Why, oh why is firefox such a pain to use in gnu/linux? There are few minor irritants the recurs over and over again that really irritate. I am an ardent supporter of Firefox. I use it in Windows. I’ve been using since 2003. I use it @ work. The only time I do not use it is when I use IE Tab (again this is in Firefox) to browse some of the Korean websites that are written in a way to comply with the non-standards compliant IE (6 for now). It is perfect for use on windows.
So what happens to the same base code when it comes to gnu/linux? Why do I get this feeling that there is a step-motherly conduct when it comes to gnu/linux? Hereon, the OS I refer to by default is gnu/linux. From the very start I noticed that firefox is pathetically slow. Every single menu item responds as if it were an eighty year old virgin in a red light area. Click on the “Tools” menu and move over to “Edit” and this takes around 2 secs to respond.
Then there is this nonsense of opening the text in the clipboard when you middle click anywhere on the page. If I were streaming some video over the net, opening a new url in the same page means that I have to stream the video all over again.
Why does Firefox behave so differently on different OSes? I am not talking about complying with certain OS related standards. I am talking about getting things to just work. Firefox, I remember, used to run extremely smooth even on a system that had half the power as my current one. When I check the list of processes in “top” firefox is ALWAYS @ the top. I think it is time to fix all the bugs on ALL the OSes. Oh and please stop treating firefox on gnu/linux as just a port to be done. Afterall the X server is where Firefox’s most ardent supporters, like me, like to work.