Mozilla's Firefox 89 is a return to form for the open source browser. Find out what about this latest iteration helped it to return as Jack Wallen's browser of choice.
I'm not going to lie: on Linux, I've been using the Opera Browser as my default for some time—even though the browser brings along with it a few frustrations. For the past few months, when working with a document in Google Docs, it would randomly devour system resources, thereby bringing the browser (and the desktop) to a screeching halt. Also, media displayed on some social media sites refused to play without a fix.
Even with those headaches, I stuck with it. Why? One feature, and one feature alone—Workspaces. Opera does Workspaces to perfection, like no other browser. In fact, the Opera take on Workspaces is so far beyond what all other browsers offer, there's no telling what kind of hurdles I was willing to overcome to keep working with that proprietary browser.
That's right, Mozilla finally did it. They cleaned up the open source browser's act and gave it new life. What's ironic about this is I was convinced to switch back to Firefox as my default, not after installing Firefox on my System76 Thelio desktop (running Pop!_OS Linux), but after installing it on my M1 MacBook Pro.