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6:10 pm on Jan 21, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Firefox 3.6 is now released.
12:39 am on Jan 22, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I was going to install, but a good number of my add-ons are not yet compatible. Those are important enough that I'm going to have to wait to update.
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What I love about Firefox is being able to run different versions side by side without trickery. The thing that stops me from upgrading to IE8 is that I would lose my ability to do testing on IE7 or IE6 because I only have two machines.
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@Bill,

Get the Firefox Add-on compatibility reporter extension [addons.mozilla.org...]

It will allow you to disable compatibility checking of add-ons and then report back if they are working okay. Many add-ons will work just fine and only need the developer to version bump the add-on.

Of course your mileage will vary.

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Uh, the Firefox Persona's [getpersonas.com] are definitely worth the price of admission for 3.6 IMO.
Talk about just plain COOL!

Apparently they've been around for a while, so I'm glad they're available for Macs now.

BTW: Is it okay for me to say I really like 'SummerWood', but went with 'ZedPlan' for now, or is the mere mention of a Persona such as 'SummerWood' against the TOS?

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One of the things I like, and am *pretty sure* wasn't available in 3.5, you have tabs like

site 1 ¦ site 2 ¦site 3

Right click link in site two and select open in new tab and it does

site 1 ¦ site 2 ¦ new tab ¦site 3

instead of

site 1 ¦ site 2 ¦site 3 ¦new tab

AND . . . you can drag and reorder the tabs right to left.

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The new tab opening in the middle is new for FF3.6. I personally didn't like this. I really prefer my new tabs to open at the end so I can go along and close a bunch in mass without accidentally closing a tab I always keep open.

If you want to go back to the old behavior with the tabs opening at the end, go into about:config and look for "browser.tabs.insertRelatedAfterCurrent" set this option to false.

One word of warning about personas, as of FF3.6 personas can not be used at the same time as you are using a custom theme. Previously you could use personas and custom themes together (with varying degrees of success). Now Firefox forces you to choose between using personas or a custom theme. There is nothing theme developers can do to override this.

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Mac users beware FF 3.6.

It's broken.

All previous versions worked well, but this one doesn't open .htm files via Mac Finder. Even .htm files that are designated to be opened by FF by default do not open.

Also the PageSpeed addon is no longer compatible.

Wait for the next update of FF.

1:17 am on Jan 23, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Page Speed can be enabled for Firefox 3.6 by installing the "Add-on Compatibility Reporter" extension at: [addons.mozilla.org...]

Thus far the only glitch I have found with Page Speed under FF3.6 that wasn't there under FF3.5.7 was that Page Speed is unable to tell you what CSS instructions aren't being used on the current page. Otherwise Page Speed is actually working faster for me on FF3.6 than it was on FF3.5

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Are you using the +Mac+ version Ken?
FF Not being able to open .htm files with Mac's Finder is serious.
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I'm on WinXP and I wasn't talking about the .htm issue. My post only addressed the Page Speed issue, which affects everyone not just mac users.

Did you file a bug report at bugzilla on your .htm issue?

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FF 3.6 for Mac broken: No KenB, I simply reverted to the previous FF 3.5.7 version which works perfectly. Since FF 3.6 has the Mac Finder problem, there will be a lot of other bugs too. They'll be swamped: I'll wait patiently :)

FF is still my default browser on Mac.

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I tried updating one of my Windows machines (64-bit Vista) and FF simply crashes every few minutes. I closed all the tabs and literally went to http://example.com and let FF 3.6 sit there. A few minutes later it crashed and offered to send a report to Mozilla. This repeats endlessly.

I'm going to experiment disabling add-ons. What a waste of time. :(

 

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