Linked by lemur2 on Tue 8th Nov 2011 22:40 UTC
Mozilla & Gecko clones Mozilla has announced the release of Firefox 8 for Windows, Mac, Linux and Firefox for Android. This release appears to be a relatively minor update. Perhaps the main feature of this update is the ability for user control over third-party addons. "At Mozilla, we think you should be in control, so we are disabling add-ons installed by third parties without your permission and letting you pick the ones you want to keep." A detailed technical description of this new Firefox release can be found in the release notes.
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RE[2]: Comment by ilovebeer
by smitty on Sat 12th Nov 2011 05:25 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by ilovebeer"
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How are those plugins workin for ya? Guess you would not mind being unprotected or have some functionality broken because Mozilla bumped the major version, when it should have been a minor bump.

They're working fine here. I'm only using 6, and all 6 of them are working perfectly well in the FF 9 beta I'm running.

This is the norm, not an exception - the new rolling release schedule means that extensions should remain compatible between releases and the automatic testing/compatibility version bumping Mozilla does ensures that extensions don't get left behind.

Also, I have to respond to this assertion that somehow Firefox is less secure now because of the more frequent releases. That's dumb, the opposite is true. They are incorporating all the security fixes the old browser had into the new releases, and by making it a moving target hackers have less time to find holes than they did before. As long as you stay up to date with the latest version, you'll be fine. Sticking with an old version is no different that sticking with 3.6.0 instead of updating to 3.6.1 when it came out.

Edited 2011-11-12 05:27 UTC

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