I have to chime in here now - Your assumption is that “change is hard” - no it is not for everyone. This is too easy of a statement to make and not a valid blanket. I do think you may be surprised in the next few weeks and moths to come after Nov. 14th = your optimism is clouded by shiny new stuff, that has lots of “modern” glitz but little substance in comparison. You may well become for a short period of time the renewed kid on the block - but will fall prey again to the same syndrome that made you lose market share in the first place: you had an outstanding, opposing creation with firefox, standing out like a beacon of light to the other dominant browsers.
You did not have to be part of a browser war simply because you were for consumers and developers like manna from heaven. THAT was what made you successful rather immediately. But then you rested on your laurels. You simply let the ship steer itself - ergo you accumulated well over 23 some thousand “addons”. You rested on top of extension authors. For years they did all the work. The oversight you kept was minimal. Then you started waking slowly from your slumber when your market share started to twindle remarkably. Your misguided [as we now in hindsight know] resolution then was to shove updates over updates - serving them up with a rate that most extension authors could hardly keep up with.
Of course since that was not a “real” growth remedy, you had to decide to finally pull up the sleeves and construct firefox anew. Yes, change is good, if it is also usable and relevant. For whom are you now building this browser, that is hardly recognizable anymore. You show a preview of the new web extensions, say that it is comprised of what gets voted in -
I do not question the “hard work” everyone has already put in to this new browser. Am certain that everyone is convinced that this is the best new vehicle for Firefox. But you now are on the road every other browser travels. If the whole world walks that road, that does not necessarily make it the right road. The difference Firefox made in the first place is no longer there. The only “vital” difference from all other browsers. You now dismiss by conforming to the average of other browsers.
I beg to differ: you throw the baby out with the bathwater starting to look like Chrome.
One question: to “whom” do you cater now?
It does not seem that it is considered for the consumer or the developer. As a consumer, I appreciated the freedom of customization, as a developer I had everything I needed with firebug and fire finder. - As far as I can see right now - there is zero equivalency present right now for either group - looking at on November 12th - 2 days away from release.
I have used both Firefox from the day of it’s first release, and over the past year or so also Waterfox. I use relatively few “addons”, and have been loyal to lesser known ones that were providing solid basic functions that never were build-in to the browser.
I have to agree with Sami Chori - why strip out completely what was good versus integrate it to the core of Firefox. You already had to re-write everything, why dismiss the so obvious: not just developers but also consumers like at least some control over the tool they are using. And a browser is like driving a car. And I don;t want to drive Chrome or any other, I liked driving Firefox.
But nor you are telling me, well, it’s still firefox but a different car under the hood… your steering wheel is now rigid [you can no longer adjust it], the color is predetermined, and oh yeah, you don’t need to worry about the speed anymore, we have automated it at a steady 55 mph. Welcome to the new showroom.
This is my impression right now of what I see so far.
I am around a long time too, since 1993, I earn my living by knowing what consumers want and need, accurately predict consumer trends, and keep abreast with daily technology development [not just internet, since it is but a small part of our future, that changes daily].
I am sticking around to see what FF Quantum brings - but right now not holding my breath just yet. I welcome change, change is necessary - but only if it is better than the past. For right now I see a chrome play unfolding. Am just not sure at this point to whom you will appeal most? Of course - granted there are always still newbies coming online looking for a browser.
I will see what is left over from what was until not too long ago my daily and most important tool - Firefox. If it is better [other than speed/that I can get from Waterfox] than what it was [am not talking about the last few months] before when it still was better than any other browser out there. I never used IE, or chrome etc. - yes I have them all installed but only for testing during project development phases. Primary browser always was and still currently is Firefox. Will see if it remains as that.
If you ever read the book or watched “Who moved my Cheese…” then you know that change is good, but it still has to serve up the same solid brand of cheese…