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: When
by lemur2 on Wed 9th Nov 2011 02:46 UTC 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[3]: When
by Delgarde on Wed 9th Nov 2011 03:45 in reply to "RE[2]: When"
Delgarde Member since:
2008-08-19

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.


Other way around, actually. Mozilla have decided they no longer care about version numbers at all. There's no real marketing around it - no big announcements of an 8.0 release. Just another quiet update that happens to change a number that's not even visible unless you go to the About screen...

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RE[3]: When
by _xmv on Wed 9th Nov 2011 06:19 in reply to "RE[2]: When"
_xmv Member since:
2008-12-09

versions are irrelevant. Mozilla does not care about versioning. If they did they'd keep 4.3 to avoid the bad mouthing from people like you.
What they care about is being able to push changes faster, because otherwise they can't keep up.
Example, Google docs using new "HTML5" apis, that only Chrome would support for 6month? That's not possible to compete without updating.
There's a ton of other such examples. Like SPDY too. Heck we wouldn't have websockets working right now.

And yeah, Opera has a low % userbase, guess why. They will have to keep up, too.

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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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