commanderW - 1:54 am on Apr 10, 2013 (gmt 0)
Lucy24 - What you said. The alternative browser. The thinking persons browser :)
I started out on IE for Mac, added Netscape, then on to Safari, added Firefox. It had problems in the early days. But eventually, after interest in web design, I used both Safari and Firefox (because of it's add-ons - developer tools}. Safari for everyday surfing. Firefox became my pick-up truck. Loaded with tools. Now I am using Windows, instead of OS X, and Firefox (because of it's add-ons) almost exclusively.
I just spent the last month customizing Firefox like never before. The add-ons are phenomenal. Bookmark management, download management, developer tools, surfing tools, the list goes on and on. A quick look at Chrome extensions doesn't show quite as advanced a repertoire (yet).
I have just read that Chrome does not allow the complete interface customization that Firefox does, either. After you get into customizing and piling up add-ons, this ability is critical.
So from my personal viewpoint, I think Firefox has a permanent market in the above regards. I keep reading and hearing that Chrome is fast. So was Safari. Faster than Firefox. But it is the extensions and customization that makes it what it is. Chromes newfound popularity could attract more contributors and beat out Firefox someday in this regard. Or people could use Chrome the way I used Safari, and use Firefox like I do, as their 'pick-up truck' for heavy duty.
But Firefox also attracted independent minded users who wanted to avoid using the tools supplied by 'big business'. I don't know where Google sits in this situation. Many pros and cons in user opinions on the giant.
It takes a lot of time and a lot of work to get Firefox tweaked. It's like a hot rod. Spend weekends in the garage/at the desk with it. I am now obsessed with it. I spend more time tweaking it than I do on building web pages.
If anything is going to break Firefox though, it is the constant update schedule that seems to me at least to be accelerating faster than the add-on and theme developers can keep up with. It is the user/developer contributions which have elevated this browser to what it is and I hope it stays there long enough for me to get full use of all the wonderful customizations. I can't get off the internet anymore. It's like having a Ferrari (or maybe a Landrover/sports utility vehicle) that I have to take out on the road, or off-road, every chance I get. In the last 3 months I have come to love using Firefox. I'm even poking around the extension and theme developers web sites (which I really don't have time for :)