* Posts by Frank McLaughlin

2 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Firefox 3.5: In, out, shake it all about

Frank McLaughlin

@ AC 07:26 GMT

Well, I don't doubt your experiences, but over here, FF2 worked flawlessly, and FF3 does not. As with at least one other commenter, I have mostly the same extensions, and in my world, Adblock and Noscript are the real attractions to Firefox in the first place. I run linux, I have for years, and all of my other software works just fine. Also, this is a fresh and clean installation, and I visit exactly the same sites I visited under FF2.

I thank you for suggesting that I'm incompetent, but entertaining though a "whose credentials are bigger" contest might be, so what if I was? One product worked and the other doesn't. And back in the real world, I find that "stop using it" is usually not an option if someone hasn't already gone that route. As with so many things in the open-source world, if you want people to use your product, you need to fix problems; if you want to be a tiny niche player, you can do whatever amuses you. But effective advocacy does not in any way entail telling people that they're dunces if they encounter problems (or, for that matter, ignoring those problems entirely).

So, FF3 won't burn you alive, and indeed, comparing it to something that will is arguably tasteless. Fair enough, although the internet seems rather a post-taste medium. The point, though, was that a problem can exist in a product without every single user actually encountering it. So, it works fine for you? To quote AC@19:47GMT, does that necessarily mean the problem doesn't exist?

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Frank McLaughlin

@ AC 19:02 GMT

Naturally, your own experiences can be accurately extrapolated to be completely and totally representative of the experiences of every single other user on the planet? Not everybody's Ford Pinto exploded, either, you know.

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