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Firefox 10 hits the streets
Digital Trends ^ | January 31, 2012 | Geoff Duncan

Posted on 02/01/2012 7:45:59 PM PST by CedarDave

Mozilla has set loose Firefox 10, the latest version of its open-source Web browser for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. New features in the release are largely limited to technologies aimed at Web developers, but there’s one important new feature that ought to appeal to anyone who has augmented their browser’s functionality: by default, most add-ons will be compatible with new versions of Firefox by default, and users will have an easier time managing and (if necessary) updating their add-ons to new versions of the browser.

In previous versions of Firefox, Mozilla assumed add-ons weren’t compatible with new versions of the browser unless they had specifically been re-released for a new browser version; the result was that many users put off upgrades until new versions of their add-ons were available. However, Mozilla realized roughly three-quarters of all Firefox add-ons generally don’t have any compatibility issues with new releases—the biggest exceptions are binary add-ons that contain their own compiled code. So, beginning with Firefox 10, Mozilla assumes that extensions are compatible with new versions of Firefox so long as they don’t contain compiled code and were compatible with Firefox 4, the last time a major shift in architecture required add-on changes. Firefox 10 also polls for new versions of add-ons once a day, and installs them if an update is found.

Most of the other new features in Firefox 10 are under-the-hood changes and features only Web developers can love.

(Excerpt) Read more at digitaltrends.com ...


TOPICS: Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: firefox; firefox10
... most add-ons will be compatible with new versions of Firefox by default, and users will have an easier time managing and (if necessary) updating their add-ons to new versions of the browser.

If true, I may try it out as I'm still on FF 3.6 because my favorite add-ons get disabled with each update. I say "if true" because commenters say they still have problems with disabled add-ons.

Have any FReepers tried the new version?

1 posted on 02/01/2012 7:46:05 PM PST by CedarDave
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To: ShadowAce

Tech PING!


2 posted on 02/01/2012 7:46:54 PM PST by CedarDave (Donna Brazile: "... we we believe that the weakest candidate ... [is] Mitt Romney.")
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To: CedarDave

Just upgraded to it, and not before time, IMHO - Adobe Flash plugin was crashing the thing almost daily. Not much to tell you yet but I’ll give the thread a BTT...


3 posted on 02/01/2012 7:49:07 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: CedarDave
This from Computer World:
Mozilla also released Firefox 3.6.26, the latest security update for the two-year-old browser, to patch five vulnerabilities, four of them critical.

Firefox 3.6 is closing on retirement: Mozilla has said it will stop shipping security updates for the browser after April 24.

To replace Firefox 3.6 - which many enterprises retained when they balked at upgrading every six weeks -- the company also kicked off the first edition of Firefox ESR (extended support release).

Firefox 10 ESR will be supported with security updates through its 54-week lifespan, but its user interface and feature set will not change during that stretch. Mozilla will upgrade ESR users to a new edition starting Nov. 20, 2012.

Firefox 10 relieves add-on updating pain


4 posted on 02/01/2012 7:52:04 PM PST by CedarDave (Donna Brazile: "... we we believe that the weakest candidate ... [is] Mitt Romney.")
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To: Billthedrill

WHat is up with Adobe anyway? It wants to update every day but it always fails. It doesn’t ‘stick’ or something?


5 posted on 02/01/2012 7:52:10 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: CedarDave

I just upgraded to F10 yesterday. It seems to be less of a memory hog than the last several versions.


6 posted on 02/01/2012 7:52:27 PM PST by oblomov
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To: oblomov

I’ll probably wait until the last security update from v. 3.6 to upgrade, but by then Firefox will have released version 11 which is due March 13.


7 posted on 02/01/2012 7:56:29 PM PST by CedarDave (Donna Brazile: "... we we believe that the weakest candidate ... [is] Mitt Romney.")
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To: CedarDave

I downloaded Firefox day before yesterday and it was so slow it was painful. I trashed it and went back to Safari. I have no clue what the problem was.


8 posted on 02/01/2012 8:00:34 PM PST by abigailsmybaby ("To understan' the livin', you got ta commune wit' da dead." Minerva)
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To: CedarDave

I’m afraid to try the new version. Each one seems to get slower and slower these days. Every time they up the version number, it adds like 500ms to the time it takes javascript to do anything or bookmarks to register being clicked. What a mess...


9 posted on 02/01/2012 8:14:37 PM PST by perfect_rovian_storm
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To: CedarDave

I installed it this morning when AVG was demanding a reboot. Looks fine, I hope the issues with the infamous “Plug-in Container” have been resolved.


10 posted on 02/01/2012 8:21:01 PM PST by bigbob
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To: CedarDave

I loaded 10. Most add-ons were compatible. A couple were upgraded by the next day.

