Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 27th Sep 2011 19:45 UTC, submitted by lemur2
Mozilla & Gecko clones Mozilla has released Firefox 7. Unlike releases of Firefox 5 and Firefox 6 which were relatively minor upgrades to the browser, Firefox 7 includes a number of significant improvements, most important of which is probably the drastically reduced memory usage.
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Biggest change...
by UltraZelda64 on Tue 27th Sep 2011 19:51 UTC
UltraZelda64
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2006-12-05

...yet another f***ing inflated version number.

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RE: Biggest change...
by rklrkl on Tue 27th Sep 2011 20:24 in reply to "Biggest change..."
rklrkl Member since:
2005-07-06

And Chrome inflating itself to version 14 (and updating itself far more often) is surely "twice as worse" than Firefox is? It is interesting to note how Mozilla is beginning to "hide" the version numbers of its products - the download buttons no longer reveal the version and if they could remove it from the "About..." box, I bet they would!

However, although they've been copying some of Chrome's features recently (and not all the copied Chrome ideas have been good ones, mind you), Mozilla has yet to copy the idea of "silent updating" that Chrome uses. This is why you see people whine incessantly about new Firefox releases (normally every 6-8 weeks unless there's an emergency fix) and no-one complains about the many more updates Chrome gets (every 2 weeks typically).

Also don't forget that IE on Windows often gets a monthly update as part of the "Patch Tuesday" - again, more often than Firefox, but no-one complains about that either (mainly because MS don't bother changing the major version number and it's "bundled" with a bunch other updates, which are often all automatically applied).

So, yes, Firefox increases its major version number at about the same rate as Chrome, but like Chrome, just learn to ignore the version number really. I think Mozilla should have done a year.release version scheme (e.g. 2011.01 for the first release of the year and so on - gives them 99 releases [which could include alphas and betas inbetween stable releases] a year, which should be more than enough). That way, no-one would moan about the major version changing because that would only happen at least 12 months apart!

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RE[2]: Biggest change...
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 27th Sep 2011 20:32 in reply to "RE: Biggest change..."
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

So, yes, Firefox increases its major version number at about the same rate as Chrome, but like Chrome, just learn to ignore the version number really.


Bingo.

Version numbers are retarded anyway when it comes to browsers.

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RE[2]: Biggest change...
by shmerl on Tue 27th Sep 2011 20:41 in reply to "RE: Biggest change..."
shmerl Member since:
2010-06-08

and if they could remove it from the "About..." box, I bet they would!

They plan to. But the version of course will not be gone completely. It still will be shown in about:support (Help > Troubleshooting Information in the menu).

Edited 2011-09-27 20:41 UTC

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RE[2]: Biggest change...
by ephracis on Tue 27th Sep 2011 20:54 in reply to "RE: Biggest change..."
ephracis Member since:
2007-09-23

I think Mozilla should have done a year.release version scheme (e.g. 2011.01 for the first release of the year and so on - gives them 99 releases [which could include alphas and betas inbetween stable releases] a year, which should be more than enough). That way, no-one would moan about the major version changing because that would only happen at least 12 months apart!

But that means that they would go from 7 to 2011. Inflation of almost 3000%!

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RE[2]: Biggest change...
by Luminair on Tue 27th Sep 2011 21:04 in reply to "RE: Biggest change..."
Luminair Member since:
2007-03-30

So, yes, Firefox increases its major version number at about the same rate as Chrome, but like Chrome, just learn to ignore the version number really.


Thanks for the advice.

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RE: Biggest change...
by shmerl on Tue 27th Sep 2011 20:35 in reply to "Biggest change..."
shmerl Member since:
2010-06-08

Who cares. Memory reduction is very useful. Thanks Mozilla.

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RE[2]: Biggest change...
by allanregistos on Wed 28th Sep 2011 06:53 in reply to "RE: Biggest change..."
allanregistos Member since:
2011-02-10

Who cares. Memory reduction is very useful. Thanks Mozilla.

I have here an 8Gb, Win7 64, quad Phenom box and have it installed Firefox 7.0. As a Google Chrome user, I tested firefox right away, doing my usual browsing habits opening tabs, typing a search query, then it suddenly very slow, I can't even click the tabs and I have to wait for 10 to 15 secs. I have never experience this in Google Chrome, unless there are too many tabs I may experience slowness.

Forget about the memory reduction, it ain't useful when it will compromise stability. Stability is more important to users. Now I'm back again at Google Chrome. When time is wasted, it is turn off.

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RE: Biggest change...
by Soulbender on Tue 27th Sep 2011 20:56 in reply to "Biggest change..."
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Who cares? It's just the version number, a completely arbitrary indicator of that "here's a new version,some things have changed".

Edited 2011-09-27 20:57 UTC

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RE[2]: Biggest change...
by UltraZelda64 on Tue 27th Sep 2011 22:47 in reply to "RE: Biggest change..."
UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

No, there was a time you could look at the version number and tell if there were some major changes or not. You know, things like major compatibility and UI changes. Firefox's version number has only recently become "completely arbitrary"... since, what, Firefox 4, 5? Never mind the whole incompatible extensions mess that is brought to extreme levels with these rapid version number inflations.

Edited 2011-09-27 22:48 UTC

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RE: Biggest change...
by pjafrombbay on Wed 28th Sep 2011 04:32 in reply to "Biggest change..."
pjafrombbay Member since:
2005-07-31

UZ64 said: ...yet another f***ing inflated version number.

Well thanks for yet another really useful and insightful comment. You must put a great deal of time and effort into your analysis.

Regards,
Machiavelli

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