I’m excited about the official 1.0 release of Firefox tomorrow, 9 November! I am using the 1.0 Preview Release with great success, but look forward to a public ready release that’s polished up.
I should probably post here the answer to the question I often get from family: “Why Mozilla?” For many people it semms the answer to this is security. While security is important for me, I don’t know much about it and it is not the reason I switched to Mozilla (and Firefox) or really my primary concern (though maybe it should be). Is switched because it is much more functional to me in the following ways:
- Tabbed browsing!
- This makes the desktop much more clean as I have many applications open and am researching some particular product and/or looking up help on some code I’m working on.
- You can add extensions to customize your browsing experience
- The most important exstension to me is Tabbrowser Extensions which I don’t know that I can live without now as it offers almost complete customization to tabbed browsing.
- Web Developer Toolbar is quite helpful for web design
- I can sychronize bookmarks at work and home
- Scribe allows me to actually save form data! No more timing out and losing everything.
- There are many more great extensions for all kinds of functions that are freely available at extensionroom.mozdev.org!
- It’s Open Source so you can edit everything! A lot of things I can actually do without spending a lot of time.
With Firefox I can take charge of browsing, which takes up a lot of my time, and not just float around on the surf. I don’t have to deal with the internet in the way that some big company wants me to, but can really “take back the web” with functionality.