Posts Tagged ‘Firefox’

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.

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


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 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.


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”.

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


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.

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 beta 11

February 18, 2011 Leave a comment

I love beta software, I’ve been using IE9 beta for a several months, yet I don’t like it.
Oh, there’s nothing wrong with it –  it doesn’t crash, it’s fast to render pages, I like the way you control add-ons, but ultimately, I use firefox and that’s my personal preference.

You might be interested to know IE9 is about to go has gone RC, you can get it here from Microsoft if you like that, or full direct download from (IE windows 7 x32 / IE windows 7 x64) or you can search on their site for the Vista versions, but for now, I’m going to focus on all the really cool new stuff in Firefox 4.

Click for Firefox 4 Beta site

Firefox 4 hits beta 11, you can go ahead and check out the mozilla page for the beta by clicking through, it should offer you a build suitable for your OS and language. They have a lot of new features, which I will run through with some illustrative pictures and opinions.


A New Look

A New Look for the interface

The interface for all platforms has been redesigned to be easier to use.

Firefox Button (Windows Only)

Firefox Button Windows Only replaces Menu toolbar

Firefox Button

The file menu toolbar has been condensed into a single Firefox Button on windows versions, where all the options can be accessed quickly with one click, reducing the on screen clutter.

If you dont like it, you can switch back to more normal menus.

Original Menu Style Toolbar

App Tabs

The new App Tabs feature allows you to make any tab into a stick, essentially the favicon is permanently displayed and allows you to keep the page open without fear of closing the tab and again, streamlining the interface.

Using this new function is easy – right click any opened tab and select ‘Pin to App Tab’

Pin As App Tab

Pin As App Tab

And after

Demo of App Tab

.. and you're App Tabbed

If you don’t want to try the beta, keep an eye out for the final  release!

Firefox Update – 3.6.3 Available

April 2, 2010 Leave a comment

New update to firefox 3.6.3 pushed out today, some security flaws in 3.6 build of Firefox have been patched.

A new build of the 64 bit Firefox project, Namoroka has NOT yet published an x64 build, but it will be available to download soon, I’m sure. Read my earlier post on x64 Firefox development for more info on Firefox on 64 bit systems.

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Namoroka 64bit Firefox Update – 3.6.2 Available

March 25, 2010 Leave a comment

Namoroka and Mozilla-x86-64

A new build of the 64 bit Firefox project, Namoroka has a 3.6.2 release available to download. Read my earlier post on x64 Firefox development for more info on Firefox on 64 bit systems.
Some security flaws in 3.6 build of Firefox have been patched.

64 bit Firefox 4 beta 12 – a Minefield..

The people over at Mozilla-x86-64 have also compiled the latest Firefox 4 into 64 bit windows versions, however at the time of writing, the most up-to-date version you can download is the Firefox 4 beta 12.
Read my earlier post on your options for Firefox on 64bit systems.

The Official Firefox download is available as a 32bit app, which is great, and that will run on 64 bit system, including Windows 7 64 bit, but in a special 32bit mode, and really defeats the benefits of a 64 bit OS.

You can read the official articles – Firefox on Windows 7 and lack of support for 64bit to get a heads-up.