Be warned folks, TL;DR coming
Ok first I'd like to thank the PM team for the very existence of this browser. I've been using it since Australis was about to be released and some kind soul on the www directed me to it.
It is true that at first I was a little bit "wtf oO" following the update (atom in my case, I'm on an eee pc) then I proceeded to read threads and FAQ entries and I got almost everything working as it was before the update.
After reading the reasons behind the new GUID I am thankful for the direction taken. Provided that PM doesn't pull a Mozilla some day, because I mean, um... we all witnessed where it went, ha. I hope that devs will follow. I see PM's mentality as akin to Android custom ROMs etc. In the end the user is free from the claws of big corporations without having to give up on quality. Besides there's always a way to cook some special things to improve and/or customize the environment, be it core or gadget features. Again, I am grateful for the mentality.
I haven't been here before today so I didn't witness the discussions going in circles but I understand the frustration and being tired of having to deal with everyone's personal views. I feel you guys. ALTHOUGH, from the point of view of a user who hasn't been here before, as I said, it gives a bad feeling to read the way some answers are given. I am far from being an idiot but in all honesty I didn't read the release notes and for a very simple reason: I usually only do when I don't really trust the dev on the validity and content of an update, or when I realize a major version is here and I'm curious as to what goodies it brings with it. I should have read, 100% correct! But I also understand some posts I've read.
Also I don't know you Brushy but wow you seem to have issues with you communication skills! Maybe it is the PR manager in me haha, but it won't hurt anyone if you express your thoughts less aggressively. Quite the opposite, actually. As another frenchie I think part of it may be due to our eternal attitude de râleurs haha, but I think you might want to reflect on this a little bit if you want your message to have some reach and not sound like a rage-y 14 y/o.
Anyway. I don't develop nor do I know a lot about Mozilla's direction since Australis as I simply kicked FF to the curb but I have always been an open source enthusiastic cheerleader *shaking the pom poms* and I suddenly feel kind of reinvigorated to see that even regular people are starting to hear about PM's existence and are interested
in it as a viable alternative. It's like the initial intention of the community (with FF) is still alive despite Mozilla crossing to the dark side. And for keeping the spirit alive after many years I applaud all your efforts guys!