Y U No Use Firefox?
Every once in a while, I feel bad for not using the only remaining truly open-source browser: Firefox.
Opera is my go-to browser, but that’s been bought up by the Chinese, right? So far, things haven’t changed but who knows what’s going on under the hood? Chrome is a decent testing browser, but offers me nothing better than Opera and its memory profile is, for whatever reason, consistently worse. I’m a very happy Opera user.
Still, Firefox is, in version 57, supposedly much faster and uses less memory, finally putting it on-par with the other browsers. Cool. Let’s check it out.
Y U no speak English?
I start Firefox and it thinks I want to speak German. It’s a mistake more than a few applications make. My location is Switzerland, but the language of my operating system is English. Why does Firefox choose German instead of English? It’s not alone, but it’s a boneheaded mistake—if you’re going to make a guess, then guess the language I’ve chosen for my whole operating system.
No problem, though. I’ll just go find the setting where I can change the UI language.
Y U no have UI-language setting?
I guess I’ll just click through every page of the settings, hoping to find the language settings.
Damn, I can’t even find the area where I could change the list of preferred languages for web pages.
Y U no Upgrade?
Wait, how the heck do I figure out which version of Firefox this is? Let me type
about:. Oh, that doesn’t work anymore. Back to the kind-of confusing menu on the right-hand side. None of those little pictures look right … maybe if I click “help”? Ah, there it is.
Apparently, I have an update pending. I’m surprised that wasn’t more prominently displayed.
Restart Firefox to apply updates.
I have a new start page and new settings! Now I can find the list of preferred languages for web pages, but still nothing about the UI language.
Y U no Helping?
I find the article Firefox in your language? Here’s the tutorial. Apparently, it’s possible without re-installation, for which I suppose I should be grateful…but there’s a tutorial. Sounds ominous.
I have to install an add-on. Whatever. I’ve already sunk enough time; let’s get this done.
I jump to the link provided for language packs and the one for English is right at the top.
It was already a long-enough slog to get here in the first place, but now I find out that it’s not even possible to change the language of my browser’s UI without re-installing? Or that I get to “Download anyway” and take my chances?
Once again, I admit defeat and stop using Firefox. Who cares how fast it is when the user experience is still so balky? It continues to feel like an unpolished product.