7 thoughts on “Firefox 1.0 Released”

  1. I think it is hilarious that this “If you are using any other browser, you’re an idiot. Firefox rules.” is followed by a note warning there might be trouble with it. Great stuff, really.

  2. That wasn’t posted as a warning that you might have trouble using Firefox, but rather accessing their web site because it was overloaded with traffic. I simply put a direct link to the place you could download Firefix.

  3. I gathered that.
    I was just being an Idiot.
    It’s what I do.
    I use Firefox every-so-often, and it’s not a bad browser. It certainly allows greater control and better options when compared to IE, but it’s not “mainstream” enough to practicle…yet. But then again, if it was “mainstream” it would most likely be ruined like everything else I have ever loved that went “mainstream”.
    It really is quit a vicious circle. Love something. Tell other people about your love. Other people love it too. They tell other people. Those people ruin it.

  4. I totally disagree that it’s not mainstream or ready for primetime. Just go to mozillaZine and read through the articles that have been written in major newspapers around the world, technology magazines (online and offline) and the shear volume of people that have downloaded the browser.

    While I follow your logic on the whole cycle of something becoming mainstream and then becoming crap, that’s not likely going to happen with Firefox unless Mozilla got bought by another company. Since they used to be part of AOL and the browser is open source, I’d venture to guess that it’s only going to get better. Of course all of this is subjective to some extent, but you can’t argue with the fact that IE sucks ass, especially on the Mac.

  5. I agree with you about Mozilla only getting better, and I very much agree that anything outside of Netscape has EVER worked correctly, or even satisfactorly, on a Mac, but at the same time I disagree that Firefox is becoming mainstream. Go into any public school computer lab, and 9 times out of 10, every machine is running IE. Those that are running Firefox tend to have issues with plug-ins, too much control being given to the students, and proxy issues. While, at home, this much control is expected, the school lab is generally tightly controlled. The ability of wholesale control is what is keeping IE the standard, and Firefox the “alternaltive” usually only suggested by techies like ourselves. I would love to see Firefox become the standard, but I don’t think that will be happening anytime soon.

  6. I can’t say with any certainty, but I would venture to guess that the reason public schools, etc aren’t using Firefox is largely due to three things: 1) The mentality that if it says Microsoft, then it must work better with our Microsoft computers. 2) They simply don’t know about Firefox. 3) Firefox 1.0 just came out.

    Firefox doesn’t need plug-ins to run effectively. I only use two plug-ins myself, and I would probably be considered a power-user. I’m sure that Mozilla will target the edu market a little more aggressively now that 1.0 has been released. I would imagine that Microsoft will continue to lose marketshare to Mozilla, as they have over the last year.

    When I am at clients and show them all of the features of Netscape or Firefox, the generally move away from IE. It’s all about education. Most people think there is only IE because they just don’t care enough to know better.

  7. And that is the crux of the argument. People don’t know or don’t care. If the browser came with their new 2,000 machine, it must be the best.

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