Looks like the developers are making some progress in getting the Java Applet based crashes with Firefox 8.0.1 on Mac under control. The latest news on bug 705931 is the crashes have stopped by increasing the default plugin cache size from ’10’ to ’50’. They are having other users testing this out before a patch is posted. If patch is successful, I am not certain if it is going to be pushed out to Mac users as firedrill release (Firefox 8.0.2) or part of the Firefox 9.0 release on December 20th. This is a ‘critical’ bug as sites with Java based menu systems will cause Firefox 8.0.1 to crash. However, it is also less than two weeks from the next regular update. Stay tuned..