Thursday, February 2, 2006
Not Cool, Mozilla—Not Cool
Let me get one thing straight—I never enable auto-downloads in my software. Sure, I use the feature many applications have to notify me of a new version, but I never turn on the option to go ahead and download it automatically.
Mozilla, from my point of view, you committed a sin. Just now, out of the blue, Firefox popped up a window saying that it had downloaded an update, installed, and was asking me to approve restarting the browser. I’d swear on a stack of Bibles that I did not turn on auto updates. After restarting, I promptly went to the preferences and turned it off. I’m a very visual person, and I would’ve remembered the user interface for that auto-download setting if I had accessed it previously. It was completely new to me.
The conclusion, Firefox’s auto-download-and-install is on by default—at least it was for me.
Very uncool, Mozilla.
Update: judging from the Firefox web site, the auto-update feature was added in version 1.5, so it stands to reason that of course I didn’t see that interface back when I first installed Firefox prior to version 1.5. But there it was in 1.5 and it then shoved 126.96.36.199 at me.
There are several reasons I don’t use Firefox as my primary browser. Add this reason to the list!
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