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Firefox 12 released
Neowin ^ | 22 April 2012 | Stefano Elia

Posted on 04/23/2012 11:08:18 AM PDT by ShadowAce

Mozilla has now finalised the next version of their popular internet browser, Firefox 12 and is ready to download, although as of yet it hasn't been officially publicised. Overall, there isn't a huge amount of noticeable differences from the previous release but it is still recommended you update to the latest version.

For those eager to get their hands on the next version, you can download it from Mozilla's website. For the moment, you can also download other languages versions of the browser here. You can also view the release notes of Firefox 12 here, with the browser version being officially released on the 24th of April.

For those curious to see what's changed from version 11, which was released less than six weeks ago, here's what's new:

Just in case there are those still using Windows 2000, Windows XP RTM or XP Service Pack 1, Firefox 12 will be the last version of the browser from Mozilla to officially support those operating systems. Windows XP SP2 and above will only be supported in the next version of Firefox.

Download: Firefox 12


TOPICS: Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: firefox

1 posted on 04/23/2012 11:08:24 AM PDT by ShadowAce
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To: rdb3; Calvinist_Dark_Lord; Salo; JosephW; Only1choice____Freedom; amigatec; stylin_geek; ...

2 posted on 04/23/2012 11:09:15 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: ShadowAce

I guess the madness will continue until they catch up to Chrome’s version numbers. *ugh*


3 posted on 04/23/2012 11:14:19 AM PDT by alancarp (Liberals are all for shared pain... until they're included in the pain group.)
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To: ShadowAce

I’ve used Firefox since release 3, but starting around release 10 it has stopped playing nice with Adobe PDF files. A crash or two a day occurs, always when a PDF file does not open, although the file that crashed FireFox always opens perfectly with Internet Explorer.

Sill use Firefox but it’s frustrating at times with the PDF crashes.


4 posted on 04/23/2012 11:14:37 AM PDT by JackOfVA
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To: ShadowAce

Why does it seem like there is a new version every three months?


5 posted on 04/23/2012 11:30:59 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: ShadowAce

I love the functionality of FF, but it is such a slow and sluggish browser compared to Chrome or Opera. It’s a resource hog.

Overall, I like FF the best, but I wish it were faster.


6 posted on 04/23/2012 11:31:52 AM PDT by Retired Greyhound (.)
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To: ShadowAce

Waiting for the Mac version...


7 posted on 04/23/2012 11:34:31 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1189 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: Jack Hydrazine
Why does it seem like there is a new version every three months?

Because you skip over every other version. :)

8 posted on 04/23/2012 11:34:55 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: Retired Greyhound

It’s a huge memory hog compared to others.

Opera is cleaner but I’m not fond of the layout.


9 posted on 04/23/2012 11:38:37 AM PDT by djf (Life's a play, we're actors not authors, and nobody even cared to give us the script!)
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To: ShadowAce

Anyone have a recommended plug in replacement for Foxytunes? Every time Firefox updates Foxytunes can’t be used.


10 posted on 04/23/2012 11:39:47 AM PDT by VA_Gentleman ("Poor Al Gore. Global warming completely debunked via the very internet you invented." -Jon Stewart)
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To: null and void

Well, there is Safari .... why in Jobs’ name would you want anything else??


11 posted on 04/23/2012 11:44:28 AM PDT by mikrofon (< /discussion >)
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To: mikrofon

Well DUH! Apple isn’t anywhere near as communist as Mozilla!


12 posted on 04/23/2012 11:47:18 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1189 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: JackOfVA

Try the add on “PDF Download” by Nitro, it may help....


13 posted on 04/23/2012 11:47:18 AM PDT by taildragger (( Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: ShadowAce
Firefox 12?

Even Georg Cantor thinks they are going to run out of version numbers soon.

14 posted on 04/23/2012 11:52:37 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (You only have three billion heartbeats in a lifetime.How many does the government claim as its own?)
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To: KarlInOhio
We’ll see about that when they release Firefox א0!
15 posted on 04/23/2012 12:14:19 PM PDT by cartan
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To: ShadowAce
Still using FF 3.6.

