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Firefox 3.1 Beta 3 code to freeze end of day March 3, Beta 4 now on tap
ZD NET ^ | March 3, 2009 | Paula Rooney

Posted on 03/05/2009 10:01:59 AM PST by CedarDave

Bugs or no bugs, Mozilla will freeze the code to the much delayed Firefox 3.1 beta 3 by the end of day.

The number of P1 blockers is now in the single digits but that doesn’t mean the release candidate is around the corner.

During the weekly meeting today, developers said a number of stubborn Javascript problems and other issues remain in the code, prompting the decision to go for a fourth beta. Others suggested that a possible version number change (Firefox 3.5) may be in order to reflect the scope (and time investment) of the update.

Beta 3 was originally expected to be released in early January. It should now be available within a week or so. A possible date for beta 4 was not given.

The official news of the code freeze and beta 4 was let loose during today’s weekly meeting but lead developers indicated in several blog posts last week that a fourth beta would be needed.

“We’re going to wrap up beta 3 in the next week regardless of upvar [Javascript] status … a 4th beta will follow approximately 6 weeks after, as a vehicle for more testing of tracemonkey, video, places and other eagerly-awaited improvements as well as feedback from beta 3,” wrote Firefox developer Mike Shaver in his meeting notes posted on Feb 25.

(Excerpt) Read more at blogs.zdnet.com ...


TOPICS: Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: firefox; internetexplorer
From other remarks in the thread, it may be that there will not be a formal Firefox 3.1 but instead it may jump to 3.5:

“Given all the efforts that went into FF3.1 and given its prolonged schedule and expanded scope, I was wondering whether it might make more sense to name it Firefox 3.5 just as Firefox 1.1 was renamed Firefox 1.5? ”

Not a bad idea. “You are not the first to suggest that, indeed!,” Shaver shot back in the same thread. “I think we should discuss exactly that, but in another thread and after we get beta3 out the door. :)

1 posted on 03/05/2009 10:01:59 AM PST by CedarDave
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To: ShadowAce

For the tech PING! list.


2 posted on 03/05/2009 10:02:32 AM PST by CedarDave (Pray that during the next four years we don't lose the America we so love.)
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To: CedarDave

Firefox started out as a “snappy” alternative to Internet Explorer, but it has become so bloated that it is now slow to load. Safari is much faster.


3 posted on 03/05/2009 10:05:15 AM PST by The Sons of Liberty (FUBO Kenyan Usurper - "Let his days be few, and let another take his office." Psalm 109:8)
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To: The Sons of Liberty

Even with the bloat and the bugs Firefox is still WAY better than IE. Haven’t tried Safari yet, still happy with Firefox.


4 posted on 03/05/2009 10:06:37 AM PST by Domandred (Hope is the first step on the road to disappointment.)
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To: CedarDave

Firefox is the best.


5 posted on 03/05/2009 10:08:12 AM PST by exist
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To: The Sons of Liberty

A combo of Chrome and IE works a lot better than FF, which seems to just be coasting off of old buzz these days.

There are times when it’s using almost 235,416 K of memory, which is what it’s using as I’m typing this.

Only one extension I use to download flash videos keeps me using it.


6 posted on 03/05/2009 10:12:32 AM PST by VanDeKoik (Conservatives see untapped potential. Liberals see Tapped-out hopelessness.)
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To: CedarDave

I don’t like FF 3 due to the way its drop-down address bar works.. It seems like it keeps any website that u visit (up to say, 14???) & they stay there & there’s no way to get rid of them.

On FF 2 I can clear out my browsing history completely...& when I do, the drop-down box is blank, like I want it....but when doing so on FF 3, those same sites are still there! It’s very aggravating to me, ‘cuz I have a specific # of sites that I visit, & all of them are in the drop down box. If I need to visit a different site not on my list, I use my Google search bar just to the right so I don’t add a bunch of sites to the box I use for my main sites.

If there was any way I could get FF 3 to operate the way I want it to, I would change over to FF 3...but until then I will stay w/ FF 2; I would really appreciate someone’s help on this if they can understand my unprofessional way of explaining my problem. Thank you!


7 posted on 03/05/2009 10:26:25 AM PST by ChrisInAR (The Tenth Amendment is still the Supreme Law of the Land, folks -- start enforcing it for a CHANGE!)
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To: Domandred
Check out this thread I just posted:

Browser Battle: Nine Browsers of Today and Tomorrow Compared

8 posted on 03/05/2009 10:30:02 AM PST by CedarDave (Pray that during the next four years we don't lose the America we so love.)
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To: ChrisInAR

Uh, highlight the address in the dropdown address bar and hit the delete key. It goes away in Firefox 3.0.6.


9 posted on 03/05/2009 10:31:22 AM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: The Sons of Liberty

Not sure how secure Safari for Windows is yet. It is really cool looking, though.


10 posted on 03/05/2009 10:32:35 AM PST by Retired Greyhound
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To: Retired Greyhound

I use Safari on both a Mac and Windows. Not surprisingly, it works better on a Mac, with a few more features, but it is much faster on both platforms than other browsers.


11 posted on 03/05/2009 10:49:39 AM PST by The Sons of Liberty (FUBO Kenyan Usurper - "Let his days be few, and let another take his office." Psalm 109:8)
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To: Revolting cat!

I just tried that on my version (FF 2) & it doesn’t work. What it does is send me to the site that I right-clicked on. I don’t want to re-download FF 3 in order to see if it will work on that version ‘cuz I’m worried that I might not be able to find FF 2 again in case it doesn’t work for me on FF 3 either.

Thanx for the info that! :-)


12 posted on 03/05/2009 11:14:12 AM PST by ChrisInAR (The Tenth Amendment is still the Supreme Law of the Land, folks -- start enforcing it for a CHANGE!)
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To: rdb3; Calvinist_Dark_Lord; GodGunsandGuts; CyberCowboy777; Salo; Bobsat; JosephW; ...

13 posted on 03/05/2009 11:42:40 AM PST by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: CedarDave
v. 3.0.7 was released today for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

getfirefox.com.

3.0.7 release notes.
14 posted on 03/05/2009 12:30:45 PM PST by Mike Fieschko (et numquam abrogatam)
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To: ChrisInAR
I just tried that on my version (FF 2) & it doesn’t work.

I'm still using FF 2 and it works fine. Try it again. BTW, "Shift+Delete" works also.

15 posted on 03/05/2009 4:56:15 PM PST by CedarDave (The Obama daily tracking poll == Dow Jones Industrial Average)
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To: CedarDave

I just found out by accident that all I hafta do it hit the “Delete” key by itself & it does what I want. Thanx, I wouldn’ta been able to do any of it w/o your help! :-)


16 posted on 03/05/2009 6:04:54 PM PST by ChrisInAR (The Tenth Amendment is still the Supreme Law of the Land, folks -- start enforcing it for a CHANGE!)
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