and ugly.

This is a matter of taste. I personally like it a lot better than the old one.

Comment by Tody Thu Jun 26 13:22:43 2008
Re: Which add-ons?
Yeah, I did that. In fact, flashblock only worked after I reinstalled it :-)
Comment by wouter Thu Jun 26 13:58:51 2008