I have been a fan of Firefox for a long time and heck, I’ve given plenty of time to Mozilla through the Mozilla Festival over the years. I would regularly use Firefox & Chrome back to back on my Ubuntu laptop, but only firefox on my server (its been the default for Ubuntu for years). Tended to use Chrome for Google type operations like Docs, Spreadsheet, Mindmup, etc. But I started using the Firefox beta after the word got passed around that version 57 (Quantium) was a total rewrite.
Once I tried it, I was blown away! Tweeting…
Wow @mozilla @firefox Quantium is flipping fast! Also picked up my profile from the same machine no problem
— Ian Forrester (@cubicgarden) October 13, 2017
I was so impressed that it picked up my profile, passwords, sync, everything; even when running it from a totally different location. It meant I could just run it and use it – and why not? Its that fast and smooth. There were some addons/extentions which didnt work but most of them I uninstalled when I switch Firefox 53 to multi-threaded mode, so I was already running it pretty lean.
It was all good…as I could switch to old firefox easily enough by just loading that one no problem, not that I did.
It was during Mozfest time, when I got a email asking if it would be ok for Mozilla to use my tweet in a special New York Times double page spread they were planning on launch day. Of course I said sure thinking not much more about it except remembering the moment when Firefox 1.0 launched with the name of all the backers.
Then today, I saw while in Maderia…
Surprising 2-page PRINT ad in NYT for updated @firefox browser (w/ tweet testimonials from @rohansingh & others). Anyone try it yet? pic.twitter.com/qW5AwKiKf5
— sree sreenivasan (@sree) November 15, 2017
It had slipped my mind this was actually going to happen and frankly was quite proud to be one of only seven quoted. Its also not like it was misquoted! I’m acutally writing this blog from my hotel room on Firefox 57 right now. Its still not default yet (firefox 56 currently is), but expecting it will be very soon once Ubuntu update the distro.
Stellar work Mozilla and I love the catchy tagline – Fast for good…