There are a few things that drive me nuts about Firefox. One is the PDF hang (you know what i am talking about). Another is when i open too many tabs and the whole thing just crashes (thus losing the ten blogs i had set aside to read later). But i have to say Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols raises what look like far more pressing concerns here.
While i wouldn’t say the bloom is off the rose, it is clear that the hard work starts now for Firefox, in terms of resourcing, “business model” and so on. It will be interesting to see what major vendors step in as a sugar daddy (most successful open source projects have a sugar daddy or two to keep things ticking over, think IBM and Linux, or Sun and Star Office, or even SAP and MySQL). Now Google, as we know, is already paying some Firefox salaries, but who else is coming to provide resource? I have a sneaky feeling Intel might step up to the plate. The stories i am hearing indicate the firm is more aggressive about requiring ISVs to support Firefox than most firms. Or perhaps IBM can kick in some of its 100m Linux desktop investment.
One way or another I think Firefox has a bright future. It will find the resources required to compete on patching and install. It will keep IE on the treadmill… but that’s not to say it won’t have to odd out of breath moment; it is running pretty damn fast.