2009

Firefox in 2010

Hard to believe we’re only a couple days from 2010. So what does that mean for Firefox? For starters, Firefox 3.6 will NOT be released in 2009 (no big surprise here). Now for 2010 things are going to get a bit interesting: Firefox 3.6 (Gecko 1.9.2)  — Early January 2010 Firefox 3.7  “Lorentz” (Gecko 1.9.3)  — March 2010 to Mid 2010 Mulit-Process Plugins (Out of process plugins (OOPP), or the ability to run browser plugins (like Flash, Silverlight, Gears) on their own process to enhance stability and prevent application crashes when a plugin goes belly up) Unintrusive Updater (Updates which…

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Hide Menu Bar in Firefox 3.6

For those needing more screen space, starting with the Beta 5 Release of Firefox 3.6, Windows users can now hide the Menu Bar. To hide the Menu Bar, right-click on an empty area in the toolbars and uncheck Menu Bar to hide. If you need to access the menu bar, simply press the ALT key and the menu bar will re-appear temporarily. Firefox 3.5 users can also hide their Menu Bar, but will need an extension such as Personal Menu or Compact Menu 2 (note: I have not used either of these extensions so I can not say if one…

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Fix YouTube ‘Jumpiness’ In Firefox

Some users may have noticed that YouTube videos can be slightly ‘jumpy’ in Firefox. Cain’t say I have or have not noticed this issue, may be I just thought it was normal. Anyway this problem started with Firefox 2 which introduced the Session Restore feature. Many users, myself included, visit YouTube on an almost daily basis. Ever since Firefox version 2.0 implemented the session restore function, when you are watching a video on YouTube (perhaps on other video sites as well, I haven’t really tested that), you may notice a tiny freeze-up of the video every 10 seconds or so….

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Firefox Release Recap: December Week 4

Just Released Firefox 3.0.16 – December 15th Firefox 3.5.6 – December 15th Firefox 3.6b5 – December 17th Schedule this Coming Week None Future Release Firefox 3.0.17 – January 5, 2010 Firefox 3.5.7 – January 5, 2010 Firefox 3.0.18 – February 2, 2010 Firefox 3.5.8 – February 2, 2010 Firefox 3.6 – TBA Firefox 3.7 – TBA

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Firefox 3.5 is world’s most popular browser

Firefox 3.5 is world’s most popular browser, StatCounter says Mozilla Firefox 3.5 has passed up Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 to become the world’s most popular Web browser, according to analysis firm StatCounter. Depending on your point of view, this could be huge news. Firefox finally edging out IE7 as the most-used browser? Holy cow. But remember, Microsoft is up to Internet Explorer 8, and StatCounter reported nearly as many IE8 users as Firefox 3.5 users. Source: The Microsoft Blog

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Firefox Release Recap Week 3

Just Released Firefox 3.0.16 – December 15th Firefox 3.5.6 – December 15th Firefox 3.6b5 – December 17th Schedule this Coming Week None Future Release Firefox 3.0.17 – January 5, 2010 Firefox 3.5.7 – January 5, 2010 Firefox 3.0.18 – February 2, 2010 Firefox 3.5.8 – February 2, 2010 Firefox 3.6 – TBA Firefox 3.7 – TBA

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Firefox 3.6 Beta 5 Released

Mozilla Released Beta 5 of Firefox 3.6 late Thursday afternoon. The Beta of Firefox 3.6 / Gecko 1.9.2 introduces several new features for users to evaluate: Support for the HTML5 File API A change to how third-party software integrates with Firefox to increase stability. The ability to run scripts asynchronously to speed up page load times. Users can now change their browser’s appearance with a single click, with built in support for Personas. Firefox 3.6 will alert users about out of date plugins to keep them safe. Open, native video can now be displayed full screen, and supports poster frames….

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Firefox 3.5.6 Released

Firefox 3.5.6 was released on December 15th. See complete Release Notes for full details. Auto-updates should be occurring in the next 24-48 hours, otherwise users may get the latest update by going to Help menu and selecting Check For Updates. Also, a reminder from Mozilla Developer Network, If you’re still using Firefox 2.0.0.x, this version is no longer supported and contains known security vulnerabilities. Please upgrade to Firefox 3.5 by downloading Firefox 3.5.6 from www.firefox.com.

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