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Mozilla to release Firefox 1.5 Tuesday
Macworld ^ | 11/29/2005 | Elizabeth Montalbano

Posted on 11/29/2005 6:55:27 AM PST by Panerai

After a host of test releases and one false start, a new version of the Firefox browser will be ready on Tuesday, according to a media alert issued by the Mozilla Foundation on Monday.

Firefox 1.5 will be available for free on Tuesday afternoon, U.S. Pacific Standard Time, at www.getfirefox.com and www.mozilla.com, according to the open-source group. A complete press release outlining the new features in Firefox 1.5, as well as some additional Mozilla news, will be issued at the time the new version is available.

New features in Firefox 1.5 include a better system for updating software, faster navigation using the “Back” and “Forward” tabs, and a redesigned Options/Preferences window that increases the number of category icons and moves them from the left side of the window to the top.

Firefox 1.5 also includes new support for Web standards, adding support for Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG), JavaScript 1.6 and new versions of CSS (Cascading Style Sheets). SVG is a language based on XML (Extensible Markup Language) for writing sophisticated two-dimensional graphics, and JavaScript 1.6 is the latest version of the scripting language. CSS is a W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) standard for adding style elements, such as fonts, colors and spacing, to Web documents

In addition, the Firefox update adds better pop-up blocking and a host of security enhancements, according to Mozilla. Other new features include the addition of Answers.com to Firefox’s list of search engines and a Clear Private Data function that allows users to quickly remove personal data through a menu item or keyboard shortcut.

Firefox, which celebrated its one-year anniversary Nov. 9, has become a popular alternative to Microsoft Corp.’s Internet Explorer browser. Last month, downloads of Firefox topped 100 million.


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1 posted on 11/29/2005 6:55:29 AM PST by Panerai
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To: Panerai

I hope it works better with PDF files and Acrobat.


2 posted on 11/29/2005 6:58:49 AM PST by TommyDale
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To: Panerai

Never heard of Mazilla or Firefox before last month when the company installed it in all the computers here at work....

.....I miss I.E. ....but then I am no computer geek, nor do I play one on TV.


3 posted on 11/29/2005 7:00:14 AM PST by Vaquero ("An armed society is a polite society" R. A. Heinlein)
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To: rdb3; chance33_98; Calvinist_Dark_Lord; Bush2000; PenguinWry; GodGunsandGuts; CyberCowboy777; ...

4 posted on 11/29/2005 7:01:28 AM PST by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: Panerai

I just checked my Help/About Mozilla pull down menu and it states I've got version 1.5


5 posted on 11/29/2005 7:05:16 AM PST by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: Vaquero

I'm no confuser geek, but have been using Firefox since January and one thing I like about is you can change font sizes by using the "control key" with the + or -, keys, which is very useful when jumping between online stories and replies on FR etc.


6 posted on 11/29/2005 7:06:52 AM PST by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages - In Honor of Standing Wolf)
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To: Zuben Elgenubi

That's the release candidate. I've got the same thing. The final is due out today. (~5 hours from now)


7 posted on 11/29/2005 7:07:22 AM PST by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: TommyDale

If you want a simple PDF reader that doesnt take 500 years to load like Acrobat get foxit. It works great opens pdf files very fast. I have yet to find something better. Works great with firefox.


8 posted on 11/29/2005 7:08:39 AM PST by markedmannerf (I BELIEVE IN CONGRESSMAN WELDON!)
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To: Panerai

placemarker


9 posted on 11/29/2005 7:08:52 AM PST by savedbygrace
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To: Vaquero

You poor thing! Stuck on .....uh,.....IE.............


10 posted on 11/29/2005 7:10:30 AM PST by Red Badger (There are no female angels..............)
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To: Zuben Elgenubi
I just checked my Help/About Mozilla pull down menu and it states I've got version 1.5

You've got a virus infected copy! Delete and re-format your hard drive immediately or we'll all be infected!!!!!!!!!!!!(just kidding)...........

11 posted on 11/29/2005 7:13:10 AM PST by Red Badger (There are no female angels..............)
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To: Vaquero

I must say your company was very wise to make this move. Considering Firefox only has 3 security holes.
http://secunia.com/advisories/15601/

And IE has 21 security holes!!
http://secunia.com/product/11/

You tell me which one is more secure!


12 posted on 11/29/2005 7:15:26 AM PST by markedmannerf (I BELIEVE IN CONGRESSMAN WELDON!)
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To: TommyDale
I hope it works better with PDF files and Acrobat.

You may be using Acrobat 6. That was buggy.

13 posted on 11/29/2005 7:15:30 AM PST by antiRepublicrat
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To: Zuben Elgenubi

you probably have the beta verison of 1.5


14 posted on 11/29/2005 7:16:48 AM PST by markedmannerf (I BELIEVE IN CONGRESSMAN WELDON!)
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You forget Opera 8.5. It has no security holes


15 posted on 11/29/2005 7:18:00 AM PST by 4rcane
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To: markedmannerf

I got RC1 and just yesterday it automatically updated to the full release.


