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Still the only browser on the planet to correctly support position:fixed and overflow:auto at the same time.
Also out is another branch, running I think gecko 1.8a1 and 1.8a2, that's called 0.8+ or something, but won't be the one that is running version 1.0 when it comes out, if I read correctly, that's actually more interesting to check out since it does incorporate actual differences, not just bug fixes.
It's kind of a pain switching, I have far too many mozillas installed on my computer so the new ones never know where to get their favorites/cookies/passwords etc from, always the wrong place, probably my first windows isntalled version, 1.0 or something.
That said, I downloaded the 20040604 nightly for Win32 a few days ago, and it's rock solid, so if you want the newest version of Firefox without the flakiness of the new features, download one of the later 0.8 nightly builds -- they'll be much easier to install cleanly in the immediate future. See
The Burning Edge [squarefree.com] for details.
General problems with the 0.9 RC include extension management (you'll see incompatibilities with old extensions until the various developers get their act together), and new theme that has been universally not acclaimed (!). See Djst's webblog [weblogs.mozillazine.org] for a comparison of the 0.8 theme with the 0.9 theme [weblogs.mozillazine.org]. Bleh :-(
Bear in mind that the purpose of beta and release candidate versions is to iron out problems and incompatibilities, so it's reasonable to expect that some significant things will be broken until the point release.
My personal opinion is that the 0.9 upgrade is not currently worth the hassle. I may give it another try in a month or so after more themes and extensions have been updated. Overall, I expect to stay with 0.8 until 1.0 comes out.
Overall, I expect to stay with 0.8 until 1.0 comes out.
That's what I've been leaning towards myself based on these responses. I only started using Firefox a couple of weeks ago, having been an IE user since 4.0, and it has already become my default browser. It ain't broke so I ain't fixin it :)
I've never thought Opera was good enough, I still don't, although if I was surfing on a cell phone or a handheld (shoot me if you see me do that...) it would be my first choice, also if I needed to add a browser to a 133mghz windows 95 box Opera is great, I've done that it works really well.
I am checking out the new 0.8.0+ firefox builds, those are not the main branch though, but the next version, alpha stuff, but I don't use those nightly builds too much, just to see where it's going.
That's what I've been leaning towards myself based on these responses. I only started using Firefox a couple of weeks ago, having been an IE user since 4.0, and it has already become my default browser. It ain't broke so I ain't fixin it
Ditto. Couple of months ago, not weeks, for me though.
Anyway, from the point of view of a theme developer, I just wish that they would stabilize the format so that you don't have to update everything in your theme every 3 months. I'm betting that from version 1.0 or 1.1, we'll see an explosion in availability of compatible themes and extensions, as it becomes less susceptible to change and people start putting out finalized versions for the long-term.