After discovering about:crashes and Bugzilla, I’ll be ﬁnishing 2010 with some vindication that Firefox is, indeed, a buggy, crash-prone browser.
At Bugzilla, where Firefox bugs are ﬁled, the “unmark purple” bug that has been giving me so much grief over the last few months, which has crashed Firefox up to 11 times a day for me, is crashing the browser a lot.
It’s not the only bug, but it is perhaps the most prevalent one for me.
A gentleman named Gordon Hemsley, who had experienced this bug on an earlier version of Firefox, has uncovered more in the Bugzilla site as I chatted with him about my experiences (my emphases):
In the past week, there have been over 3600 crashes of this sort in 3.6.13 on Windows. In the past month, ~4900.
It does appear that there is a signiﬁcant difference between build 2010113000 and build 2010120300, in terms of the number of crashes, though that may be a result of the disparity between number of users of those builds.
Interestingly, there is a large number of crashes for 3.5.15, and signiﬁcantly smaller for 3.5.16.
Other crashes are related to other aspects of the program. However, there you have it. I’m certainly not alone and there is something wrong with Firefox—never mind the company’s claims about how much more stable the latest ones are. My experience doesn’t gel with that claim, nor does that of many other people, if there are 3,600 crashes of this type per week now. I just seem to be ahead of the curve.