Has Firefox jumped the shark?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by kirkbross, Jul 27, 2009.

  1. kirkbross macrumors 6502a


    Mar 6, 2007
    Los Angeles
    There may be similar threads already, but I have found over the past year that Firefox (for Mac OS at least) has gotten consistently slower and more glitchy. It's a drag to get all my cookies and passwords and bookmarks transfered, but I'm considering going to Safari full time.

    Anyone else share this view?
  2. KevinC macrumors member

    Apr 21, 2008
    Chandler, AZ
    I've been on OS X for a little over a year. I've never been tempted to go the Firefox route at all.. Safari works that well for me. And the latest incarnation is lightning-fast. Give Safari a shot, I think you'll be pleased.
  3. UngratefulNinja macrumors 68000


    May 9, 2009
    I used to love Firefox but it's completely unuseable to me anymore. Now I admit, I'm on an old, weak ibook (512 mb :eek:) but Safari handles it just fine. I opened up and updated Firefox yesterday because I wasn't able to view a website on Safari and it took me 20 minutes to do anything because FF kept freezing and I was getting the spinning mouse symbol, etc. Crazy! I'm very glad I switched to Safari last year.
  4. Amdahl macrumors 65816

    Jul 28, 2004
    I prefer Safari on PPC as well, but the behavior you saw from Firefox is not normal. Make sure Firefox is not running.(Quit from Firefox menu) In your Home (Finder: Go menu, Home), open Library. Open Caches. Trash Firefox.

    From Library again, open Application Support. Trash Firefox.

    This will delete all your cookies, bookmarks, etc.
  5. UngratefulNinja macrumors 68000


    May 9, 2009
    Thanks! I didn't think it seemed normal either. I'll give it a shot :)
  6. sidewinder macrumors 68020


    Dec 10, 2008
    Northern California
    I much prefer Firefox to Safari on my 8 core Mac Pro. Firefox 3.5 is very fast and I utilize many of the extensions available. Safari is fine, but Firefox is more feature rich and extensible.

  7. sukanas macrumors 6502a


    Nov 15, 2007
    i went FF for awhile, went back to safari 4, glad made the switch
  8. zflauaus macrumors 65816

    Nov 19, 2004
    Firefox 3.5 works great for me with extensions installed while Safari 4 takes a good 5 seconds to get out of a BBoD cycle that happens every time it starts up. Thus, Firefox it is for me.
  9. Cinder6 macrumors 6502


    Jul 9, 2009
    I'm not too found of Firefox anymore. Got tired of it near the end of v3.0's life, after using it religiously since v0.8. No particular reason, really--it's just as great as it always was, but I feel like other browsers have surpassed it. I loved the Safari 4 beta, but the release redacted one of my favorite features (tabs on top), plus it runs slower. And using it for any length of time makes it run like molasses. So I moved to Stainless, which...doesn't do that. I just wish it had topsites.

    On Windows, I use Chrome.
  10. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Hardly any problems at all with Firefox for the last 4 some-odd years. Safari is marginally faster, but the terrible UI and various annoyances are more than enough to keep me away.
  11. Matek macrumors 6502a

    Jun 6, 2007
    I've been using FF since I got my Mac and it works without problems. 3.5 is very fast too, the only thing I think works better in Safari is the scrolling, it seems somehow smoother for some reason. Other than that, Safari is the IE of OS X - a default browser whose average user has low IT knowledge and/or low demands. Adoption numbers seem to support that claim too.

    What you're experiencing definitely isn't Firefox simply getting slower, it's some kind of a problem you should resolve.
  12. RedTomato macrumors 68040


    Mar 4, 2005
    .. London ..
    FF 3.0 was a bit slow, but FF 3.5 is much faster. I use it on all my machines. Safari 4 is also very nice.

    FF default title bar annoys me, I always add an extension to change it back to the old behaviour of the 2.x series.
  13. MacAndy74 macrumors 65816

    Mar 19, 2009
    When I used Windows I world swear by Firefox.
    But now, I've tried using Firefox on my MBP and just don't like Firefox. Prefer Safari by a mile. To me and I could be wrong, Firefox feels scrappy / rushed maybe even rough. Please don't see my post as a 'fan' post etc. I just fell out of love with Firefox when I switched to :apple:
  14. spillproof macrumors 68020


    Jun 4, 2009
    To me every release after beta4 went downhill. I updated to very beta of 3.5 and I found that the last beta, 4 was the best. They were quick to release the .1 update, which imo made things slower. Regardless there are things that FF can naturally do that Safari can't in which I am lost with out. Safari is still in my dock for the times FF doesn't want to work though. =/
  15. arkitect macrumors 603


    Sep 5, 2005
    Bath, United Kingdom
    I use Firefox all the time.

    Perhaps I should give Safari a go again… I just find Firefox extensions pretty useful.
  16. kasakka macrumors 68000

    Oct 25, 2008
    I can't get into Safari at all. It doesn't do anything the way I like it.

    Firefox on the other hand has been good to me since version 3. I didn't care for it in v2 because it was noticeably slower than Opera, but especially now in 3.5 it's fast enough and the extension support is great. It's still not the fastest browser around, but it's the best all-around choice IMO.
  17. sommls macrumors member

    Sep 7, 2008
    Another argument concerns how deeply you are into the apple ecosystem.

    The extension support for Firefox is clearly superior to Safari, but I have been sucked in by the convenience of something as simple as simultaneous synchronization of my browser bookmarks, addresses, and calendars on MBP, MacPro, and iPhone via MobileMe.

    Sure, it can be done with Google+Dropbox+Firefox etc, but synchronization to me is still something that requires tweaking time that I'd rather spend thinking about other issues.
  18. QCassidy352 macrumors G4


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    Same here. That's the main reason I use safari over FF, but I think both have become great browsers at this point.
  19. sn0warmy macrumors 6502a


    Mar 26, 2009
    Denver, CO
    I used firefox for years. But when Safari 4 was released I switched tot hat and haven't looked back since. It's faster, appears to run more natively, and it's more stable.
  20. kasakka macrumors 68000

    Oct 25, 2008
    You can use the Xmarks addon in FF to sync your bookmarks and passwords to any machine. There's even a version for Safari and you don't have to pay for something like MobileMe. Obviously it doesn't sync the addresses and calendars tho.
  21. kingcrowing macrumors 6502a


    May 24, 2004
    Burlington, VT
    Yeah I use Xmarks with firefox, that's my biggest reason for using it on PC, but I use Safari+xmarks on my mac and think it's a lot smoother than FF
  22. clevin macrumors G3


    Aug 6, 2006
    u just need a new profile.

    transfer password is quite easy. manual, or addon. cookie should not be transferred.

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