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1:51 am on Nov 9, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Hold your horses! That 0.11 nightly is not necessarily 1.0. Just hang on in there a few more hours and you'll get the real thing. By all means download it if you're really impatient, but otherwise wait until the announcement is made and the confirmation that it's the right version.
9:29 am on Nov 9, 2004 (gmt 0)

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It's now out!

[forums.mozillazine.org...]

2:13 pm on Nov 9, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Mozilla's home page and the forums are wicked slow loading. Here's hoping their servers can hold up under the crush.

If any of the Moz gang hang out here, I'd just like to pass on congrats and a "good onya."

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some mozilla authorized mirrors:
ftp://mozilla.oregonstate.edu/pub/mozilla.org/firefox/releases/
ftp://trillian.cc.gatech.edu/pub/mozilla.org/firefox/releases/
ftp://mozilla.ussg.indiana.edu/pub/mozilla.org/firefox/releases/

keep in mind many extensions are going to be broken on this release
I am sticking with 10.1 for another week or two...

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Apart from changing the file name for the Linux version (the gtk2+xft and i686 are now apparently assumed and have been replaced by the language version), the download was very fast. However, update.mozilla.org seems a bit dead at the moment, so I can't check for updates to themes or extensions yet.

It's been a very long time coming, but I'm glad to see it here at last!

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I can't get to mozilla.org at all. Looks like it's a hit. :)
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A very interesting thing with the 1.0 version: the new default home page, hosted by... Google!:

[google.com...]

And who said they weren't interested in building a browser?! I wonder how much they "contributed" to get that feature added?

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Hey, they finally got tabbed browsing options part of the core - and it works!

It's about time!

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Are the built-in tab functions good enough to take the place of an extension like TBE? I'm hoping the answer is yes.
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The built in tab options are pretty basic. Actually it would have been more accurate to say that single-window option is now part of the core. Real tab options, such as drag'n'drop, clicking options, etc., will still need to be supplied by extensions.
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Did they remove the style sheet switcher from 1.0?
11:05 pm on Nov 9, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Is it free?
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Reflection and Emporor: Yes to both questions. Too bad about the styleswitcher, but at least there are extensions to put it back.
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version 1.0 seems to be faster than .9.

faster is good :)

11:45 pm on Nov 9, 2004 (gmt 0)

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There are still many extensions that haven't been updated, including Web Developer. Just so you know.
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My google toolbar and PR/Dmoz tool is gone.
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It's easy to repackage them. Just open the .xpi file in WinZip, find the install.rdf file and open it in a decent text editor, change the maxVersion to 1.0 or greater, hit the save button in your text editor, close it, confirm to have the changes added to the .xpi archive, close WinZip, then drag the .xpi file onto an active browser window. Works like a charm and can be done in seconds. I just repackaged about thirty extensions this afternoon in a little bit of no time.

<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>

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New to the game but learning, can somebody please explain to me the big deal about mozilla and firefox trying to understand the benefit of it.
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12:32 am on Nov 10, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Benefits of FireFox:

  • Free
  • Extremely fast
  • Highly customizable
  • Secure
  • Renders HTML and CSS more accurately than any other browser

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.
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I have the 1.0 Preview Release now, how do you recommend I install the new 1.0 version? Right on top of it? Maybe I should uninstall (which never fully uninstalls anything) first?

Thanks,
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Every time I upgrade, I install to a different directory and create a new profile. With that said, I would think that you could use your existing profile if you install to a different directory. Be aware that this will disable the majority of your extensions - but you can follow the instructions above to get your extensions compatible again.

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.

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Hmm FLST and the google PR tool are the only ones that wouldn't work on mine. Oh well. Anyway absolutely top notch job- paticularily with the extra control over javascripts now. No more hiding my toolbars.
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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?
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If I am allready running netscape as my browser?
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nice

[google.com...]

6:27 am on Nov 10, 2004 (gmt 0)

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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.

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Here's an article from the BBC News website about FireFox 1.0's launch: [news.bbc.co.uk...]

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.

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I installed version 1.0 over 10.1 and it kept the Web Developer toolbar.
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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

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