Firebird… Firefox… Whatever

The latest version of the lite-weight Mozilla is out. They’ve changed the name yet again, this time to Firefox 0.8. I don’t really have a problem with the new name, but I’m sure all of this renaming is hurting the marketing of a great browser. I hope they (and others) have learned to do through background checks before choosing a name for a product.

The good:
From what I’ve seen, Firefox is a great little browser. It includes all of the features you’ve come to expect from a modern browser: tabbed browsing, popup blocking, integrated search, standards compliance, and much more. It’s also a relatively small download (6.2 MB for windows), and it doesn’t use up a ton of memory. It also has quite snappy render times. If you’re still using Internet Explorer, you’re truly missing out.

The bad:
I’m currently running Mozilla 1.6. It’s not quite as slim as the fox, and I do miss out on some of the great extensions, but it’s home. I have all of my mail and bookmarks here, an integrated irc client, and more preferences than I know what to do with. I do plan on switching away from the Mozilla Suite to Firefox + Thunderbird + Sunbird, etc… but not yet. I’m hoping that by the time Firefox 1.0 is out, they’ll have built into the installer a profile importer, and a few more of the Mozilla features that I’ve come to love (or at least made them available as extensions). For me, Firefox hasn’t quite lured me away… yet.

The Verdict:
If you’re still using IE, switch. For most people out there, Firefox is a much better browser and after using it for a few weeks, you’ll never want to go back to the bug infested waters of Microsoft.