As all know, Mozilla stopped providing security updates to Firefox 2 . Even though there is update option enabled, they prefer not to update for latest Firefox 3 version despite using updated browser keeps users for safe and secured browsing.

Mozilla conducted a survey lead by Ken Kovash and Eric Hergenrader for Firefox 2 users whom have update option enabled and choose not to update to Firefox 3.

In May 2009, Mozilla launched final option for Firefox 2 users to migrate to Firefox 3 via a major update . As some Firefox 2 users updated to Firefox 3 , Firefox 2 users count fallen to 8% from 10%. Mozilla also provided feedback option in major update if ff2 users don’t want to upgrade their browser to FF3.


Out of 5000 readers feedback, 25%  said they are concerned about browsing history in awesome bar they don’t know how to clear it.


firefox 2 to 3 update survey

Here below are some reasons not to update to ff3 said by ff2 users.

1.Unable to clear history from Awesome bar: Ff2 users concerned about browsing history shown in awesome bar and they don’t know the option to clear it or disable it. Hence some downgraded to Firefox 2 from Firefox 3.

It is very easy to disable Firefox 3 awesome bar

read Disabling Firefox3’s "awesomebar"

2.Ff3 memory hog :Firefox 3 eats lot of resources and makes computer run very slower. FF2 users don’t want to run their computer slow despite using ff3. So they choose ff2 over ff3.

3.Add-ons compatibility: Some add-ons that worked in Ff2 may not work with ff3, so they opted to continue to use ff2.

4.UI of ff3 : UI of ff3 not good , the user interface of ff3 looks dark and unable to read.

5.Alphabetical bookmarks :Getting bookmarks sorted alphabetically is difficult in ff3.

6.Crashes more: Ff3 crashes more often even installing it after clean upgrade.

7.Settings lost: When upgraded to ff3 all bookmarks are lost.

8.Developers prefers to keep older version of Firefox  also for testing.

9.Fonts appear bigger unable to fit 2 or 3 websites in window, ff3 does not work on U3 devices. There are even printing problems with ff3 as the text comes scrambled on paper.

Related articles

Please share this article

Tweet | Submit to Reddit