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6:08 am on Nov 7, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I've got the latest release of Firefox 8 running on a few machines. Looks good so far. I like the new add-on manager. It clearly lays out and explains the status of your add-ons.

If you would like to get a copy before this version is pushed out to the masses on Tuesday head over to the Mozilla FTP site: ftp://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/firefox/releases/8.0/
7:26 am on Nov 7, 2011 (gmt 0)

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We'll be up to Firefox 99 at this rate.

I hope they have made it easy to delete rather than just disable an Add on.

And it gets very confusing between
Add Ons
Plug Ins
Extensions
8:06 am on Nov 7, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I guess they will slow down when they have reached the same version number as internet explorer.

They are probably thinking that many people believe IE is superior, because of the higher version number.
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I heard that the new numbering system (ie no 7.1 etc) was due to Chrome doing that.
9:03 am on Nov 7, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Didn't we all just update Firefox last week? When they came out with the invisible-protocol thing?

I like decimal points myself. They say "we had to make a couple of tweaks but we're not brazen enough to call it a whole new integer". (Contrariwise, I always thought Mac OS 7.5 should have been called 8, on user-interface grounds alone.) My current browser says

Version 2.0.9 (1.9.0.19 2011091218)

I have no idea what the "18" is for. Maybe they rolled it out at 1800 hours in the time zone of their choice.
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I hope theyve ironed out some of these bugs which seemed to have stacked up this year.
4:16 pm on Nov 7, 2011 (gmt 0)

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No thanks, I'll stick with FF 3.5.9 because the version after that broke on PPC Macs and FF didn't even notice.

Very happy with this old Fox :) Far too much junk in the later versions.
4:21 pm on Nov 7, 2011 (gmt 0)

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is firefox trying to kill itself?

why have they just lost their minds over there?
5:23 pm on Nov 7, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Just like Microsoft in the 1990's when they said that from now on all their software would be numbered based on the Year.

Eg Windows 95, 98 etc.

They soon gave up on that.
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I fear they're losing the plot at Mozilla after Google's 'betrayal.'

I fear development will halt for a while and then bang... we'll have a FireFox Begins.
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I wish they would do a bit of work on their Bookmark Manager.
It is very user-unfriendly.
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Firefox is starting to suck big time. Opening the download dialog box, freezes the browser. Hangs on me quite often. That memory leak problem still exists I believe. And man, not to mention the smartphone browser app of firefox...biggest piece of poo I ever used. What in the world is going on in Mozilla?

I don't want to use Chrome, because google keeps track of me and probably installs some type of unique identifier on my computer.

IE blows, and has no good extensions. Back to firefox 3.6.
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Re the Firefox Download Dialog Box
What I don't like about it is that is has a bug.
It says Do you want to Open the file or Save it.
It then asks if you want to do this every time Check the box.
But I am never able to check the box
And it swaps between Download and open as it feels like it.

I have never been able to find an easy way to report such bubs to Mozilla. Their website is just too huge.
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You think you've got problems. Imagine trying to find-- let alone report-- anything Camino-specific when all the Mozillas are lumped together in one vast message board.

Oh well. Wasn't it Humphrey Bogart who said "We'll always have Safari"?
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No thanks, I'll stick with FF 3.5.9


Iceweasel 3.5.16
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7:12 pm on Nov 15, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I went back to v.7, 8.0 keeps crashing on me.
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Thunderbird just jumped from version 3 to 8, but they still have a way to go before their version number matches Outlook 2003.
10:36 am on Nov 23, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I hope they have made it easy to delete rather than just disable an Add on.

It's the plugins you're talking about and yes same here.
8:37 am on Dec 12, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I'll try the new version