I also use an add-on called IsItCompatible? which shows which versions of FF my add-ons will work with.

https://bitbucket.org/eternicode/isitcompatible/src

I also use FEBE, a FF extensions & preferences back up utility. I used it to install my last greatest preferences from version 9.

I will be glad when Mozilla stops the insanity of a new version every few weeks.


11 posted on 02/01/2012 8:22:18 PM PST by TomGuy
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To: oblomov

that’s my feeling too. Right now sitting at 400,000K with 17 tabs open. It’s been getting pretty annoying lately but still does so many things that I like that Chrome doesn’t do.

Our Motto: “At least it’s not IE”


12 posted on 02/01/2012 8:24:04 PM PST by bigbob
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To: abigailsmybaby
I downloaded Firefox day before yesterday and it was so slow it was painful.

I found the best way for me to upgrade is to completely remove the existing FF and preferences. Then install the latest version as a new install. Then, use the add-on backup utility, FEBE, to 'restore' the profile -- which includes all my preferences, add-ons, bookmarks, password file, etc.
13 posted on 02/01/2012 8:26:44 PM PST by TomGuy
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To: CedarDave
"Have any FReepers tried the new version?"
I stay two releases behind simply because Mozilla does not work closely with their partners / add ons.
No browser is worth a dime without quality, dependable add ons.

Love Firefox though!

My 2¢…

14 posted on 02/01/2012 8:31:15 PM PST by bksanders (Old Gets Older the Older I Get)
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To: oblomov

Just upgraded too, it seems a bit faster on my PC. Gotta get a “round tuit” for my laptop, I’m still running FF 8.0 on it. BTW, Farmville seems to run faster since the upgrade, maybe there is better Flash integration.


15 posted on 02/01/2012 8:40:26 PM PST by Nowhere Man (Holodeck Computer: End Obama Administration simulation program, NOW!!!!)
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To: CedarDave

Upgraded the other day. I’ve already noticed less crashes and ‘less’ memory usage.


16 posted on 02/01/2012 8:47:36 PM PST by Theoria (Rush Limbaugh: Ron Paul sounds like an Islamic terrorist)
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To: TomGuy

I’ll try that. Thank you!


17 posted on 02/01/2012 8:52:11 PM PST by abigailsmybaby ("To understan' the livin', you got ta commune wit' da dead." Minerva)
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To: CedarDave

Why would you not use Firefox? Have use it for many years - all versions. Could not go to another Explorer if I wanted...heh.

Actually, I’m surprised that there are those that still use other browsers.

No, no connection to Mozilla...just love their free products. Thanks folks...


18 posted on 02/01/2012 8:57:03 PM PST by Deagle
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To: TomGuy
Then, use the add-on backup utility, FEBE, to 'restore' the profile -- which includes all my preferences, add-ons, bookmarks, password file, etc.

Just asking, doesn't Mozbackup do the same thing? It has always worked for me, but I am only up to FF v 7.01. It always seems to do very complete restores.
19 posted on 02/01/2012 9:13:13 PM PST by JSteff ((((It was ALL about SCOTUS. Most forget about that and HAVE DOOMED us for a generation or more.))))
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To: JSteff

I haven’t used Mozbackup since about FF ver 3.6. I am not sure whether it is keeping up with the FF rapid releases.

I found FEBE as an add-on and started using it. So far, it has kept pretty good pace with the FF rapid releases.


20 posted on 02/01/2012 9:17:06 PM PST by TomGuy
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To: CedarDave

Cool Firefox 10.0 Ad

http://www.mozilla.org/about/


21 posted on 02/01/2012 10:39:48 PM PST by Sprite518
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To: TomGuy
Yeah I tried FEBE also, but Mozbackup has worked through to 6 with NO problems at all. Also it is relatively quick and it was fast too,
22 posted on 02/01/2012 11:39:59 PM PST by JSteff ((((It was ALL about SCOTUS. Most forget about that and HAVE DOOMED us for a generation or more.))))
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To: CedarDave

Am logged in as Administrator as I always am.

Have tried running the 10. exe several different ways

Still get an

access denied

error.

What can I do, please?


23 posted on 02/02/2012 12:05:25 AM PST by Quix (Times are a changin' INSURE you have believed in your heart & confessed Jesus as Lord Come NtheFlesh)
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To: CedarDave; rdb3; Calvinist_Dark_Lord; Salo; JosephW; Only1choice____Freedom; amigatec; ...

24 posted on 02/02/2012 4:33:45 AM PST by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: ShadowAce

Left FF for Chrome 4 or 5 months ago - don’t think I’m going back.


25 posted on 02/02/2012 4:49:15 AM PST by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: Quix

Sorry, can’t help you. I’m still on v. 3.6.26!


