I use FF 3.6.20 at home and FF 6 at work (for some automatic update reason unknow to me) and I didn't notice any difference in UI between 3.6 and 6.
Not noticing any changes, I can say I'm not pushed back at all on that subject.
But I don't upgrade at home because I don't want to lose add-ons. That just might happen between 3.6 and 6.
First I would like to state that I would have sent this directly to Mozilla but they have adopted a new policy of only allowing those who have the latest version installed to contact them. You got to ask yourself what is going on at Mozilla these days. Has the board of directors decided it is time to shut down Firefox. The CEO and his management team seem to be totally out of touch with why people choose Firefox. If the user base of Firefox wanted the Google experience they would have just downloaded it. For some reason, the new CEO and his management team seem intent on stuffing the Google experience down their user throats. In March of 2010, Firefox had a 32.9% share of the browser market. By July of 2010, that had climbed to 33.9%. When they released FF4 in March of 2011 that had dropped to 30.1%. Since the release of FF4 they had dropped another 2.8%. The biggest drop came in the month of May 2011 when they lost a full percentage point. You would think that someone at Mozilla would be paying attention to this and realizing that they are on the wrong track. I can only guess at what is going on but for some reason the lost of market share is not deterring them from the path they are on.
My biggest problem with FF4 was how Mozilla introduced us to the browser being the internet cop. They introduced a new cache structure, that in my opinion, only had one purpose. That was to keep the user form being able to go in and examine what was in it. They also started with FF4 breaking up the video and game files to make them useless to the user. Anyone who wishes to read my opinion, and the push back I received from the experts who were insulted by me having the nerve to question why, can read my post on it.
To make matters worst with the release with FF5 and FF6 is that they are
not even caching the video files anymore. They have turned your common
flash videos into streaming video. I did not try any game files on
either of them but I would suspect they are doing the same. Thus they
have completed the journey into making the browser the internet
The bigger push back came from other users who felt the UI ( user interface) was all wrong. Corporate user complained that the new speedy release schedule was causing problems for them. Lets take a second to just reveiw these 2 complaints. The response to the corporate complaints was the most disturbing. They basically said that corporate user was not a concern to them because they were not the target user base that Mozilla was trying to attract.
Then someone at Mozilla realized that was the wrong response and try to walk it back.
The speedy release schedule would not be that bad if you could release a new version that did not introduce more problems. If the add ons could keep up and the plug ins work. Those who are trying to stay faithful to you have been complaining that you got a big problems with stability, add ons and plugins not working. I know why, just ignore these complaints. Wait, that is what your doing anyway.
Someone at Mozilla needs to go and read up on how public relations works. These missteps do not stop there tho. As I mentioned, a lot of the user push back on how the UI had been changed.This, in my humble opinion, was the biggest turn off to the fateful user. I can only guess that someone at Mozilla decide they needed to anger this group even more and have come up with a even more disturbing UI.
After seeing the new UI, I just wanted to cry. What is going on. Did no one at Mozilla realize just how bad the last UI change affected their market share of the browser market. I guess not.
So I will close this out with these final comments. Mozilla, you are dead to me. You chose to turn the browser into a internet cop with the new cache structure and by not caching our video and game files. You chose to insult your corporate base by stating they are not your target user. Then on top of all that you chose to ignore the complaints about the UI and have come out with a even more hideous one. Please go and take some public relation classes and try to understand that when you start to BLEED user that your on the wrong track. At the end of July your share of the browser market broke down to this. 15% were using FF5, 8% was still using 3.6 and the remainder was using FF 3.5 and below. Please pay attention to that 8% number. They are the one who are trying to tell you something. I wonder if you can understand it or will you just keep on the track your on and be left with less then 15% of the market share and they will be your die hard fan boys who would run anything if you just call it Mozilla Firefox.