I hear you. And again I re-iterate, that sending a t-shirt to Canada and being expected to pay over $70 for something that couldn't cost more than $15 is little more than a rip-off as well. Mozilla really needs to get its act together if they expect to maintain user loyalty.
Getting back to the intent of the thread... doing away with version numbers is asinine. Having Chrome ask before running Java applets is a security measure Mozilla needs to emulate. And this portion of the article is pertinent as well. Evidently Dotzler was reported as saying:
"When a user opens the About window for Firefox, the window should say something like "Firefox checked for updates 20 minutes ago, you are running the latest release ... If a user needs the full version information they can get it from about:support."
The writer of the article says:
"I've used Firefox for years and had no idea there was a hidden "about:support" page.
To me, this is symptomatic of user interface problems with Firefox. Frankly, I found the redesign introduced with version 4 a step back, not forward."
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