I am truly sad, and I cannot be silent any longer. Years ago, there was this amazing thing when I used Firefox. But then, Chrome came along - I hate Chrome and IE (and Edge… and Safari… and desktop Opera… and Brave etc.). At that point, when Mozilla felt threatened by the rise of Chrome, what happened? It became more like Chrome every month, and lost the identity that was Firefox. It become ChromeFox, or OrangeChrome if you prefer.
I couldn’t use my favourite theme any longer - Bloody Red
I couldn’t do this amazing thing anymore: have a 3D rendering of a web page to see how the divs etc. stacked up. That was phenomenal, just OMG phenomenal. The back of my mind screams: “What is the wrong you to have removed this feature?!” Now there is a plugin, called Tilt 3D… a Legacy plugin, which means it won’t be supported in the future.
I couldn’t use Firebug the same way anymore, it’s just not the same. It’s difficult to use now, even confusing to be honest. I use Firebug on Palemoon, and it’s just better… but it’s the same(?) tool. Or even Chrome’s internal tool is pretty convenient at times.
Having the Forward Arrow disappear confused many people. Why remove such a basic feature? At this point, you get distracted by part of the menu shifting. Someone, please help me understand this.
Silverlight does not work on Windows 7… An official Microsoft plugin pretty much. Why?
AND if I want to allow Flash content, I “need” to allow it temporarily. Have a button for this, with a white list, I beg of you.
Apparently, I won’t be able to use Stylish anymore. According to John Duncan, concerning the ‘replacement’ called Stylus, he said, "The most useful feature of Stylish was styling internal browser chrome:// (specifically things like scrollbars which cannot be styled in the userChrome.css or userContent.css files), which is not possible in any of the Chrome/web-extensions add-ons."
So, I won’t be able to use the most useful feature of a tool that will replace one of my all-time favourite tool? Again, why is Stylish not going to be compatible? You are stripping developer tools that people loved and have loved. I do NOT understand this. Why? Just, why? Instead of having a single build, you have 4 if I am not mistaking. So… more work but less functionality?
When I put these together, Firefox lost its identity by trying to BE Chrome. You’re not Chrome, and never will be. I for one, hate Chrome. As for those who love Chrome, if they want something LIKE Chrome, they will USE Chrome, not Firefox. The moment you understand that, maybe one day I will use Firefox again as a primary browser.
Until Firefox changes to what it should be, I will support Palemoon for as long as I can. Years ago, you were my answer to IE, to Chrome and other browsers. If you want to be OrgangeChrome, fine, but I can’t support that. Nor can I stay silent any longer concerning one of the best browsers that ever existed, and which continuously strips or brings internal changes that affect developer tools, and massively useful plugins likes Silverlight… from Microsoft no less.
If you want to make a browser that is stupid-proof (a.k.a. dummy proof), fine, but count me out. I am aware there is a dev build, but it just doesn’t cut it. It’s not the same as what Firefox was before.
Even though I still use Firefox once in a while, I use Palemoon because it doesn’t try to be like Chrome or Firefox. Once upon a time someone made a fork of Firefox because they wanted to preserve something good, and they knew the fork they had was gonna be lost otherwise. However, since then, they developed their own engine because they wanted to BE Palemoon, while preserving better functionality. I still can’t use Bloody Red, but I found a better replacement, so that’s not a big deal. In any event, the core functionality of Palemoon remains what it should be, and most importantly it doesn’t try emulating Chrome. It tries to be Palemoon.