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I don't see how it's short sighted. Long time Firefox user here and the extensions I depend upon Just Work (TM). The few remaining ones like NoScript are being worked on. I find it absurd when users of a handful of extensions claim "it's all thanks to us that you're successful, you'd better keep our sacred cow alive or we'll make everyone switch to Chrome". Here's the thing, I'm a power user too, and in the past I've installed modern browsers for friends and family who didn't know better. But by now, most of these casual users use Chrome because it's fast. The way to appeal to these users is to make a browser that's lighter and faster. That's how I can make a pitch to my friends to use Firefox again - "hey why don't you just use the browser that loads quicker and uses less memory?" That's something they'll listen to, rather than "hey why don't you use this incredibly modifiable browser that allows you to disable JS if you want to?"

Look, I get it. You have your extensions and you don't want to see them go away. But you're a tiny niche and even other power users don't use these extensions that you find essential. Certainly the vast majority of users rarely install extensions at all. Mozilla is doing the right thing and an entire thread praising the performance of the latest version vindicates their approach.




Why not just give the NEW browser that is incompatible but faster a different brand name? Why is the NEW browser not based on Servo? The potential new users don't know Firefox anyway, and the current user that still use Firefox despite Firefox-tech-standstill for like 5 years (multi-process is coming next year, we promise) are power user who customized it heavily (and deactivated phone-home/telemetry). Microsoft made the same mistake, same rabbit hole.

Where is the next Servo based browser? Instead of refactoring the 20year old mess (with COM and XML), the should focus 99% on Rust and Servo, and finally release a stable build with a lightweight HTML5 UI (Vivaldi).


> Why not

Well, you answered your own question. Clearly they have a userbase that will stay with them out of inertia or loyalty. These users can now benefit from the improvements in the latest release. If they released a new browser, few people if any would try it out because of inertia. The lack of users would kill the product pretty quickly.

Of course, some users who rely on old addons will be left behind, but they have the option to use Firefox Extended Support Release, which will get security updates. Eventually the extensions situation will sort itself out and these few users can move to the main release.


> Where is the next Servo based browser?

That's Firefox. Many of the components in Firefox 57 are taken from Servo.




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