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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When
by tuma324 on Wed 9th Nov 2011 02:22 UTC
tuma324
Member since:
2010-04-09

When are they releasing Firefox 20? Next week?

This new versioning number is f--king annoying.

Mozilla: get a f--king clue and stop giving us this BS version number changes just for the sake of it. Give us a browser that works well in all OSes instead.

Edited 2011-11-09 02:23 UTC

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RE: When
by lemur2 on Wed 9th Nov 2011 02:46 in reply to "When"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

When are they releasing Firefox 20? Next week? This new versioning number is f--king annoying. Mozilla: get a f--king clue and stop giving us this BS version number changes just for the sake of it. Give us a browser that works well in all OSes instead.


Recently, Toms hardware webiste had their 7th Web Browser Grand Prix:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/firefox-7-web-browser,3037.html

Web Browser Grand Prix 7: Firefox 7, Chrome 14, Opera 11.51

Oh, and IE9. It seems, funnily enough, that Firefox has the lowest version number. Chrome updates it version number every six weeks, BTW.

Also BTW, Firefox 7 was crowned the new champion.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/firefox-7-web-browser,3037-17.h...

Firefox 8 is a further improvement over Firefox 7.

Forget the made-up criticisms. Download and enjoy the best browser available today.

Incidentally, unlike Google's Chrome, Mozilla is proposing LTS versions to be released on a slower release cycle for those who want such a thing:

http://www.zdnet.com.au/mozilla-proposes-less-rapid-firefox-release...

Edited 2011-11-09 02:56 UTC

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RE[2]: When
by arbour42 on Wed 9th Nov 2011 03:31 in reply to "RE: When"
arbour42 Member since:
2005-07-06

It's taken Opera over a decade to get to version 11. I still think it's the best browser out there.

Mozilla has been overrun by the marketing suits. That's a bad bad sign. This new versioning is strictly for marketing reasons and usually happens when the geeks get sent down to the basement and the suits want to make change for change's sake. These are extremely minor changes that have bumped firefox a major version number.

Chrome should still be on version 2 or 3, and Firefox on 4.3.

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RE[2]: When
by Sauron on Wed 9th Nov 2011 03:54 in reply to "RE: When"
Sauron Member since:
2005-08-02

lemur2:
Forget the made-up criticisms. Download and enjoy the best browser available today.

Already have. Its called Lunascape. ;)

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RE[2]: When
by Drumhellar on Wed 9th Nov 2011 06:33 in reply to "RE: When"
Drumhellar Member since:
2005-07-12

Forget the made-up criticisms. Download and enjoy the best browser available today.


I do. it's called NeoPlanet.

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v RE: When
by tuma324 on Wed 9th Nov 2011 03:31 in reply to "When"
RE[2]: When
by kwanbis on Wed 9th Nov 2011 04:38 in reply to "RE: When"
kwanbis Member since:
2005-07-06

It's open source, why don't you do the porting?

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RE: When
by lemur2 on Wed 9th Nov 2011 05:05 in reply to "When"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

When are they releasing Firefox 20? Next week?


Actually, no, not next week.

https://wiki.mozilla.org/Enterprise/Firefox/ExtendedSupport:Proposal

https://wiki.mozilla.org/File:Esr-release-overview.png

Firefox 20 (and Firefox ESR 18.0.2) are proposed to be released on 26th March 2013.

The Firefox release schedule is, of course, now time-based not feature-based.

Edited 2011-11-09 05:07 UTC

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RE: When
by greygandalf on Wed 9th Nov 2011 08:41 in reply to "When"
greygandalf Member since:
2008-04-07

I thought about the same thing.. v5, v6, v7.... this is really dumb marketing stuff. Major and Minor releases have a meaning!

"We added a new blue button" means Major release +1 ?

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RE[2]: When
by lemur2 on Thu 10th Nov 2011 00:28 in reply to "RE: When"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

I thought about the same thing.. v5, v6, v7.... this is really dumb marketing stuff. Major and Minor releases have a meaning! "We added a new blue button" means Major release +1 ?


No, Firefox releases are now time-based.

https://wiki.mozilla.org/Enterprise/Firefox/ExtendedSupport:Proposal

Firefox release + 1 now means simply that it has been six weeks since the previous Firefox release. Release + 1 will have whatever new features that Mozilla has been able to incorporate, test and stabilize since the previous release six weeks ago.

This is the same approach as many major projects have undertaken. KDE, for example, releases a minor update every month, and a new version every six months. The current release is KDE SC 4.7.3. KDE 4.7.3 was released on November 2nd, 2011.

http://kde.org/info/4.7.3.php

The previous release was KDE SC 4.7.2.

http://kde.org/info/4.7.2.php

KDE 4.7.2 was released on October 5th, 2011.

KDE 4.8 is due out on Wednesday, January 25, 2012.

http://techbase.kde.org/Schedules/KDE4/4.8_Release_Schedule

Tuesday, March 6, 2012: KDE SC 4.8.1 release

Tuesday, April 3, 2012: KDE SC 4.8.2 release

Tuesday, May 1, 2012: KDE SC 4.8.3 release

Get it yet?

It is actually a trend now for major FOSS projects to have time-based (rather than feature-based) releases.

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