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3:16 am on Jun 6, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Firefox 13.0

First offered to release channel users on June 5, 2012:

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3:18 am on June 6, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Got it. Disabled two features immediately: Smooth scrolling and NewTab, otherwise, memory use is down a bit and seems pretty zippy. I'm in the camp where some enhancements just aren't highly desired.
7:35 am on June 6, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I got FF13 on one machine, but the rest of my networks still don't have it yet. No hurry though. I don't see anything groundbreaking in this release...just incremental improvements. It certainly doesn't feel like a point release product.
8:58 am on June 8, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Bill, all releases get a full version increment for Firefox, as with Chrome. I find it annoying.
10:20 pm on June 10, 2012 (gmt 0)

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FF 14 beta 6 was just offered as a D/L on my work PC on Friday.

RIP FireFox version 13 8-)
12:41 am on June 11, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Gee, musta blinked. Yesterday I opened FF-- v. 11, it turned out-- did a routine Check for Updates and next thing I know I'm in v. 13.

But Camino still has the best ad blocker. And they make better (though bigger) pdf's than Safari.

Is Linux still chugging along cozily with 3.6?
7:16 am on June 11, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Well, I blinked too, Lucy, and I feel like Rip Van Winkle XIII. Like what the * is the "Awesome Bar"? Do you know how many [awesome bar] results Google wants to return when you search from San Francisco? 16,600,000!

Adding "firefox" to the [awesome bar] search returned a Mozilla blog FF3 article [blog.mozilla.org...] as the first result, and I realize that I've been using the A Bar for a while, but I've never encountered the name before.

Aside from that, a painless upgrade. As I was downloading it, though, and the numbers flashed by, I thought I was looking at version numbers rather than megabytes.
9:05 am on June 17, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Just updated to 13.0.1

May be a bit faster loading.
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For various reasons I still run Windows 2000 here on three machines. One is a web site development server that is almost never used for browsing, a second is one I use to edit Access databases and little else apart from local browsing to the dev server, the third is used by my wife because of some particular software requirements but she also browses with it.

Sadly, it appears that Windows 2000 is no longer supported by Firefox - the dev machine even told me that was so. Latest version I can run on them is, it seems, FF 12.

Sad. Looks like I'll have to buy my wife a linux machine for browsing. Which I have been threatening to do for some time now. How we'll find room on her desk for it I do not know. :(
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Sad. Looks like I'll have to buy my wife a linux machine for browsing. Which I have been threatening to do for some time now. How we'll find room on her desk for it I do not know. :(
Run the Windows 2000 in a Virtual Box session from Linux. With a wide flat panel screen upgrade the W2k can be it's old size with room left over for other open apps.
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I need to check all of her software against (eg) Wine. Or maybe 2000 in a virtual box but I'd rather not run MS Windows itself. Takes time to check, unfortunately. :(
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You could try here for FF 13
[portableapps.com...]

I run a lot of windows apps in portable mode on linux mint..without passing through "wine"..and a lot of older "machine code" win apps ( that I never got around to making "portable" ) under wine..
and the more recent ones work on XP too..maybe FF13 etc will work as a portable app on W2K..?
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+1 to PortableApps dot com.

Lots of solutions there apps wise with some depth in versions available for some programs.

I use their Firefox 4 as a fall back when a Firefox production release 'version bump' ends up disabling a needed plug-in.

Another possibility is to use the Remote Desktop [technet.microsoft.com] (app) to connect to the old box and have it stashed elsewhere but on your local network. There are Linux clients for this Windows service.
9:10 pm on June 19, 2012 (gmt 0)

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leosghost - thanks. I use ubuntu but I'll see what I can find.

hoople - I already use RDP to connect to both local and remote servers. I don't think it would be helpful in my wife's situation as her use of the software is intensive rather than occassional. :(

There is also the problem, on Windows 2000, that copy/paste does not work across RDP from linux. It used to but something now prevents it - possibly an upgrade in something or other (using klipper here - maybe it was a different app I used before).
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Is Linux still chugging along cozily with 3.6?


A bit slow to reply to this, but...

Linux versions of Firefox come out at the same time as Windows ones AFAIK. Some stable versions of Linux distros provide the FF version from the time of release of the distro version with security updates only, but even these usually have a repo that provides the latest FF if you want it. Ubuntu default repos update to latest FF release within days, and I think that is typical for desktop distros.
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@Hoople, I find seamless mode makes it a lot more usable without needing a bigger monitor.