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My top 5 Firefox/Thunderbird annoyances

Written on 2007-08-15.

Firefox is constantly gaining marked share (especially here in Europe) and it's little not-yet-so-popular brother Thunderbird is evolving too. While I'm happy that they're contributing their part to bring Free Software to the masses, I'm concerned that the quality of their software (especially Firefox under Linux) has decreased in the last months.

Here are my top 5 annoyances for Firefox and Thunderbird. Some of them only apply to Debian's version others are more visible on my fairly old and "slow" (1.5GHz/512MiB) Laptop than on current and therefor faster machines:

Firefox

Thunderbird

While I'm still happy with Thunderbird (or Iceddove as we call it here) I'm really searching for an alternative to Firefox (Iceweasel). Unfortunately there is currently no alternative available which fits all my needs. Firefox has two extensions no other browser seems to provide and without which I wouldn't want to work anymore (I wonder if that was a proper English sentence...):

While other browsers have some ad-blocking functionality too, they all seem to lack the filter set updater. The next best alternatives are Konqueror and Epiphany but besides the lack of the above features every one of them has it's own little quirks which doesn't really motivate me to make the switch yet. But Konqueror is making progress and I'm really looking forward to KDE4 which will hopefully bring a usable web browser so I can finally get rid of Firefox.

Update: Ooops, I nearly forgot my favorite pet annoyance of Firefox under Linux: Why does it have to insult the user's eyes with this ugly toolkit when drawing check boxes, line edits, buttons etc? Firefox under Windows paints stuff like that according to Windows' current theme, Konqueror under Linux as well, but what does Firefox for years?

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