26 posted on 02/02/2012 8:01:28 AM PST by CedarDave (Donna Brazile: "... we we believe that the weakest candidate ... [is] Mitt Romney.")
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To: 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
Left FF for Chrome 4 or 5 months ago - don’t think I’m going back.

Chrome is from Google. Google is now combining personal information from all its products into one data base. See this:

One policy, one Google experience

27 posted on 02/02/2012 8:07:45 AM PST by CedarDave (Donna Brazile: "... we we believe that the weakest candidate ... [is] Mitt Romney.")
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To: Quix

Quix: it sounds suspiciously like you managed to get a lousy download. Before getting frustrated, I would try a second copy. Hmmm... Also now seeing you are writing at 3AM - I wonder if the server the install program is trying to access for additional files is down for maintenance?


28 posted on 02/02/2012 9:57:20 AM PST by AFPhys ((Praying for our troops, our citizens, that the Bible and Freedom become basis of the US law again))
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To: AFPhys

THANKS.

Will try and do it from firefox here shortly.

Much appreciated.


29 posted on 02/02/2012 11:07:15 AM PST by Quix (Times are a changin' INSURE you have believed in your heart & confessed Jesus as Lord Come NtheFlesh)
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To: AFPhys

Nope.

Nothing’s working. Tried repeated downloads, full downloads etc. Still same error msgs.

. . . whether from within firefox; IE, from the downloaded files, clicking “run” first; clicking “save” first, whatever.

May try and turn off my anti-virus at some point and try it again but that shouldn’t be a problem.

Thanks for your help.


30 posted on 02/03/2012 1:09:00 AM PST by Quix (Times are a changin' INSURE you have believed in your heart & confessed Jesus as Lord Come NtheFlesh)
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To: Quix

Two weeks ago, I had trouble installing a download. Turned out that the anti-virus program had flagged it as a “Trojan” of some type and quarantined it, quite likely due to it containing code that had it “phone home” to get files/updates when it was installed. So, yes, disabling your A/V is a good try now. Oh - by the way, I had to re-download it after disabling the A/V.


31 posted on 02/03/2012 9:14:30 AM PST by AFPhys ((Praying for our troops, our citizens, that the Bible and Freedom become basis of the US law again))
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To: CedarDave

I’ve tried and am trying the new version. It’s fine but for one maddening issue.

Whenever I close the browser, it logs me out of every site that I have in a tab. Every time. I’ve tried changing settings in the about:config, settings in the options menus, even ran a disk check and looked over my event viewer.

I cannot get it to quit doing this. If anyone has any ideas I may have overlooked, I would certainly appreciate it. Nothing like spending my limited morning FREEP time logging into everywhere....


32 posted on 02/03/2012 3:00:12 PM PST by Big Giant Head
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To: CedarDave

I’ve tried and am trying the new version. It’s fine but for one maddening issue.

Whenever I close the browser, it logs me out of every site that I have in a tab. Every time. I’ve tried changing settings in the about:config, settings in the options menus, even ran a disk check and looked over my event viewer.

I cannot get it to quit doing this. If anyone has any ideas I may have overlooked, I would certainly appreciate it. Nothing like spending my limited morning FREEP time logging into everywhere....


33 posted on 02/03/2012 3:17:33 PM PST by Big Giant Head
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To: Big Giant Head

Whoops. Double post is NOT FF’s fault, it’s my asphalt. Doh!


34 posted on 02/03/2012 3:18:40 PM PST by Big Giant Head
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To: Big Giant Head

Yeah. I have the same issue with the current Firefox just before the new one.


35 posted on 02/03/2012 3:37:52 PM PST by Quix (Times are a changin' INSURE you have believed in your heart & confessed Jesus as Lord Come NtheFlesh)
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To: AFPhys

Ahhhh

THX THX.

Not sure when I’ll get to that but very helpful info.

Much appreciated.


36 posted on 02/03/2012 3:39:04 PM PST by Quix (Times are a changin' INSURE you have believed in your heart & confessed Jesus as Lord Come NtheFlesh)
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To: Quix

Well, you are most welcome though nothing have suggested thus far has accomplished what you are hoping to do. While reading this “thanks” from you, I realized yet another possible problem, also. Since I lump this in with “anti-virus activities” on my computer, I didn’t mention it explicitly earlier:

Your firewall may also be set up in such a way that it silently blocks communications that some of these installers need to do. I try to keep mine set up so it always tells me when it wants to block something or allow it, but your firewall may not let you know.


37 posted on 02/04/2012 9:16:26 AM PST by AFPhys ((Praying for our troops, our citizens, that the Bible and Freedom become basis of the US law again))
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