Works fine, both Windows and OSX. Still getting security updates.

In fact, I HAVE to use FF 3.5 on one Windows machine at work, because it's the last FF version to support the ancient Java version required by some of my old Cisco security devices' firmware.

These frequent major-number releases are silly. They should be minor-number. Nobody but hardcore users takes this release crap seriously anyway.

I mean, really...

Consider, Microsoft Office is up to release 14 already, with 15 on the way. Although, to be fair, Microsoft skipped over versions "5", "6", and "13" to get there. They skipped 5 and 6 so that they could sync all the individual product versions at "7".

They probably skipped "13" for the same reason most buildings don't have a 13th floor... LOL.

16 posted on 04/23/2012 12:34:46 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: ShadowAce

Because there has been a new version almost every month since last June.

Strange but true.


17 posted on 04/23/2012 12:36:28 PM PDT by buwaya
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To: dayglored

“They probably skipped “13” for the same reason most buildings don’t have a 13th floor... LOL. “

That’s exactly right:

http://apcmag.com/microsoft_to_skip_unlucky_office_13.htm

Cheers


18 posted on 04/23/2012 1:03:46 PM PDT by DoctorBulldog (Obama Sucks!!!)
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To: dayglored
Still using FF 3.6.

Same here.

Works fine, both Windows and OSX. Still getting security updates.

No longer; I got the notice last week that they had ceased security updates for the 3.6 version (with 3.6.28) and that as of tomorrow (4/24) no further updates will be provided. Further in that notice they said they would give one more warning and then would automatically update to the latest Firefox (apparently whether I liked it or not!). I promptly went to my options [tools-options-advanced] and turned off the "automatically check for updates" buttons. I know I will have to update, but have too many nice addons that I use daily, including with FR, that I will lose.

IE-8? Bloatware. Chrome? Google spyware. I'll stay where I am for right now.

19 posted on 04/23/2012 1:04:07 PM PDT by CedarDave (Romney: Dresses and looks like a '50's character from "Mad Men" but no one's buying his shtick.)
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To: dayglored
Here's the notice I got:

URGENT!

Your version of Firefox will soon be vulnerable to online attacks.

Get the upgrade — it’s fast & free!

* Stay safe online
* experience faster performance
* Enjoy new features

You will be prompted once more before being automatically updated.

20 posted on 04/23/2012 1:19:10 PM PDT by CedarDave (Romney: Dresses and looks like a '50's character from "Mad Men" but no one's buying his shtick.)
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To: JackOfVA

I had similar PDF problems with an earlier version of FF. The next major upgrade seemed to correct it.

11 has crashed several times.

12 installed yesterday — with a big notice that it didn’t know where this new version came from. [Even Mozilla can’t keep up with its own revsions.]

11 and 12 have problems with Javascript on some sites. Either Java or Mozilla is the problem.

[Upgrades — no matter what they fix, they also break something else.]


21 posted on 04/23/2012 1:30:48 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: JackOfVA

Foxit PDF reader/editor works great and is way leaner than acrobat.


22 posted on 04/23/2012 2:39:14 PM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: CedarDave

Bloatware? My IE9 is using 18MB right now. How much is your Firefox using?


23 posted on 04/23/2012 4:37:16 PM PDT by cartan
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To: TomGuy

I got that note as well. On Mozilla-”The version of Firefox you are using is unknown. Download new version here.” Yet I already had downloaded FF 12. Sure they will get it corrected via update.


24 posted on 04/23/2012 4:39:16 PM PDT by donozark (The key to winning the Vietnam War was not Vietnam, but Laos...)
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To: cartan
Bloatware? My IE9 is using 18MB right now. How much is your Firefox using?

Too much (177MB), but until I upgrade from XP with a new computer and Windows 7, I can't use IE9 even if I wanted to as IE9 will not work on XP.

25 posted on 04/23/2012 6:22:14 PM PDT by CedarDave (Romney: Dresses and looks like a '50's character from "Mad Men" but no one's buying his shtick.)
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To: TomGuy
Upgrades — no matter what they fix, they also break something else.

