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Firefox 7.01 on Release Channel

October 1, 2011 1 comment

So a new version of Firefox has landed on the Release channel, and already we see the first dot release,  to 7.0.1 – to resolve a bug with Add-On visibility.

We’ve identified an issue in which some users may have one or more of their add-ons hidden after upgrading to the latest Firefox version, affecting both desktop and mobile. These add-ons and their data are still intact and haven’t actually been removed.

blog.mozilla.com/addons

If you’ve had this problem, the upgrade should resolve it. The Add-Ons blog has a link to a tool to resolve the issue if the upgrade doesn’t.

Beta, Aurora, Nightly

So Beta Channel is now at 8.b1, Alpha Aurora Channel is offering 9.0a2 and strange versioning continues over at Firefox Nightly, offering up 9.0a1 – a depreciated build?

Read the official Release Notes for yourself here.

Aurora – The Future of Firefox

September 17, 2011 Leave a comment

Firefox - Aurora

Mozilla now offer 4 versions of their popular web browser software, with increasing levels of sophisticated new technology, interface design and developer tools, but at the expense of stability and compatibility.

Nightly, Aurora, Beta, Release

So the available builds are categorised according to their suitability for general release – the current Nightly is untested and raw, and in time becomes Aurora; and so the current Aurora becomes the next Beta and the current Beta becomes the Release version, available to everyone as Firefox – stable, patched. Software fit for a production environment.

Mozilla aim to do this every 6 weeks.

Every 6 Weeks

So from Aurora to Beta to Release is 12 weeks, or about 3 months. Currently, the Nightly build is at version 9.0, Aurora is at version 8.0, the Beta is 7.0 and Release is 6.0.2

Aurora

Let me just quickly say, if you’re still a bit confused with the Firefox releases, and don’t know which version you should run, then my advice would be to head on over to Firefox.com and download the version offered to you. This is the Release version – the most stable, most tested and most recent.

The other builds –  Nightly, Aurora, Beta – they’re for geeks, for those who like their internet cutting-edge. Want Nightly, Aurora or Beta for your Android device? Check out system requirements, compatible handsets and find downloads here.

Add-Ons Manager

A new interface and new way of handling Add-Ons is introduced. When an add-on is installed from outside of Firefox, the add-on is disabled by default, and requires explicit authorisation from the user to activate.

they can slow down Firefox start-up and page loading time, they clutter the interface with toolbars that often go unused, they lag behind on compatibility and security updates, and most importantly, they take the user out of control of their add-ons.

http://blog.mozilla.com/addons/2011/08/11/strengthening-user-control-of-add-ons

MemShrink

The MemShrink side project aims to reduce the memory usage of Firefox. Lower memory usage means a faster experience, as the overheads for paging and caching are reduced.

One nice thing about this feature is that it gives technically-oriented users a way to tell which web sites are causing high memory usage.  This may help with perception, too;  people might think “geez, Facebook is using a lot of memory” instead of “geez, Firefox is using a lot of memory”.

http://blog.mozilla.com/nnethercote/2011/07/06/memshrink-progress-week-3/

Developer Tools

Including Telemetry, Web timing spec, Azure Direct2D for Canvas and increased HTML5 and CSS3 support, including media elements and custom right click menus. Want to know more about the new developer tools?

Current HTML 5 Support

I’m already impressed with the HTML 5 support in the Release version of Firefox, when the rest of the web catches up, sites will be dynamic and media rich beyond our wildest imaginations.

Firefox 9 64-bit Released on Nightly..

September 12, 2011 Leave a comment

So the main Firefox build, currently v6.0.2, is still only available as a 32-bit exe on Windows.

But feel like treading the alpha infested waters of Nightly, and version 9 in full 64-bit form can be downloaded.
Version numbers for Nightly builds are not always accurate.

Nightly Build

So the Nightly build is the most recent code, the alpha stages of the next Firefox; the basis of the next RC. Nightly’s are released without any testing.

It very clearly states on the site that the binaries are for testing purposes only, but I’ve not had a problem with Plug-In or Add-On incompatibility, and no crashes yet.
If you do important work, you know not to install it on your main Dev machine..

And it looks the same as v6, and v5. To be honest, since they went crazy with the naming, I haven’t actually noticed anything new over the v4 release.. But v9 will one day have a brand new User Experience.

About Nightly 9.01a

x86-64

So, if like me, you have a 64-bit version of windows, and you want to run 64-bit versions of your software, at the risk of instability, go ahead and download and install a Nightly build.
If you have a 32-bit system, I say stick to the stable Firefox releases, or the slightly less stable betas.

v9 doesn’t really provide anything over v5 or v6, but it’s native.

Quidco App for Android Updated – v1.0.8

September 3, 2011 Leave a comment

A new version of the Quidco App for Android has been released to the Android market.

v1.0.8

Quidco App Updated

This update resolves the following issues.

  1. fixed crash when map location shown on Motorola devices
  2. fixed category icons not displaying on some devices
  3. fixed gender toggle style on settings page
  4. fixed gambling/adult style on settings page
  5. fixed error feedback messages on settings page
  6. fixed filters not retaining previously set state
  7. potential fix for crash when loading maps on some devices
  8. potential fix for crash when viewing vouchers on some devices
  9. added greyed out checkbox to filter page to make filters more clear
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Firefox 4 Beta 12

February 26, 2011 Leave a comment

Click for Firefox 4 Beta site

The Beta 12 of Firefox 4 is now officially available, click the image above or visit the firefox beta site to get it.

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Firefox 4 beta 13 pre available on Nightly.. Or Not.

February 24, 2011 Leave a comment

The official Firefox 4 beta offering is still at beta 11, but head on over to the nightly build.. and it’s showing as beta 13 pre – so does this mean beta 12 is done, and will be available soon?

Firefox Beta 13 pre on Nightly Build..

Yes and No.. Remember, there is no fixed schedule for the release of Beta 12..
In an statement on the Google group Mozilla.Dev.Planning, Christian Legnitto, Firefox Release Manager, says beta 13 is a versioning bug..

No Beta 13..

Firefox 4 Approaches RC?

February 23, 2011 Leave a comment

7 patches to RC?

In a twitter post by Dotzler, Director of Community Development, Mozilla Corp, it looks like the beta 12 release of firefox 4, which is currently available as a pre release from the nightly build, will go live soon.
You can read in the the Beta Schedule that beta 11 had 14 serious bugs, but click the link, and there seem to be zero outstading..

Ship eleventh revision of beta, with more betaN+ hardblockers fixed (14 betaN+ hardblockers not fixed)

Keep an eye on firefox.com/beta for the official release of beta 12 and CanWeShipYet? for a coundown to the RC.