a user's feedback
Being fed up with privacy issues everywhere where the global internet players, like Google, are involved, I finally experimented with Firefox OS on my Nexus S. It was the first time that I did anything to my only phone that could possible have bricked it, so I was nervous. But installing it with the instructions given here (and there) was smooth, and shortly after I had it running. Wo-hoo!
It was running responsively and fast and I liked its design and touch. However, with a heavy heart, I had to roll back. And these are the reasons:
1) The video app crashed everytime instantly upon opening. As a father of a three-year-old, who likes to film his upbringing and watch these films on the phone, this alone was nibbling at me hard.
2) I use my own e-mail server, and it's using self-signed certificates. The e-mail app did not support such certificates. Also, the web interface was not usuable because the browser ignored my clicks to ignore the certificate. So, I could not use my e-mail account on the phone.
As I read that the e-mail issue was being addressed, I tried to build the up to date version for myself. But after hours of running “config nexus-s”, the process seemed to be stuck, at least it was hanging there for hours with no CPU usage and no insight about what it might be doing or waiting for, so I canceled it (tried several times). I then searched for more recent pre-build images for my model, but could not find any.
I am currently rolling back everything to Android, but not happy about it. I am looking forward to trying Firefox OS again with a next version. If anybody has hints for me what I could have done better, it's welcome to me.