Current version: Mozilla Firefox 91.9.0esr
Firefox is a nice web browser on the Librem 5 and is, in my opinion, superior to Epiphany overall. However, there are some caveats using firefox-esr with firefox-esr-mobile-config:
- Surfing the web usually makes the phone run very hot while draining battery rather rapidly
- Some websites seem to think the Librem 5 is a desktop computer and not showing the mobile version (which can be fixed by the addon ‘MobileView Switcher’)
- Url input field is very narrow on an active tab, because it has to share the width with tracker, security and cookie tracker icons as well as the … menu to the right. Makes it difficult to hit the minimal “http…” to enter a new address or search.
- Starting Firefox is rather slow, about 20 secs before a single tab with Duckduckgo has loaded (13-14 secs starting in ‘safe-mode’). As I usually close Firefox when turning screen off due to 1) above, this makes it somewhat inconvenient when just wanting to do e.g. a quick web search etc. In comparison, Epiphany starts in about 7 secs.
But, as I said early on, I still prefer firefox over epiphany when I want to do some more serious web surfing. I also like the ability to integrate
keepassxc with firefox, although firefox has the habit to automatically start keepass every time I start firefox (don’t know how to prevent that).
With that said, I would like to hear about other people’s experience with firefox in particular and other browsers in general on the Librem 5. I also welcome any tips and tricks to make firefox work even better.