Believe it or not, I'm not alone in my Firefox difficulties. While my last post generated more flames than Smokey the Bear could snuff out in a week, there are a few of us who have run into some challenges with an admittedly outstanding browser that have caused us to look elsewhere. Unfortunately, my time is so extraordinarily limited that I can't afford to spend it tweaking Firefox when there are really solid alternatives, both from Redmond and elsewhere.
Of note is that virtually all of these problems occur under Windows. As one of the readers my of last post pointed out:
"Firefox works AS labeled in Linux, but aint worth the battle in Winders...I am using other tabbed browser, OTHER than Microsnot, till this issue is resolve."
Sure, the grammar might leave something to be desired, but the point is there. I have no doubt that most of my flamers would claim that this is a M$ anti-competitive conspiracy, and, in fact, they might be right. However, until an awful lot of us flop over to Ubuntu (which might be sooner than later, given Microsoft's swift end to Windows XP support and OEM trends towards immediate Vista adoption), I just can't give Firefox the benefit of the doubt. Being produced outside of Redmond is no longer good enough to get something on the desktops in my school. It has to meet the needs of the largest numbers of my users with the least time and effort.