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3:50 pm on Jan 8, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Firefox 18 is due for release today.

It's not yet in the download channel, but you can get it right away, should you feel you need it.

The Beta channel has the information on the changelog.

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8:14 am on Jan 9, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I used to have all my browsers on the beta/development version, but lately with the quicker release schedules I've moved back to the stable versions for everything.
8:28 am on Jan 9, 2013 (gmt 0)

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The changes from 17 and from 16 are minimal, so these are really just point releases.
1:48 pm on Jan 9, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Actually, 18 seems to have some substantial changes, including a totally new JavaScript engine.
8:44 pm on Jan 9, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Just tell me where the hackers are and I'll pick a different version :)
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According to threatopst.com...

"Firefox 18 Brings 21 Updates, Fixes Nearly 3000 Bugs"

Could still be classed as a "point release" but a fairly important one?
11:39 pm on Jan 9, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Previous versions have been the equivalent of a point release.

See what I did there - I just dismissed the new release as yet another point release.

They have no way to flag a significant release using the version number system.
7:15 am on Jan 10, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Fantastic new scaling algorithm for images.
9:01 am on Jan 10, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Under "known issues" it has "For some users, scrolling in the main GMail window will be slower than usual (see 579260)"

I've noticed sometimes on YouTube too that videos won't load up the first time round, second time round... in what appears to be a random thing. Sometimes it works first time, sometimes not. The paranoid in me says that they do this on purpose alongside a "try chrome!" ad.

I still use FF out of habit, it "works" but Ive found Chrome to be faster.
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I jumped straight from 15 to 18. No choice: I ran into one of those infernal sites that refuse even to try doing its thing if you're got the Wrong Browser.* And unfortunately it was a quasi-official function that I had no choice about. Otherwise I'd just have left the site after my second choice met the same message. Well, OK, I could have filled out the paper form, found a stamp and put it in snail mail. But who wants to do that?

So far I have no idea what if anything has changed, because while it was downloading I opened the previous day's logs, picked a likely UA string and told Safari to send it. Worked without a blip.


* Versions such-and-such of MSIE, Firefox, Chrome or-- so help me-- Safari for windows only.
12:44 am on Jan 18, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I'm having issues with 18: sluggish, delayed response and occasional cut'n paste issues on a Win7 machine. Sent in feedback.
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<rant>
Ridiculous ... I upgraded from 16 today after all the 'important notices' I've been getting, and tonight, working on a dev version of a site with the live one 'mirrored dynamically' I did 'something' and everything broke in the display ... So, I checked the live version to make sure I didn't mess up the live style sheet I was copying and pasting changes to, but everything looked fine.

A half an hour later, after copying and pasting the source code from the live version to the dev version and still seeing the display wrong, I finally quit FireFox and restarted ... What happened? The dev version worked Fine. The error was with FireFox ... Somehow it 'got stuck' in a wrong display. Huh? Seriously? ... Back to Safari if they don't stop with the Ridiculous update schedule that always seems to completely mess things up for a while when I finally decide to 'go with it' ... Talk about annoying.
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5:34 am on Jan 22, 2013 (gmt 0)

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18.0.1 did not fix any of my issues. Talking to Moz team about it now.
7:46 pm on Jan 22, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Not sure if this is ubuntu only but a regression notice was issued earlier today:

"USN-1681-1 fixed vulnerabilities in Firefox. Due to an upstream regression,
some translations became unusable after upgrading. This update fixes the
problem."
 

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