Skip to comments.Mozilla Firefox 3.5 Users Clamoring For Bug Fix
Posted on 07/02/2009 8:45:09 AM PDT by smokingfrog
"It's seriously bugged is what it is," posted Jeremy in a July 1 post on hothardware.com." "My Firefox load time went from a heartbeat or two to 50-60 seconds. First time, second time, didn't matter if it was pre-fetched or not. Numerous other people having the same issue as well judging from their forum.
"I've seen the same issue on both on my Vista x64 machine and my XP machine at work," added Jeremy."I downgraded both and am back to happy browsing. Hopefully Firefox 3.5.1 hits soon and resolves whatever the issue is."
Mozilla has not yet decided whether Firefox 3.5.1 will be labeled as a major update or if that phrase will be reserved for version 3.5.2, according to TGDaily.com.
Mozilla is relying on the community development model to confirm and fix the bugs with its Firefox 3.5 browser.
At the Mozilla community quality assurance Web site, quality.mozilla.org, a banner headline proclaims: "Firefox BugDay - Catch Missed Blocker, Critical, and Major 3.5 bugs!"
"We will try to narrow down any important bugs that were missed, or were regressions from Firefox 3.5, and get them into a point update quickly," reads a call to action on quality.mozilla.org. "Triage, what is it? Well, simply put, Triage is taking a bug, making sure it has enough information to reproduce, and ensuring that it is in the proper component. After that you should try to reproduce the issue. Problems that are easily reproducible (such as a crash that occurs every time you visit a certain Web site), are more valuable than those that are impossible to reproduce. If you can reproduce a bug, please add a comment to the bug or recommend in #bugday that the bug be confirmed."
I think they’re missing the point of why people liked FF in the first place. Less bloat, less security issues, shorter load times.
I have been using Firefox 3.5 Beta 4 for months and am very happy with it. Using it on an XP Pro box.
Much more stable than 3.0.
At this point some of the plug-ins are not yet compatible, but I love Firefox 3.5 beta.
Hmmm. I still have 3.0 but 3.5 is advertised as being “Twice as fast as Firefox 3.” Just to be safe, I think I will wait until the next bug fix to upgrade.
>>Might be a good idea to wait before installing version 3.5? <<
But Firefox has been slowing down every release since 2. How they got into the MS bloatware pattern is anyone’s guess.
So that’s why it is slow. I thought it was because of Itunes or something.
“Hmmm. I still have 3.0 but 3.5 is advertised as being Twice as fast as Firefox 3. Just to be safe, I think I will wait until the next bug fix to upgrade.”
Agreed. FF3 has been the slowest iteration of FF I’ve experienced. I’ve been hoping 3.5 speeds things up. But I’ll wait until the bugs are fixed.
Try IE8 running under Win 7 - my experience show it to be faster than FF
“Try IE8 running under Win 7 - my experience show it to be faster than FF”
I’ve read good things about Win 7. Hope to experience it soon.
I updated to 3.5 yesterday and have noticed no slowdown. All of my plugins but one are fine, and the one that wasn’t fine didn’t cause a problem because FireFox warned me when I was updating that it would have to disable one of my plugins.
I’ve also been running latest version of Safari. First impressions are pretty good.
I’m running 3.5 now and its been noticeably faster than 3.0. I haven’t experienced this slowdown described.
Yes addons are behind the compatibility curve, but tbey always are. I use “nightly tester tool” to get them working.
I am using 3.0.11 and it loads slowly, sometimes refuses to load, so I use Safari. What should I upgrade to and what do they mean by the Java remark. I am such a computer novice it is embarrassing.Vaudine
I upgraded and downgraded within an hour yesterday. All sorts of stalls and freezing, even in safe mode.
I installed the new 3.5 this week and it just hammered my speed. It is a hog of a program that injects unneeded crap on the basis that it is smarter and can think of what you need better than you can.
I've wondered if Microsoft has moles working on the open source.
I upgraded to 3.5 just now so we’ll see how it goes :)
I like foxit it is much faster then Adobe’s pdf reader.
Use Opera Unite
There’s one bug that I’ve seen with FF for quite a number of versions, including the most recent. It is the copy bug, wherein text sometimes is not able to be copied. Highlighted text will not be offered a copy function in the context menu. It just does not exist. Using the copy shortcut keys also does not work.
I miss my “get mail” button: seems like such a simple thing to have dropped..
I have noticed it is slower.
Maybe its the inevitable result of designing and refining by committee.
What is the nightly tester tool?
Certain websites may not display correctly if you don't have Java. Updates are fairly frequent because vulnerabilities are found. If you have Java installed, be sure to keep it updated.
Chrome rocks on older boxes. I just upgraded an Opera installation on one of them and even that one is markedly improved. Good times for browsers if you don't mind a few rocks in the road.
I have it on a Vista Home Pr. machine and have noticed nothing like this. In fact, it does seem faster.
Its an addon/extension that changes the version number range of other addons to make them compatible temporarily.
An addon will have a set range of FF versions that it officially works with. This info is a simple text entry in the addons files. You can manually go in and change the range to include new FF versions before its author does. This will make the addon work, though doesn’t account for any real changes the author might include. Its temp. so most useful for smaller updates to FF, say from 3.5 to 3.5.1.
Google for more info and get the tester tool at Mozilla site.
I should clarify that nightly tester tools does the temp change for you, as opposed to doing it manually.
It must be configuration dependent. I have 3.5 and it loads and gets the home page in about a second.
Are you logged in?
That was a function that I did not use, so I had not noticed.
Overall I love Firefox. Have used it since the first public release.
Had used Mozilla and other related browsers before that.
Spent too much time cleaning up window machines that used IE, swore off. I think the final blow was realizing that when I deleted the cookies and history that they were still there, just marked to not show.
For years I would remove them manually from dos prompt, but not since XP.
Every time I mention how long it takes Firefox to load, I have been told no one else has the problem. So now I now I am not crazy.
Works fine on my Mac at home.
It’s slow as molasses for me.
Dell laptop with XP.
I have FireFox 3.5, IE 8, and the latest version of Safari on my XP box and, for me, FireFox 3.5 is the winner by far.
It is noticeably faster and far more stable than previous versions.
I updated to 3.5 two days ago, all of my plugins work, and this browser blisters!
I was just reading something about the private browsing feature. Have you used it? What do you think? Sounds like it needs some improvement.
I haven’t tried it. I usually just hit the “Clear Private Data” button when I think about it. LOL
I’m using Windows 7. Looks pretty good. Free download and activation key which will keep it free until next March when it will start to shut down and then stop next June. But you can buy it now for $49.95. Takes a while to download and burn an ISO disk but it’s pretty straight forward. Go for it.
Downloaded 3.5 yesterday, definitely faster for me. Only had to upgrade one plug-in and it works like a charm. I prefer 3.5 over 3.0. It hasn’t crashed yet :-)
Same here. I am using Win XP and it is sooo slow for me. Some pages such as Yahoo mail stall.
When I open the browser, I have to wait at least 60 seconds before I can click on anything.