My Thoughts on The New Firefox

By David G. Firestone

We are all brand loyal. We all have our brands that we loyally support. We are also brand disloyal. We all have our brands that we avoid like the plague. Don’t try to tell me that you aren’t brand loyal and disloyal. For 35 years, we’ve had a GM car in our driveway, and Taster’s Choice coffee in our cupboard.

Every once in a while, something happens that forces us to change our minds and our ways. Sometimes it is because a company goes out of business. Other times it’s because the company changes the product so much that a brand loyal guy like me has to switch. That is exactly the situation I found myself in last week.

So Mozilla released a new version of Firefox this week, Firefox Quantum. They claim this new version is faster and doesn’t use as much memory, which sounds good. Being the loyal Firefox guy that I was, I decided to upgrade. This is a decision I would quickly regret. This new version of Firefox with the add ons that I use is so slow and uses up so much memory and CPU, that I couldn’t do the basic things I could with the older version.

I tried everything I could possibly do to make it work, but I finally had to admit defeat. So I then imported my bookmarks and settings to Google Chrome. With a similar set of add ons, I’ve had no problems with memory and CPU that I did with Firefox. So Firefox in making things “better” made it unusable, and now I’m no longer brand loyal to Firefox.

I don’t ask for much, but I want a browser that does what I need it to do without using 100% of memory and CPU. If it can’t do that, I won’t use it, simple as that. If I have an object that can’t do the one thing I need it to do, it makes no sense to keep it. A couple years ago, we got a new clothes dryer, because the old one wouldn’t dry the clothes, thereby making it useless.

So after years and years of using Firefox, I have made the change to Google Chrome, and it works the way that I want it to. So I see no reason to switch back. I don’t feel bad, and I don’t miss it. It’s just a browser in the end.

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