August 18th, 2011, 21:11 PM
Mozilla to drop Firefox version number, sparks backlash
Mozilla's decision to strip the version number from Firefox's "About" dialog box has been greeted by a nearly unanimous thumbs down, according to a lengthy, and at times heated, debate on a company discussion list.
The pushback was the second in as many months against Mozilla, which found itself the center of a late-June controversy over its apparent lack of interest in enterprise customers.
Asa Dotzler, a director of Firefox, explained why Mozilla was dumping the version number.
"We're moving to a more Web-like convention where it's simply not important what version you're using as long as it's the latest version," said Dotzler on a thread in the mozilla.dev.usability discussion group on Sunday. "We have a goal to make version numbers irrelevant to our consumer audience."
For the most part, users aren't happy with the change, with many of them basing their complaints on the fact that for decades virtually all software has identified its version number in an About box.
Others contested Dotzler's point that everything was moving to a "more Web-like convention," noting that unlike a Web-based application such as Gmail or Facebook, Firefox is stored locally on each user's computer and as such should comply with traditional practices, including displaying the version in About.
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