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Firefox 3.0.1 Released!

     
8:29 am on Jul 20, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Fixed several security issues

Fixed several stability issues.

Fixed an issue where the phishing and malware database did not update on first launch.

Under certain circumstances, Firefox 3.0 did not properly save the SSL certificate exceptions list.

Updated the internal Public Suffix list.

In certain cases, installing Firefox 2 in the same directory in which Firefox 3 has been installed resulted in Firefox 2 being unstable. This issue was fixed as part of Firefox 2.0.0.15.

Fixed an issue where, when printing a selected region of content from the middle of a page, some of the output was missing.

Fixed a Linux issues where, for users on a PPP connection (dialup or DSL) Firefox always started in "Offline" mode.

[mozilla.com...]

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9:27 am on July 24, 2008 (gmt 0)

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<Rant starts>
Am I the only one with a very annoying upgrade now box in the corner of my desktop which won't go away?

I don't want to upgrade yet because a couple of my favourite extensions aren't compatible!

When I click 'not now' I expect the box to vanish, not sit on top of my other applications (right where the file menu is).
<Rant over>

edit:
Ah, I take it back. The box has vanished on its own!

11:33 pm on Aug 16, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Well, I made the upgrade to the latest version and have spent all day fixing problems. Broke bunches of extensions, all themes, and I am totally lost.

On the plus side, I am fully current again, have dropped some extensions and themes that needed to go, and have 'shopped' for new 'can't live without' goodies.

Numerous 'usability' or functionality issues remain for me, in part from big changes in the latest version of FF, and especially due to lost functionality in extensions that are not updated yet.

My biggest issue right now is that when I type in a URL in the address bar (I have junked most of those address bar 'improvements'.), I cannot find a way to get the URL to open in the same tab. If I want a new tab or window, that is what Mouse Gestures are for. How do I open new pages in the same tab? I have enough tabs open already!

It's going to take some time to come to terms with this FF.

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got a question here, just downloaded, but Im thinking of removing it again. reason is, I use the top URL history alot, but when the dropdown comes it just shows the all my lates sites, where it before just showed the domains I typed in, how do i get it like that again.
2:26 pm on Aug 26, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Google - firefox extensions oldbar -

That will mostly fix one of the worst 'improvements' I have ever seen It was a two or three step process for me to fix it all. There was an about:config change, which I will have to see if I can find in my notes. Those @%%#@ stars had to go too. old bar was the last piece that I found in dealing with that and may do the trick as an 'all in one' fix.

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hmm maybe I should get the old again
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Today when I was prompted about upgrading to version 3.0, the window told me which extensions that I had would break - and if they had a new version for 3.0. I appreciated that very much. I'll keep checking untili see that my mission-critical add-ons can all be updated.
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I didn't get that window and it would have made a big difference if I had. It broke EVERY theme (though I've only used one 'Aluminum Kai' for a long time now, and broke bunches of extensions - including Vertigo, which is vital for me. There is another extension that I found, which works in FF3 that does pretty much the same thing; Tree Style Tab. Like Vertigo better; maybe it will get updated, or maybe I will warm up to Tree Style Tab. It cost me a ton of time and hassle to get FF3 set up.

My biggest problem, which I have yet to find a solution for, is that if a type in an address in the address bar - it insists upon opening in new tab and this is driving me bonkers. Like I don't keep enough open tabs already!

They really should provide a layman's language page for these updates so it is easier to make an informed decision about when to upgrade or what one will need to be prepared to get used to. It will be fine in the end. What, I'm not going to keep up with FF? But feel like I really got snake bit on this one.

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hmm i cant find a old version of firefox, so its back to IE7 which is also good
9:59 pm on Aug 26, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Google - firefox extensions oldbar -

That will mostly fix one of the worst 'improvements' I have ever seen It was a two or three step process for me to fix it all. There was an about:config change, which I will have to see if I can find in my notes. Those @%%#@ stars had to go too. old bar was the last piece that I found in dealing with that and may do the trick as an 'all in one' fix.

This didn't work for me. Still get the stars and the list of... what, sites I bookmarked last week mixed with sites/pages I visited today, and not even in the right order.

What a pain. Maybe I did the oldbar upgrade wrong.

10:20 pm on Aug 26, 2008 (gmt 0)

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How about the address bar drop down?

It's the only I've seen that is annoying so far, they've got the page titles in the drop-down that appears when you begin typing an address in. Takes up too much space and is more difficult to scan.

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I found the source for the very first step that I took in dealing with the address bar:

about:config
Find: browser.urlbar.matchOnlyTyped - Set to TRUE.

That was an incomplete fix. I did something else (which I still haven't found yet), and then the oldbar extension was the last thing. That has fixed everything but those darn 'stars', which I don't need, but can live with for now. Since I think they represent pages that I have bookmarked, they may actually be helpful if can get used to them, though I've got handy-dandy tool that strips out duplicate bookmarks, so we'll call it a draw for now.

This link might be helpful. A new one that I've found for this situation, and one that I need to look over more thoroughly. This is upsetting a whole lot of people who are taking action.

mozillalinks.org [mozillalinks.org]

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So I knew you would've been discussing it while I was on hols :)

I'm still getting the upgrade now box, but am postponing it (well except under a separate profile) I think this latest upgrade will stall the download rate for "regular" users because of the extension compatibility issue and I have a feeling we just landed in Firefox x-browser issue land? much like the IE versions of old, is this the FF tipping point?

what's the stats for FF2.x versus 3.x

I applaud FF for the huge FF3 rollout but still my 'gut instinct' tells me it's only the 'geeks' amongst us who will be using the very latest version at all times

any more thoughts?

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Well, I installed it and then thought about reverting back to v2.x but saw that they would only support v2.x until December 2008.

I wonder if staying with v3.x might not be best if they aren't going to support 2,x very long.

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SuzyUK - I think that you are exactly right, except that a lot of 'regular' users are going to be caught out. That is, unsuspecting of how much impact this may have for them - it will already be installed, bunches of extensions and themes won't work, plus they've changed some of the standard functionality. Such as the address bar disaster which is a big-time tipping point issue for me. If I wanted something like that, then I would want it as an optional extension. Most people will probably just live with it and not 'roll back'. But they may be a lot more concerned about futures updates and 'upgrades'.

It is like an 'all new FF' and I am still a pretty unhappy camper. I did 'review' all my extensions and themes. Dropped some, added some. Found a couple of alternate options for a couple of mission critical extensions and functionality issues. So, it wasn't a total loss in that I put a lot into learning a bit about FF3 - but hadn't planned on that day being derailed. Didn't even feel that I was on my own computer. Very alien feeling.

Overall, I guess that I will be okay and get over myself:) Don't feel like I have a choice but to stay fully current on version, though I usually delay long enough to get a feel for how much I should expect to be affected on extensions. Always been a problem, a guesstimate to know when to go ahead and take an update.

Hopefully, the extension developers will keep up and/or catch up - but that is always a problem. They design something brilliant, move on, and don't come back to maintain functionality with upgrades. It comes up so much anyway, that there has got to be a better way for FF to help out extension developers and help themselves in the process. Seems an unnecessarily common problem that could have at least some degree of avoidability built in. Out of my realm, so maybe a necessary, but steep, downside to upgrading.

I'm still looking for some adjustments. Going to have to do something with bookmarking extension(s). Haven't lost any, just totally lost in working with them right now.