Skip to comments.Firefox 10 hits the streets
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 theres one important new feature that ought to appeal to anyone who has augmented their browsers 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 werent 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 dont have any compatibility issues with new releasesthe 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 dont 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.
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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?
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...
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.
WHat is up with Adobe anyway? It wants to update every day but it always fails. It doesn’t ‘stick’ or something?
I just upgraded to F10 yesterday. It seems to be less of a memory hog than the last several versions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”
"Have any FReepers tried the new version?"I stay two releases behind simply because Mozilla does not work closely with their partners / add ons.
Love Firefox though!
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.
Upgraded the other day. I’ve already noticed less crashes and ‘less’ memory usage.
I’ll try that. Thank you!
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...
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.
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