16 posted on 11/29/2005 7:18:23 AM PST by Bosco (Remember how you felt on September 11?)
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To: markedmannerf

It's a hassle to load yet another program to read Adobe files, since I am required to actually make Adobe files with Acrobat for business purposes. Firefox should work better with the PDF downloads.


17 posted on 11/29/2005 7:19:23 AM PST by TommyDale
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To: markedmannerf

I've used Speed Up Adobe Reader for a couple of years. It really works to speed up Reader loading time, even in browser plug-ins.

http://www.tnk-bootblock.co.uk/prods/misc/index.php

First item on above web link


18 posted on 11/29/2005 7:19:50 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: antiRepublicrat
"You may be using Acrobat 6. That was buggy."

So am I expected to spend several hundred dollars MORE to get Adobe to work with Firefox? Why can't the bugs get fixed?

19 posted on 11/29/2005 7:21:22 AM PST by TommyDale
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To: TommyDale
It's not Firefox that's the problem, it's Adobe Acrobat that's slow.
20 posted on 11/29/2005 7:22:00 AM PST by Panerai
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To: Panerai
I have been using Fire Fox for a while and I am very happy with it. I am having one problem, some graphics such as jpg or basic html controls do not show. Has anyone else had the same problem.
21 posted on 11/29/2005 7:23:20 AM PST by ghitma (Lifter)
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To: USS Alaska

In IE hold the Ctrl down and use the mouse wheel.


22 posted on 11/29/2005 7:25:55 AM PST by Psycho_Bunny (Base. All Yours = Mine.)
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bttt


23 posted on 11/29/2005 7:26:19 AM PST by ELS (Vivat Benedictus XVI!)
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To: TommyDale
So am I expected to spend several hundred dollars MORE to get Adobe to work with Firefox?

The reader's free. You don't use Acrobat Pro from within Firefox anyway, right?

24 posted on 11/29/2005 7:26:52 AM PST by antiRepublicrat
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To: markedmannerf

I always download PDF-acrobat files to the desktop. Then open them with Adobe Acrobat. Goes a lot faster because Internet Explorer doesn't try to pull it's integration crap

OR EVEN BETTER uncheck the default "display in browser" option in Acrobat preferences. Under "internet"


25 posted on 11/29/2005 7:29:26 AM PST by dennisw (You shouldn't let other people get your kicks for you - Bob Dylan)
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To: 4rcane

you are right Opera does have no security holes. theres alot of things I like about firefox though that opera doesnt have. And its definately alot more secure than IE


26 posted on 11/29/2005 7:29:30 AM PST by markedmannerf (I BELIEVE IN CONGRESSMAN WELDON!)
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To: Panerai
Huh?  I installed the 64-bit version of XP a couple weeks ago - installed Mozilla that day - and it's 1.5.

What is this article talking about?

27 posted on 11/29/2005 7:30:33 AM PST by Psycho_Bunny (Base. All Yours = Mine.)
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To: dennisw

I guess the thing I like about Foxit reader is.
1. Theres no installing all it is is a simple .exe file
2.It doesnt integrate into IE or firefox.
2. Its basic and simple.

FOX IT: http://www.foxitsoftware.com/pdf/rd_intro.php

I havent used acrobat in forever. But I guess with the speedup tweak it would be better. But foxit is good enough for me.


28 posted on 11/29/2005 7:33:22 AM PST by markedmannerf (I BELIEVE IN CONGRESSMAN WELDON!)
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To: markedmannerf

I just downloaded foxit and will use it. Do you know a good free program for making PDF files? Thanks


29 posted on 11/29/2005 7:35:01 AM PST by dennisw (You shouldn't let other people get your kicks for you - Bob Dylan)
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To: dennisw
Goes a lot faster because Internet Explorer doesn't try to pull it's integration crap

Not to get hyper-technical but, it's Adobe that pulls the "integration crap" in that situation: Acrobat is hooking into IE objects...not the other way around.

Adobe's never gotten that right, either.  If you browse in full screen mode, like I do Acrobat usually screws up the browser session to the point of having to close the browser.

30 posted on 11/29/2005 7:36:31 AM PST by Psycho_Bunny (Base. All Yours = Mine.)
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To: Zuben Elgenubi

I have 1.0.7. you might have 1.0.5. Maybe the new one is 1.5.


31 posted on 11/29/2005 7:48:43 AM PST by US_MilitaryRules ("Don't get Stuck On Stupid" and "Did I mention I stayed at a Holiday Inn last night"? NRA Member)
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To: markedmannerf; Red Badger

I wouldnt know a security hole from a hole in the ground....

I use this dealie everyday, both for work and as a personal distraction but all things considered, I wish they never invented it....


