I have been using Firefox for years, however not on a very regular basis.
I'm using it 2-3 times per week, and I am under the impression that a new update is available every time I open firefox.
More often than not, I will disregard this update. But regularly I install the update in hope that it will stop prompting me for an update at every startup.
But today was too much. After installing the last update, I have no internet access on Firefox. No internet page will load. I can browse within the few existing tabs that I had already open, but I cannot open a new tab and use it. I can only click on links within the tabs that work.
Firefox also pinned itself to the taskbar without asking my permission.
I don't care about firefox not working, I have one or two other browsers. This is purely to help improve the product with feedback.
WE DO NOT CARE about constant updates with benefit that we have no idea about. And especially when these updates will just lead to breaking things that previously worked.
The problem is rampant in the IT industry, but with Firefox it's really exacerbated. Please stop doing it so much.
The best solution ? If there is an option to disable auto update (or even suggesting to update) : tick it by default.
But apparently the solution to disable that is very time consuming and technical, by going to regedit. Do you think most users are going to do this, or just stop using Firefox for another browser that works without bothering them so much ?
I agree. Firefox has way too many updates. Almost every time I open Firefox there is an update. Out of all of the browsers I use (which also include Chrome, Edge, Safari, Opera, DuckDuckGo, Brave, Vivaldi), Firefox seems to update the most. There needs to be a way for the user to disable or reduce these updates, if Firefox insists on providing updates so often.
Are you sure you don't talk about Nightly or Beta versions? I mean main version may be as well updated kind of often sometimes, but not on a regular basis: