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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RE: Biggest change...
by Soulbender on Tue 27th Sep 2011 20:56 UTC in reply to "Biggest change..."
Soulbender
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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[3]: Biggest change...
by Fergy on Wed 28th Sep 2011 09:40 in reply to "RE[2]: Biggest change..."
Fergy Member since:
2006-04-10

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.

V1.5 was more like a V1.1 - V3 was more like a V4 in comparison with V2 - V3.5 was meant to be V3.1 but became too big - V3.6 was more like a service pack to V3.5 so maybe make V3.5 a V4 and V3.6 a V4.1 - V5 should be V4.1 and V6 should be V4.2 but V7 should be V5.
Should we really use version numbers as an indication of how many changes were made? Do you think 3.6 broke less extensions than 5?

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RE[3]: Biggest change...
by lemur2 on Wed 28th Sep 2011 09:46 in reply to "RE[2]: Biggest change..."
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

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.


Firefox version number has nothing to do with compatibility changes.

Mozilla has been desperately asking authors of extensions to avoid inspecting the version number to try to infer anything about compatibility.

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RE[3]: Biggest change...
by Soulbender on Wed 28th Sep 2011 18:26 in reply to "RE[2]: Biggest change..."
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

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.


That's what release notes are for. It's not like the version number will tell you exactly what changes there are and what problems you can expect.

Never mind the whole incompatible extensions mess that is brought to extreme levels with these rapid version number inflations.


I guess the extension authors have to write better code then.

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