But Opera had it faults, too. It all started when Opera got UserJS, which became an excuse for developers to stop developing new features demanded by the users and devoting endless amounts of resources on tinkering with the speed dial (for which nobody had asked) or the mandatory "tab sticking", which ought to have worked as tab stacking, but frequently worked as tab sticking, without any possibility for the user to switch this "feature" off.
And it took an engine replacement to fix the perennial shortcoming of missing autocompletion for form fields. For a browser that claimed to include everything, including an e-mail client, the painful lack of autocompletion was like a festering wound, encountered every time that the user was forced to type the same thing over and over. Opera Software claimed that the omission of forms autocompletion was because of privacy concerns. And no, the notes could not make up for it, nor the various extensions, which were shady at best... thus, Opera Software, with its arrogant stubbornness, was indirectly forcing users to use the dubious extensions and compromise their privacy in favour of browsing comfort.Â
Now onto Firefox... it seems that Mozilla is being ridden either by saboteurs, or by complete morons. It has been conspicuous ever since they succumbed to hazing by intolerant buggers andÂ faggots... and ousted Brendan Eich... (You know what? I would have flagged OkCupid as a dangerous site, that would have served them well!)
You know, they started removing useful features, such as the status bar (instead of providing the option to hide it), forcing users to install an extension (Status 4-Evar).
Then it came the catastrophic move to Australis... I could never understand why they did it, save for the dubious "benefit" of "unification"... which only hurt it as one size could not possibly fit all.
Anyway, if I have a large screen that I cannot entirely embrace with my eyes, which means that some portions of the screen will still be outside my field of view, then I do not need more "screen estate" â€“ what I need is more comfort and more rational utilization of the "screen estate" -- for controls, for menu bars.
Unfortunately, Mozilla went the other way round, burying them under a single tree and cascades of menus.
Then came the disaster named Australis. An absolutely ugly and incoherent design concept! It removed the title bar... and introduced a fairly wide swathe of infertility and uselessness between the menu bar and the tab bar. Thus, we lost the title bar and gained almost nothing, as all the possible gains were gobbled up by Australis.
Furthermore, Australis introduced rounded tabs and a ridiculously ugly skin, which makes the current tab stand out, while the other tabs hopelessly fade into the background. Now, why would I want the current tab (which I am reading) to stand out and the other tabs (to which I will surely switch) to fade into the background?!
That is absolutely crazy -- yet is is Mozilla's new design.
Furthermore, the rounded tabs are not only inconsistent with the rest of the interface, which has become woefully rectangularish, but also cut away at probably the most precious space of the whole screen - the space for the tab caption...! Not only did they do away with the title bar, they also effectively shortened the tab which formerly held the contents of the title bar!
Oh, one more thing... when I installed it on a Windows Server 2003 R2, Firefox with Australis scared me with its absolutely unreadable skin of white on a blue gradient... despite having no windows theme (obviously, as it ought to be the case on a server)! It was so disgusting that it almost make me cry or puke... To prevent this dilemma from being solved heuristically, I immediately switched on windows theming just to be able to look at Firefox. Now, under the silver theme, the ugliness of Australis really sticks out!
(In socialism, we would call this a sabotage. :-P)
So, Australis is a disaster. Is there a way to remedy it? Supposedly yes: there extensions for this, such as the Classic Theme Restorer.
However, it does not get things right. Tab colouring no longer works properly, the colours are a bit off... and it looks incredibly heinous!
You know, for Firefox to be comfortable, quite a few extensions (add-ons) must be installed, such as for tab management, etc.
But Mozilla forces you to install a number previously unnecessary extensions (add-ons) just to get things back to the state in which it was before Mozilla started tinkering with something that nobody (except for some secluded Mozilla cabal) had ever asked for, pouring an insane amount of resources just to break perfectly working things and piss off a lot of users and add-on developers alike...Â
So, the glorious speed advantages that Mozilla boasts are ignominiously offset by their stupid "minimalistic UI" policy. Clearly, the biggest problem with Firefox is that it has gradually become not a browser built for users, but, excuse me, a (marketing) tool for dick measuring contests (euphemistically called "benchmarks").
At the same time, the Mozilla developers refuse to even do something really useful, such as changing the model of the tabs to virtual, so that they do not take up that much memory... because that would be "hard". So, they dally with useless "features" that nobody really wants, forcing them upon hapless users with sadistic pleasure, passing it off as "innovation", while making excuses for shunning real progress.
Do Firefox users have a 64-bit Windows build, perhaps with profile guided optimization? Hell, no, they must resort to Waterfox,Â even if the infrastructure is there!
So, it seems Mozilla has gone to great lengths to piss Firefox users off and chase them off to Google Chrome's fold...