The goal for this community based project is to create wishlist - which can also be used as a communication platform to get Mozilla Firefox again on the right course. Mozilla can use this to improve their own product; it is up to them to work with. We would like to hear more from the Mozilla Team!
- What we're looking for
- Overview, contributions, license and goal (this page)
- [Why you should use Firefox?](Why Firefox.md)
- Short explanation for beginners on why you should give Firefox a try
What we're looking for
You could help to bring the project a step forward, the community wants you to bring back the best of Firfox. We're looking for people which are graphic artists, in marketing or just supporters or contributors. Everyone with good ideas are welcome.
What is wrong with Firefox?
- Trust is very important which means Mozilla shouldn't install addons in the background without your permission! (backstory) & (original issue ticket)
- Firefox needs a distinct own identity.
- Don't kill the engine or the theming ability.
- WebExtensions will replace Firefox’s powerful extension framework; why not add a workaround for both?
- The default search-engine is horrible and (if Google) is actually based on a competitor, also a web browser maker [ that actually pays for its inclusion ] (Why not DuckDuckGo or StartPage?)
- Give us back the control over the browser and keep it clean and slim as much as possible (also less RAM usage then).
- Give us a setup which allow us to opt-in in the things we want and stop pre-installing stuff like the 'Hello' and 'Pockets' clients.
- Bloat like Pocket has been added. To our knowledge, this is a third-party extension that has been added and uses non-Mozilla servers to store data. Things like this should be left as extensions.
- Google's 'safe-browsing' mechanism is by default enabled, let the user decide to use it or not, each visited page otherwise will be sent back to Google, some user not want to support this.
- Google's 'safe-browsing' mechanism creates cookies on everyone's system. Mozilla claims these cookies are separate but the UI makes no indication of this.
- No ability to sync all about:config tweaks (you need extra opt-in for that) while you get at the same time the ability to search for all modified entries. And description would also be nice, like a popup or link to each entrie and what it does. A filter or colum would also help to mark/show what version the new/old entrie was added/removed.
- Ability to reset about:config related changes on per-app/extension basis.
- Increase the security and adapt faster changes, especially to known reported issue like certificate frauds.
- Fix known vulnerabilities much faster (asap [if possible]). Or have sponsorship programs so that others find/fix them.
- NoScript / uMatrix or uBlock's function could be adopted (or ask/work directly with the developers) to implement it directly since all of the extensions are today 'a must'. Tor Browser showed how it could look, with security sliders and options for 'advanced users'.
- Full support for the Vulkan API on Windows/Linux/MacOS to take advantage of graphics acceleration.
- 'Full sync' not only partial. Some addons/configs create own entries and they not getting synced as long you not explictiy opt-in + FF should get an option to backup/restore the default prefs based on browser version.
What is good?
- Security tests such as seperated and isolated online identities.
- That Mozilla not needs Google anymore
- The theming/customization ability
- Entire tweaking stuff (aka about:config)
- The current extensions interface
- The Tab-System is pretty good and easy to use - especially for beginners
- Generally fast web page downloads (compared to other Browsers)
- Private browsing allows user to surf the internet without recording history or cookies (partial)
- Security, several mechanism are added (but still not as good as it could be)
- It's a developer friendly platform (Jetpack/SDK extensions) around the Browser, Extensions and eMail-program
- Integrated 'Reader Mode' for .pdf files
- Password management and the ability to sync (you also can set-up your own sync sever)
- Still Supports Microsoft Windows XP and theoretically even older systems (backward compatibility) while Chrome not supports it
- An official roadmap is avaible, whish shows upcoming changes.
- Full support for HTTP/2 and TLS 1.3.
Firefox vs. Chrome
- Why use Firefox over Chrome, we didn't want another fork! Mozilla would probably argue that Firefox is unique because it’s made by a non-profit company dedicated to making the web better, rather than big for-profit corporations with their own agendas. It also uses Gecko, a different rendering engine, which hopefully helps preserve web standards through a variety of implementations.
If you have anything to fix or details to add, first file an issue on GitHub to see if it is likely to be accepted, then file a pull request with your change (one Pull Request per issue).
This is not intended to be an open wiki (more overview page), 'we' (the community) want to keep it concise and minimal, but will accept fixes and suitable additions.
See our contributing policy.
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This project not is an official Mozilla page nor does it have relationship with it. It is designed for and by the community.