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 in a thread in the mozilla.dev.usability discussion group.
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. We have a goal to make version numbers irrelevant to our consumer audience. – Asa Dotzler, Product Manager for the Firefox
The topic was obviously of interest to many users. As of mid day Wednesday, the thread contained over 240 messages, an enormous number for a Mozilla discussion group.
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.
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