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Firefox 24 (beta)

     
4:00 pm on Aug 12, 2013 (gmt 0)

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The beta is released, for those that like to test, and those don't mind if their browser crashes.

Three new options include, Support for new scrollbar style in Mac OS X 10.7 and newer, close tabs to the right, and on the social side, the ability to tear-off chat windows to view separately by simply dragging them out.

For developers, the browser console is improved for better debugging.

Firefox 24 (Beta) [mozilla.org...]

Release notes [mozilla.org...]
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Firefox 3.5 introduced the ability to drag a tab off and have it create a new window so that isn't anything new.


Firefox 24 is effectively Firefox 7.
Firefox 4
Firefox 5 = Firefox 10
Firefox 6 = Firefox 17
Firefox 7 = Firefox 24

This corresponds with ESR releases that are supported for 54 weeks. Don't get me wrong, I love cutting edge but I don't have the time EVERY 42 days to update Firefox, break extensions, etc for a release that I can't even write a full sentence about in a blog entry.

I am however looking forward to Firefox 24 ESR as it'll introduce Web notifications which were introduced in Firefox 22.

For those also interested in not being forced to update every 42 days you can find the ESR releases at http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/organizations/all.html [mozilla.org].

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It takes less than 30 seconds and one click of a button to upgrade Firefox.
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It's not the "one-click" upgrade itself that takes time, it's finding fixes for the extensions broken by that update that can take a lot more than 30 seconds to do and it's just not worth going through that every 42 days.
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Well, that's up to the extension writers to fix their own code. They have plenty of notice how to do that and, from what I've known in the past, it frequently just needed to update their revision number. They don't stay on top of things as they should.
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I'm happy sticking to FF 3.5.9 for Macs thank you.
My Addons work perfectly, it's lean, fast, and as secure as I require it to be.
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And it doesn't work with a lot of sites.
8:32 pm on Aug 14, 2013 (gmt 0)

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...Especially sites on my server! :)

Don't be fooled, Angonasec: old FF versions ARE vulnerable, sometimes VERY vulnerable; especially on windows and macs. And especially if you use java, javascript, flash...
9:34 am on Aug 23, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I usually have nine or ten active extensions, and I have not had a problem with an upgrade for a long time.

Smaller upgrades means less breaks on each upgrade.
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Smaller upgrades means somebody has forgotten that you're allowed to put stuff on the right-hand side of the decimal point. That's what it's there for.
11:00 am on Aug 23, 2013 (gmt 0)

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@lucy, true - but its not a decimal point. The way software is numbered:

1.10 is higher than 1.9

you can have things like 1.10.3
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Yes, in fact I was thinking of 6.0.8 :) Not a browser, but same principle.
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Cracks me up when I read of people clinging to old versions of Firefox because you aren't experiencing the web the same as your customers are and they may be having issues.

I'm on automatic updates on all browsers for all devices, that's just the way it is.

That's how the masses do it and I'm right there on the bleeding edge with everyone else when it hits the fan.

C'est la vie.