Today, Firefox version 29, codename Australis was released for Ubuntu Trusty Tahr. If you are running Ubuntu, you should have been given notification through the Updater to install this. I did, and what I liked what I saw. Here is a quick screenshot tour and review.
For one thing, I stopped using Firefox as my main browser quite long back, mainly due to the resource usage and the heavy feeling, especially considering I spend 60% of my work time in a web browser. Having said that, I think I’ll give Firefox 28 and above a spin.
So, here is what I found from my quick play around and I hope it will help you if want to take a sneak peak before deciding to actually start using it.
First, the screenshot tour for the impatient 🙂
What I liked:
- Despite the fact that it looks more like Chrome/Chromium, I did like the fluid shape of the tab. But here is where Firefox aces: The inactive tabs are nicely pushed out of focus with intelligent demarcation color scheme for multiple inactive tabs.
- Customization tool which is more intuitive and user friendly
- Consistent and better rendering of fonts. For some reason, Chromium and most probably Chrome the font in address bar has gone haywire for the last few releases.
- Better memory and CPU utilization: I had 48 tabs running at once, some of which were heavy apps (Flash, interactive JS etc.,). No matter what I threw at it, Firefox took it and made easy job of it.
- Though not new, integrated download notification.
- Faster page loading than before. This is purely from a User Experience point of view. YMMV. I really don’t believe in a zillion benchmark tests to qualify a browser usable for me 🙂
What I didn’t like:
- Maybe someone filed a bug already: when I tried installing a downloaded extension (Google Analytics opt-out), Firefox weirdly opened another minute window and asked for the permission to install it.
- Sync: when using Chromium, I had a nice ecosystem of integrating the sync system to my gmail account. As someone who tends to frown at having to maintain a bunch of credentials, it worked nice for me. Now I have to remember YET another credential set.
NOTE: Please note that the points mentioned above (both like and dislikes) are a result of around 30 minutes play around. I’ll update this article OR write another one with more observations.
Compared to earlier releases, I believe Mozilla has done an excellent job of churning out a faster, better looking and resource optimized browser. I think I’ll use it for sometime.
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