In search of a stable Firefox: The Bon Echo edition
Firefox has this irritating issue that pops up during every other point release. Every now and then, it will just freeze up on you, and in case of the Mac even the OS at times, and bring all your browsing to a standstill. I have had moderate success with getting rid of this by disabling certain extensions, but the problem just refuses to go away.
The last release that I had used on Windows 18.104.22.168 had the same problem and unfortunately it followed me all the way to the new Mac and no amount of tweaking or coaxing would fix it. It got so frustrating that I ended up looking for other options like Camino and Safari, but could just not get around the idea of having a life without my choice of extensions.
It was on this quest that I finally decided to give one of the nightly builds a try to take advantage of the newer checked in code and accidentally downgraded to the 1.8.13 version before finding the Bon Echo 22.214.171.124 pre build and slapped it on and it has been a much improved show this far.
The freeze ups have disappeared totally, while I am glad to report that all my extensions are working quite fine. Now all that remains to be seen is if it ends up hitting the same old problem of crash reports every time I would restart Firefox.