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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..

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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 filehippo.com (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 Mozilla.org articles – Firefox on Windows 7 and lack of support for 64bit to get a heads-up.

64-bit Firefox – Namoroka or Nightly builds..

January 31, 2010 4 comments

Running Mozilla x64 / 64 bit Web Browser

Running a 64 bit version of windows and want a native 64 bit version of Firefox?

Well, the people behind Firefox – Mozilla – have decided to only release a 32 bit version of Firefox. You can read their own official articles – Firefox on Windows 7 and lack of support for 64bit to get a heads-up.

Now, I run Windows 7 64 bit, (or x64, the term is interchangeable,) on an Intel i7. The CPU is designed to shift 64 bit numbers and so I want it to reach it’s full potential by running 64 bit software.

Mozilla x86-64

Windows 7 comes with IE in 32 and 64 bit versions, and although officially Firefox hasn’t got a 64 bit version, there’s an unofficial project to build popular Mozilla apps for x64 systems, including the popular web browser, Firefox for 32bit systems.

Firefox 3.6 was codenamed Namoroka.

Namoroka running as 64 bit process

Namoroka running native 64bit

If you install it, remember it’s not an official project and not officially supported, but it’s compiled from the same source-code.

You should install the x64 version of Java if you haven’t already, and be aware that if you use AVG the searchshield and surfshield plugin will not recognise these builds and the plugins will not be available.

64 bit Firefox 4 beta 12 – a Minefield..

The people over at Mozilla-x86-64 have compiled some of the latest Firefox versions into 64 bit windows versions, however at the time of writing, the most up-to-date version you can download is the custom Firefox 4 beta 12, not the fully patched release version. Visit http://wiki.mozilla-x86-64.com/Firefox:Download

This version is known as Minefield, and is important to understand they are supplying pre-release builds. Visit https://www.mozilla.org/projects/minefield/ for more information.

It's a Minefield..

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Nightly Build

Another pre-release Minefield version of Firefox is available from the official Mozilla nightly build website https://nightly.mozilla.org/ but this time it’s a future release, not an old build.

The currently available x64 Minefield build is 4.2 alpha 1 – alpha releases are often buggy, pre-release versions, but it’s these crash reports and bug fixes that give birth to the next update to Firefox. Visit https://www.mozilla.org/projects/minefield/ and get involved.

Improving Website Compatibility

For some websites that check UserAgent strings to enable features or allow access, you may need to change the UserAgent string of Namoroka or a Minefield build. There is a Firefox plugin for it available – user-agent-switcher.

At the time of writing, ALL plug-ins are 32bit, with the exception of the Java Runtime Environment – JRE; version 6 update 18 supports the 64bit Firefox, as shown below and Java Runtime 6.24 is now available.

Firefox Namoroka Plugins

Firefox Namoroka Plugins

It is a feature of Firefox 4 to support a separate plugin ‘container’ – a separate process and address space for plugins to run. This is a security feature, it also SHOULD allows 32bit plugins to run under a 64bit version of firefox..

I don’t know yet if the automatic updates feature works, as this is the first release of 3.6, or if you would need to visit the homepage to check yourself. EDIT: Version 3.6.2 is just out – let me know if it auto updated for you.

Open Source

You may not like the idea that you are reliant on individuals to compile new versions for you, but the whole open source idea created this 64bit version and excellent spin-offs like Firefox Portable.

Quick Links

Mozilla.org
No 64bit Firefox on Windows 7, yet
Get the latest Java version from FileHippo.com
Firefox 4 beta 12 pre x64 from Mozilla-x86-64
Firefox Nightly Builds from Mozilla.org
Mozilla Minefield – Get Involved
UserAgent Switcher plugin.