Somewhere in the last couple of months Firefox on Linux has picked up a “feature” that is somewhere between extremely grating and unacceptable, at least in its current form: forced auto-updating.
The problem with it is that it auto-updates in the most ham-fisted way possible: while I’m using the damn browser, in the middle of my work, it’ll just randomly auto-update.
What makes this worse is that I cannot count on Firefox’s data integrity, I’ve had more occasions of data loss due to a Firefox update than I care to remember. The main reason I don’t file a bug report for that is that if I do, the bug report will just gather dust and die rather than being picked up i.e. it’d be wasted effort on my part.
Now, I’ve read about the
about:config. I set that to
false, and for a while all seemed well. Except I had a system update for Firefox (new major version that I explicitly chose not to install yet), Firefox just “randomly” crashed, and when I reopened it, the system update was gone and Firefox still updated itself.
This last part is not only undesirable but 100% unacceptable. If I say I don’t want to install an update, behaving like Microsoft and shoving it down my throat anyway is a surefire way to lose users. Right now I’m at the edge, a browser that doesn’t serve me is a browser I don’t need. That’s why I dumped IE and Chrome, after all.
And normally I’d chalk this up to just a bug, but Mozilla has been moving in a dubious direction lately, it’s noticeable in Firefox, and not in a good way either.