Comic No Jam Today #445 from 12.05.2019

The Demise of Firefox

comic firefox demise

The usage share of Firefox from 2009 to 2019:
47% 45% 41% 34% 28% 25% 21% 17% 14% 11% 9%.

This is comic #445 "The Demise of Firefox" from 12.05.2019
from No Jam Today classic   series (tagged IT  )
Subtitles: The market share of our browser is dwindling. More and more people are installing Chrome. Alrighty! We're turning our browser into a second Chrome! But why... If we needed a crude Chrome, we would've already downloaded a crude Chrome! Now I'll need to install a ton of add-ons to restore it all back... The users continue to customise our browser, disabling the features we forced and adding unaccounted ones. Alrighty! On the pretext of security concerns, we're prohibiting the use of unsigned add-ons! Once again, I had to waste loads of worktime to bring Firefox back to how I need it... Heh, I got my malicious add-on past their verification system. The users are still installing their add-ons, disabling our checks in all the possible ways. Alrighty! On the pretext of performance increase, we're replacing the whole engine, ignoring requests from all the undesired developers! ...I have no words. I will now have to move to the Extended Support Release. "Extended" doesn't mean "Infinite". It's but delaying the inevitable. The users are downloading the old ESR-version and installing the old add-ons, dismissing the double new version notification. Alrighty! On the pretext of resource optimisations, we're deleting all the old add-ons from the database, as well as forcefully upgrading the browsers regardless of their user settings! It's as if we don't have anything better to do than to backup thousands of old add-ons by ourselves! The users keep using the ESR even after its support ended and all the old add-ons got deleted. Alrighty! On the pretext of a bug, we're turning off all their favourite add-ons, and only fixing this "bug" in the new version! Hey? So, how is it? They have installed the only correct version of our browser this time, haven't they?! ( Lishtenbird)

I'm delaying the inevitable with WaterFox. It's a shame it still suffers from the intermittent short "not responding" freeze bug, though.

Well, WaterFox is essentially just older FireFox, so it's unlikely that can be fixed...

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