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10.04 LTS (Lucid Lynx) Release Candidate (Apr 22, 2010)
I'm a full time Ubuntu user on a personal level now. I no longer trust or use Microsoft or any other vendor (Google, Apple, etc) other than open source providers to store personal data. yay!
I'm a Microsoft IT Admin for 15 years, too!
3.6.4 Beta 1 (Apr 20, 2010)
On a 3+ year old system upgraded with a 1.5 year old processor, 4 GiB RAM, Firefox is using 90 MiB after 1 hour of use. I've visited about 60 sites, have 6 extensions installed, and have used it heavily. I use Firefox constantly. I wouldn't mind if it used 10x the memory it uses now. After all, *that is what memory is for.*
CPU wise I can't get it to crack 10% unless I load say a video on youtube. It then cracks about 30-40% in 1080p. Again, this is what I expect. I'm not running the latest and greatest hardware here, so I know it only gets better with better hardware.
I do have a concern with the new plugin-container process. I never had issues with plug-ins previously. Why would I want a process simply to monitor the behavior of the plug-in? If a plug-in crashes on a particular site, I simply no longer visit the site. My plug-ins are more important across all the sites I visit than the sites I visit. Thankfully I don't see crashes with plug-ins. I removed java years ago from my personal systems because it's simply too insecure and bloated. I am seriously considering removing Flash, because I do want to progress the standards-based ideals of html5. But for now it stays, lazy I suppose.
4.7 stars, rounded up to 5.
5.0.375.9 Beta (Apr 19, 2010)
So you have a sandbox to prevent security exploits, but exploit writers worked around that sandbox (quite easily) and it's still insecure.
You have a development browser that is crashy and therefor you scare away quite a few hardcore geeks. The browser claims only a single tab will drop, but in reality NO TABS should drop, ever. Firefox doesn't crash, ever, unless you have some untested plug-in.
The plug-ins that do exist, well, they just aren't as polished or as functional as Firefox. For example element hiding happens after the pages have loaded already. Plug-ins also slow the browser down quite a bit more than Firefox+Plug-ins.
An update system that at first glance seems convenient: I don't have to ever update this, it happens automatically. The downside is people use a browser for critical work, and what happens when Google force pushes an update that breaks your page? Hasn't happened yet? It may one day. Users (but more importantly businesses) need the option to stay insecure and test before just getting a push of a browser.
All in all I like the speed and UI, but there are too many rough edges for me to use day-to-day.
6 Update 20 (Apr 15, 2010)
Actually just uninstalled this two days ago. Here we go again!
12.02 (Apr 15, 2010)
Yeah I can't get it to replace taskmgr. Oh well.
12.02 (Apr 22, 2010 - 3:14 PM)
Google, Microsoft, and Facebook are not entities I would ever trust hosting my personal or professional data on, ever again. I believe that users will eventually come to realize this, through a LOT of pain and hardship.
12.02 (Apr 21, 2010 - 7:40 PM)
Great so we have three of the least secure entities on the planet with regards to privacy protection collaborating. This will turn out well.
12.02 (Apr 20, 2010 - 6:53 PM)
Hey I'm not complaining either way. I'm aware of Apple's limited hardware platform, but they get sleep right. It works well and pretty much always has. Microsoft gets developers right.
I've been dealing with sleep issues since W2K, and it still isn't fixed. Microsoft helped write the ACPI spec, btw, and it provides driver signing for 64-bit Windows 7, so they *can* share the blame.
My thoughts are it is video driver or USB driver for the attached webcam. System stability on this particular system is more important than saving power, so sleep is disabled.
12.02 (Apr 20, 2010 - 6:49 PM)
How does one disable this useless feature? My firefox doesn't crash, period, so I really don't need it.
Reminds me of the many times on an old vista build did I saw "End task "shutting down windows?""
12.02 (Apr 20, 2010 - 6:43 PM)
It is interesting to see the path of this company. Eventually it will not be able to ride "cool" anymore when it starts to really enable draconian measures to retain customers. I mean with Microsoft you have a few Office formats that are easily transferrable to other programs. Music, boy, what will people do when they can't pull away from Apple as easy as it is with Microsoft or Google?