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FireFox 1.0 is out

 1:51 am on Nov 9, 2004 (gmt 0)

FF is out. http://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/firefox/nightly/latest-0.11/



 5:23 pm on Nov 10, 2004 (gmt 0)

I had two complaints about Firefox version 0.7. First it was slower than IE and the clarity of images it displayed seemed to suffer. I just downloaded 1.0. Wow! I am impressed how fast it is! Maybe, finally, I'll replace IE as my default browser.


 8:37 pm on Nov 10, 2004 (gmt 0)

Nearly every extension has been updated, you just may need to download the latest version of them. I've been using the updated Web Developer and Google/PR plugins with the Preview Release and both Review Candidates.


 1:58 am on Nov 11, 2004 (gmt 0)

CNN News (TV) is reporting that Firefox/1.0 has been downloaded 8 million times since its release yesterday. That even beats the download rate for the 1.0PR release.



 9:49 am on Nov 11, 2004 (gmt 0)

No, version 0.10.1 was downloaded 8 million times - they had a page on Spreadfirefox.com which showed the number of downloads increasing daily, before the final version was out. Er, unless you are right and all those users have upgraded suddenly!


 2:19 pm on Nov 11, 2004 (gmt 0)

From a post [spreadfirefox.com] on Spreadfirefox.com:
Firefox 1.0 has been released in 17 languages and on 5 platforms. But you—and 1,000,000 others—already knew that. That's right, folks: at least one million downloads of Firefox 1.0 on launch day.


 2:46 pm on Nov 11, 2004 (gmt 0)

Checking the stats this morning of one webmaster-orientated site I run:

  • Firefox 70.7%
  • MSIE 21.6%
  • Mozilla 3.7%
  • Safari 1.8%

    Also: 50.4% Windows, 46.6% Linux.

    I know it's not typical, but one can dream... :)

  • Mohamed_E

     7:13 pm on Nov 11, 2004 (gmt 0)

    A year or more ago I moved from IE to Netscape 7.1 for the added security, and got as a bonus a popup blocker, cookies control and tabs. Was delighted! Later updated to 7.2 which did fix a few bugs.

    Today I installed Firefox/Thunderbird.

    The very good news is that, best I can tell, every single one of my customizations was carried over. No need to do any configuring, period :)

    The bad news is that, so far, it seems very similar to Netscape. No feeling that I have a shiny new toy :(


     8:00 pm on Nov 11, 2004 (gmt 0)

    Then let's shine up your FireFox a bit! ;)

    First step: Install the Phoenity theme. (This will give you a nice fresh look for while you do the other customizations.)

    Second, follow the instructions in this thread [webmasterworld.com]. Note that some settings have changed; you'll have to create the nglayout.initialpaint.delay setting yourself.

    Third, install the Single Window and All In One Gestures extensions.

    Fourth, look around and tweak the settings. Install whatever other extensions sound interesting. Personally I like Scrapbook, GrepSidebar, EZ-Sidebar, Sage, Compact Menu, Google PageRank Status, Flat Bookmark Editing, Related Sidebar, Outliner, Ook, MiniT, and SessionSaver, to name a few. Not all of these are available at Mozilla Update, so try www.extensionsmirror.nl if you need to.

    Fifth, start looking around for tips on how to use your userChrome.css and user.js files.

    After all this, your FireFox should be decidedly your own, and will almost certainly have new appeal! ;)


     8:10 pm on Nov 11, 2004 (gmt 0)

    I highly recommend the dictionary search extention. It allows you 4 entries for your search, so not only can you add a dictionary search but also thesaurus, google etc. The extention allows you to highlight a word, right click and then search for that word.

    Very handy.


     3:40 am on Nov 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

    I'm surprised nobody has mentioned Scribe, the extension that lets you save a textarea and reloaded it later if necessary. And what about SpellBound, the spelling checker?


     4:13 pm on Nov 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

    I've been spotting FF affiliate buttons creeping up all over....

    "Take back the web

    I'm thinking this has some steam.

    Also, the W3Schools site has some pretty interesting statistics on browser use.

    They have Mozilla related browsers going from 8.2% in January to 17.7% in November (partial stats for November). The gain looks like it's come right off of IE, as Opera stats have remained flat.

    W3Schools Browser Stats [w3schools.com]


     8:15 pm on Nov 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

    From the Sunday Washington Post [washingtonpost.com]. No reason to "endure" IE any longer.


     6:49 am on Nov 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

    And using the firefox bugmenot extension I was able to read that article in a few seconds rather than spending 5 minutes signing up :)

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