No kidding. One or two upgrades ago, the bookmarking feature in FF changed from being simple and intuitive, to being WTF?

You used to be able to click on 'bookmarks menu', and all of your bookmark folders would display. From there, it was a simple matter to choose which folder to save the new bookmark in - but no more. Now, you get a choice of maybe five recent folders you've used, and that's it.

What really pisses me off, is that someone had to work to degrade that simple and useful feature. Had they simply left it alone, it would have been superior to what they have now.

26 posted on 04/23/2012 9:34:40 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: ShadowAce

All three of these are are good additions IMO.

I still think it's a point release, not a major version.

27 posted on 04/23/2012 9:55:51 PM PDT by zeugma (Those of us who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living.)
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To: Windflier
You used to be able to click on 'bookmarks menu', and all of your bookmark folders would display. From there, it was a simple matter to choose which folder to save the new bookmark in - but no more. Now, you get a choice of maybe five recent folders you've used, and that's it.

Here's what I see when I try to bookmark...

When I select the 2nd down arrow (circled in red below) you see more...

Is that what you meant?

28 posted on 04/23/2012 10:06:55 PM PDT by zeugma (Those of us who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living.)
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To: Straight Vermonter

I’ve heard good things about FoxIt and will have to look into it more.

Jack


29 posted on 04/24/2012 4:00:00 AM PDT by JackOfVA
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To: zeugma

I don’t know what just happened, but after looking at your screen shots, I played around with my bookmarking tool, and voila...it’s now operating just like yours.

I’m glad to have it working like it used to, but it’s still irritating that I had to go to so much effort to sort out a function that used to be so simple.

Thanks for doing whatever you did! LOL


30 posted on 04/24/2012 9:43:41 AM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: dayglored
because it's the last FF version to support the ancient Java version required by some of my old Cisco security devices' firmware.

Me too. It really messed me up when FF decided to block the old Java plugin as unsafe. They said it could be used and unblocked for those who know and accept the risks...but I never did find a way to do that. Had to uninstall all Java...reinstall the plugin, then select "unblock" in the plugin config.

Any install of any newer Java breaks it. So, naturally, many other apps now don't work.

31 posted on 04/24/2012 2:37:44 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (I will not comply. I will NEVER submit.)
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To: CedarDave

I’m using FF9, and that’s as far as I plan to go. I have the executables for 3.6, I’m tempted to reinstall it and forget all this 9, 10, 12 garbage.


32 posted on 04/24/2012 4:15:03 PM PDT by ducttape45
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To: ducttape45
I’m using FF9, and that’s as far as I plan to go. I have the executables for 3.6, I’m tempted to reinstall it and forget all this 9, 10, 12 garbage.

I'd suggest you not. If you're using FF-9 you are most of the way there as the newest version (FF-12 released today) will assume all your add-ons work so if they are working in FF-9 they will work in FF-12.

My problem is that the upgrade from 3.6 to a more recent version of FF will take out my entire screen arrangement and break links for any add-ons not supported by a later version (and I have a few). Also on the downside, today, April 24, is the last day FF will support v.3.6. Any security breaches after today will not be addressed so that version (and earlier) can be hacked.

The next version, FF-13, due out in June will drop versions of Windows earlier than XP with service pack 2. So its a mixed bag, but I'm just going to have to bite the bullet and upgrade in the next few days.

33 posted on 04/24/2012 5:46:57 PM PDT by CedarDave (Romney: Dresses and looks like a '50's character from "Mad Men" but no one's buying his shtick.)
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To: ShadowAce

I upgraded to FF 12.0 4/24. OSX Snow Leopard up to date.

My son sent me to a youtube link and I can’t open it. Tells me I need a plugin and to search.
When I search it tells me there are no applicable plugins.

On checking several youtube videos I get the same result.
Some play, some don’t.
Can’t figure out what’s happening.


34 posted on 05/13/2012 8:24:57 AM PDT by Vinnie (A)
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