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keep in mind many extensions are going to be broken on this release
I am sticking with 10.1 for another week or two...
It's been a very long time coming, but I'm glad to see it here at last!
<edit>You'll need to download and save the .xpi's to your hard disk in order to repackage the extension, of course. Once you've repackaged them, you can probably just reinstall them to your existing profile and they'll work.</edit>
I know there must be a lot of other advantages, but those are the ones I could think of in thirty seconds. ;)
Oh, I also found an easier method of updating extensions. From John Liebson at [forums.mozillazine.org...] :
1. Turn off Firefox.
2. In the profile, go to the Extensions folder.
3. Open the extensions.rdf file. In that file, search for MaxVersion, change it, if need be, to 1.0. Close the file.
4. Restart FF, renable extensions.
Between 1.0RC and 1.0, I haven't noticed much difference except the built-in tab options. There are a few other improvements; for instance, the Customize Toolbar window is now actually a separate window that can be moved around or minimized. All in all, I'd say 1.0RC is just about as good as 1.0. If you have twenty minutes with nothing else to do, give it a try. Otherwise, I don't think you're missing much.
If I understand this correct Firefox is built from netscape technology. So if this is correct is it still worth changing over to this product?
It's more accurate to says it the other way around - Netscape was based on an older version of Mozilla technology. FireFox is much improved over that, smaller by far, and faster- supportive of even more standards, and customizable in some exceptionally useful ways.
Yes, it's definitely worth trying - and you don't have to commit, just try it out and still keep Netscape on your machine as well.
In particular, the final paragraphs make for interesting reading:
"Firefox, which was originally called Firebird, also has a growing number of vocal net-based fans.
A campaign co-ordinated by the Spread Firefox website attempted to raise the $50,000 needed for a full page advert in the New York Times.
The campaign set itself a target of recruiting 10,000 volunteers. Ten days into the campaign 25,000 people had signed up and now about $250,000 has been raised.
The ad is due to run sometime in a three-week period in late November/early December.
The surplus cash will be used to help keep the Mozilla Foundation running"
I presume that, having read the posts so far re. the slowness of Mozilla.org's servers, this is already proving to be a very popular download. And, no doubt, with there also being a prominent "Support Our Work/Make a Donation" link on the site's front page, more (much needed) cash will be finding its way into Mozilla's coffers. Certainly they'll need it if FireFox is to gain 10% of the Windows-using, net browsing population.
how do you recommend I install the new 1.0 version? Right on top of it?
Mozilla recommend disabling extensions in old version(right click in extensions window > disable), then uninstalling before installing v1.0.
Just done this and it worked a treat - All the bookmarks, extensions etc are in docs + settings so are just reused on the new install. Firefox searches for the new V1.0 extensions and replaces them automatically. Some extensions eg web developer are already setup for v1.0. The only one which didn't update was page rank which you can manually set for v1.0 as explained in previous post