the day after tomorrow…

So what do we have:

LONDON, April 21, 2008 – Canonical Ltd. announced the upcoming availability of Ubuntu 8.04 LTS Desktop Edition for free download on Thursday 24 April

Ubuntu 8.04 Long Term Support (LTS) provides a stable platform for software and hardware vendors, developers and users.

….

It includes the latest, stable version of many core products, and in that spirit is the first distribution to bring Mozilla Firefox 3 (Beta 5) to millions of users.

These just don’t fit. I already see all upcoming articles and rants full of swearing and other negative stuff : (

Just think about it:

  • most of us use the PC mainly for web
  • we use Firefox™to do that
  • why do we use firefox? Riiight, the add-ons (I have 15)
  • what happens with the beta?? Righ on! some (or lots of, or only few of them??) add-ons don’t work
  • what do we have in the finalé? Right, a (semi)broken web-browser and broken user experience

All the poor users, who’ll click the “Upgrade” button only to find their firefox profile to be broken.

Broken till June? Hell no! the addons would catch up earlier. But then again read this and keep wondering why you can’t see the plugin’s minimal supported version on the new add-ons portal (I didn’t find, only some of them have the info in the comments).

What were they (the ubuntu release team) thinking®?

Here’s a link you might find usefull.

As for me, still comfy with good ‘ol 7.04. And right said, synchronise the releases!

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2 Comments

  1. Far superior browser core, which is much fast at rendering webpages than the old obsolete Firefox 2 and memory usage efficient is more important than any add-ons. Considering people keep screaming about Firefox 2 using up to 1GB or more of RAM every time it’s left on over a few hours, this alone is far more important than any add-ons.

    http://blog.pavlov.net/2008/03/11/firefox-3-memory-usage/

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  2. >> memory usage efficient is more important than any add-ons

    I won’t agree with your point. I’ve read the pavlov.net’s post the day it was posted. I admit FF3 is the best browser out there, but it’s not finished/stable yet.
    Giving a fact Ubuntu is very popular among human beings, not us geeks it was a major mistake to enable it by default in stable release. It’s like driving a fast, fuel efficient car without windows and seats- almost useless…. unless you’re a geek.
    (do human beings use add-ons? Didn’t think ’bout that 🙂 )

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