Jun 30, 2012

Fuck Firefox 14

It had been a few weeks since I last used Firefox because it sucks so fucking hard. Instead, I've been using Safari. With my recent upgrade to Mountain Lion I checked out Safari 6 and wondered what Firefox 14 was like in comparison. I decided to approach it with an open mind and did the old launch-check-install-relaunch routine that I've done over a dozen times in the last year or so.

Let me tell you, nothing has changed. At least, not that I'm aware of. I sat there wondering what was different from Firefox 13 except the new blank tab page. I mean, really, I did try. It wasn't snappier, it wasn't prettier, it didn't render web pages noticeably faster. It was the same as before. I seriously think that Mozilla developers are just updating a graphic here or there, slapping a new version number on, and releasing.

I release something like that every once in a while, and it's called a turd. Maybe that should earn me a spot on the Firefox development team.

I expect Firefox 15 to earn its whole version number upgrade with Retina display support or something equally peripheral. Where are the JavaScript improvements? Where is the comprehensive HTML5 support? This is stuff that Apple did with Safari 6 and that Microsoft is doing with Internet Explorer 10 because it matters.

Even Google Chrome, which only really works well with Google products and web pages, usually has some benchmarks to go with new releases. Firefox has nary a bell or whistle—because there's nothing to make noise about.

The memory test page for Firefox scares me, and I killed top after viewing its bloat for few seconds. Almost 800 MB just to render a page with a simple PNG, some text, and a translucent background. I mean, it doesn't get simpler than that. There weren't any plug-ins, or JavaScript, or Java. What in the flying fuck?

Now get this: after throwing Firefox 14 in the Trash, noticed that it was almost a gigabyte in size! What gives? A fresh version straight from the website weighs in about 80 MB. Does this mean that Firefox has been keeping old versions of itself in the its app package? Apparently. Don't get me wrong, it doesn't surprise me that its update feature is broken, but I didn't know it was that bad. At least it's 2012 and a gig here or there is no big deal. But the developer laziness at this point is kind of frightening.

So, after a few minutes of being underwhelmed by this flaming piece of bloated junk, I deleted it and am back into Safari 6. I didn't think I was going to be wowed by Firefox 14, but I figured I'd be better-served by checking out the latest version. Well even that was a waste of time. It doesn't even deserve a place on my hard drive anymore, and I doubt that I'll try Firefox 15.

Fuck Firefox 14.


  1. Yeah is totally sucks Firefox the flash aplications start lag¡¡¡ sucks sucks¡¡¡¡

  2. Firefox is an absolute piece of crap. Uses 3GB of RAM for no reason and crashes constantly. Never had one crash on Chrome or even IE