r/technology – Firefox security update looks to make getting online safer than ever


Switched to Waterfox quite a few years ago, myself. There were a bunch of things with the main Firefox that led me down that road.

I think the two big ones was I couldn’t get tabs on the bottom and the new tab page had sponsored content or something, and getting a blank new tab page was made rather difficult and needed an addon. For a while I was able to hack userchrome.css to force the tabs on the bottom but eventually having to do that every few updates started to annoy me. I shouldn’t have to do that. Also it stopped working at one point, which is when I started to look at forks. I think at the time I heard the plan was to excise userchrome.css entirely and basically remove the ability for users to actually customize what Firefox looks like to any great degree.

I think the biggest thing at the time was Firefox seemed like it was really trying to emulate Chrome. If I wanted to use Chrome, I wouldn’t be using Firefox, would I? The entire reason I liked Firefox was because it didn’t have the design that chrome did, a lot of which I disagreed with as UX.

There were also a few addons that decided to completely re-invent themselves which I did not like the changes to, NoScript in particular. The new interface is confusing and weird to me. I think it could be improved a lot with better icons. I always have to hover to find out what they represent, but the NoScript author has their own design goals in mind I suppose.


Switched to Waterfox quite a few years ago, myself. There were a bunch of things with the main Firefox that led me down that road.

I think the two big ones was I couldn’t get tabs on the bottom and the new tab page had sponsored content or something, and getting a blank new tab page was made rather difficult and needed an addon. For a while I was able to hack userchrome.css to force the tabs on the bottom but eventually having to do that every few updates started to annoy me. I shouldn’t have to do that. Also it stopped working at one point, which is when I started to look at forks. I think at the time I heard the plan was to excise userchrome.css entirely and basically remove the ability for users to actually customize what Firefox looks like to any great degree.

I think the biggest thing at the time was Firefox seemed like it was really trying to emulate Chrome. If I wanted to use Chrome, I wouldn’t be using Firefox, would I? The entire reason I liked Firefox was because it didn’t have the design that chrome did, a lot of which I disagreed with as UX.

There were also a few addons that decided to completely re-invent themselves which I did not like the changes to, NoScript in particular. The new interface is confusing and weird to me. I think it could be improved a lot with better icons. I always have to hover to find out what they represent, but the NoScript author has their own design goals in mind I suppose.

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