Making the plunge..

July 3rd, 2004

Firefox
It's been a while now since Firefox 0.91 was released. Now I don't normally pay that much attention to the releases because I've already tried the browser a bunch of times in the past and it just doesn't cut it for me. But I was reading this article on osnews.com, comparing Opera and the new Firefox. It was shown in such a positive light that I decided to try it myself.

As it turns out, Firefox is faster than ever before. Both on loading and page rendering, but especially the latter. In fact, it's so much smoother now that I don't even need Adblock to kill flash ads because they render just as quick as images. The new default skin is improved, extensions are easier to install from a new website and it's less buggy installing themes and extensions. Much less buggy! So going by that article, I installed all the extensions the author had plus a couple of my own and I'm very satisfied. Up to the point that I've decided to switch to Firefox as my default browser.

On the downside, Firefox has very limited customization settings, because they menus are bare bones. But to make up for it, the url about:config will, of course, give you all the familiar Gecko settings to play with.

Theme:

  • Doodle (Plastik)

Extensions:

  • Session Saver
  • All-in-One Gestures
  • Single Window
  • Dictionary search (can't live without this now)
  • Adblock

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