32 posted on 11/29/2005 7:52:33 AM PST by Vaquero ("An armed society is a polite society" R. A. Heinlein)
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To: dennisw
I just downloaded foxit and will use it. Do you know a good free program for making PDF files? Thanks

OpenOffice.org - their office suite is excellent, the Writer program is almost perfectly compatible with Word (and far more stable for large documents), and Writer can do the conversion to a .pdf format.

33 posted on 11/29/2005 7:54:08 AM PST by FateAmenableToChange
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To: dennisw
I just downloaded foxit and will use it. Do you know a good free program for making PDF files? Thanks

Check out http://www.primopdf.com/

34 posted on 11/29/2005 7:55:17 AM PST by LakerCJL
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To: Vaquero
...all things considered, I wish they never invented it....

I wish they'd never invented All Things Considered, too........

35 posted on 11/29/2005 8:00:41 AM PST by Red Badger (There are no female angels..............)
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To: LakerCJL; FateAmenableToChange

thanks!!!!


36 posted on 11/29/2005 8:04:38 AM PST by dennisw (You shouldn't let other people get your kicks for you - Bob Dylan)
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To: Vaquero

Maybe this will give you a better idea of what a security hole is http://www.computerterrorism.com/research/ie/poc.htm

This only works with IE it shows how IE can be used to execute another program on your computer from any website. the example above will execute calculator when you click on the link. Do you see where this could be a problem? This is a huge problem!


37 posted on 11/29/2005 8:05:39 AM PST by markedmannerf (I BELIEVE IN CONGRESSMAN WELDON!)
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To: TommyDale

Right on. That is the only thing I dislike about Firefox - PDF files. It drives me batty. In fact, it just happened again yesterday to me.... I've been waiting on a fix, but I haven't found one.

I guess I'll have to go another route...


38 posted on 11/29/2005 8:07:49 AM PST by cpanter
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To: Red Badger

"you can eat fishes...you cant eat wishes..." Capt. Coral to Pee Wee Herman.


39 posted on 11/29/2005 8:08:34 AM PST by Vaquero ("An armed society is a polite society" R. A. Heinlein)
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To: markedmannerf

absolutely not.....and dont plan on seeing it. Sorry.


40 posted on 11/29/2005 8:10:33 AM PST by Vaquero ("An armed society is a polite society" R. A. Heinlein)
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To: Psycho_Bunny

The Mozilla organization produces two browsers:

1. Mozilla -- a browser suite (integrated email) and
2. Mozilla Firefox (a browser)

They are closely related but the version numbers are different. Firefox is currently at 1.07 about to jump to 1.5.

Mozilla is at 1.7.1 .

I suspect that if you have Mozilla 1.5 you probably have a slightly dated version of the Mozilla suite.


41 posted on 11/29/2005 8:26:13 AM PST by Wisconsin
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To: markedmannerf

wow. that is fast. i'm switching over today.


42 posted on 11/29/2005 8:46:10 AM PST by kpp_kpp
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To: Wisconsin

No....I know the difference. I have Firefox 1.5 stand alone.


43 posted on 11/29/2005 9:11:08 AM PST by Psycho_Bunny (Base. All Yours = Mine.)
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To: markedmannerf

no firefox integration


44 posted on 11/29/2005 9:13:57 AM PST by kpp_kpp
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To: Wisconsin

I have been using the release candidate versions of 1.5 and the last update moved up to release version 1.5 several days ago.


45 posted on 11/29/2005 11:14:42 AM PST by arjay (More government is never the answer.)
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To: Panerai

So where is it? I still don't see the new updated file available for download...


46 posted on 11/29/2005 1:24:58 PM PST by TommyDale
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To: 4rcane
...." It has no security holes"......

I've been around long enough to know that's not true. What you have is a browser that nobody uses, so why exploit it? If you were a demented virus writer, would you spend your time going after a couple hundred thousand users or a hundred million users?

They just don't think you are worth the trouble.

47 posted on 11/29/2005 1:34:15 PM PST by chuckles
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To: Panerai

Someone just posted that Firefox 1.5 is now available.

Mods pulled the thread, but I had already saved a couple of the links mentioned.

Some download locations for the 5.8 meg file are:

http://releases.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/firefox/releases/1.5/

http://www.mozilla.org/mirrors.html


48 posted on 11/29/2005 2:25:28 PM PST by TomGuy
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To: TommyDale

If you're using Acrobat Reader 6.0, upgrade it to 7.0. You'll notice a huge difference. There was something about Reader 6.0 and Firefox - they just didn't get along with one another.


49 posted on 11/29/2005 2:26:05 PM PST by CFC__VRWC ("Anytime a liberal squeals in outrage, an angel gets its wings!" - gidget7)
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To: TomGuy

That was me - apparently it didn't deserve its own thread, but it's there :)


50 posted on 11/29/2005 2:27:52 PM PST by Senator Bedfellow
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