Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 21st Jan 2010 22:22 UTC, submitted by aaronb
Mozilla & Gecko clones After a number of delays, Mozilla today released version 3.6 of the successful Firefox web browser. It brings with it numerous improvements and new features, and of course speed improvements are welcomed, too.
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What's New?
by Peter Besenbruch on Fri 22nd Jan 2010 02:58 UTC
Peter Besenbruch
Member since:
2006-03-13

On the surface, not much. I have been using version 3.6 since its first release candidate, and it is closer to its predecessor than any new version of Firefox I have used. Under the hood, you tend to get text loading consistently before images, and the tab you are focused on before those in the background. In general, 3.6 gives the impression of being faster. I understand that it supports some of the newer HTML standards better.

There also is a new tab preview feature that, while not as good as the Tabscope extension, is good enough. Apparently, it causes trouble with Windows 7, so it's disabled by default. Changing "browser.allTabs.previews" to true will put a button on the tab line that you can click on to preview your tabs. Changing "browser.ctrlTab.previews" to true will produce the same previews with a Ctrl-Tab keystroke.

I tend to behave badly toward my browsers. If there is no update to an extension when I want to upgrade, I edit the install.rdf file of the extension I want to keep, and soldier on. You should, of course, never do this. ;) So far, the old extensions and even my themes transitioned fine.

All in all, it's the kind of upgrade I like: Lots of improvements under the hood, and very little disruption.

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RE: What's New?
by UltraZelda64 on Fri 22nd Jan 2010 09:15 in reply to "What's New?"
UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

All in all, it's the kind of upgrade I like: Lots of improvements under the hood, and very little disruption.

I totally agree on this point. Firefox 3 gave us the so-called "awesome" bar which forced me to start compiling a long list of bookmarks just for it to work as expected, and a major annoyance in the way the Back/Forward buttons work when right-clicking them (which still confuses and annoys me to this day). If I right-click the Back button, I should get a list of the pages I visited before the one I'm on--not a confusing list of those plus the ones I was at after the current one.

This update seems to be just small but useful updates; no "WTF?" type changes. I'm about to try it out in wine, and might update my main version to 3.6.

Edit: Just tried it. I'm surprised there's no separate "Personas" section of the add-ons window. Instead, they're all lumped in the "Themes" section with all the traditional themes. Weird... I'm sure people who have a collection of regular themes and personas will eventually see the downfalls of this...

Edited 2010-01-22 09:34 UTC

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RE[2]: What's New?
by FooBarWidget on Fri 22nd Jan 2010 14:42 in reply to "RE: What's New?"
FooBarWidget Member since:
2005-11-11

Why do you need a long list of bookmarks to make awesomebar behave like you want? I have several websites which I visit regularly that are not bookmarked, and after using awesomebar for a few times it lists those sites on top. Isn't that the behavior you want?

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RE: What's New?
by Elv13 on Sat 23rd Jan 2010 21:05 in reply to "What's New?"
Elv13 Member since:
2006-06-12

extensions.checkCompatibility.3.6b at false is better than editing the extensions ;)

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