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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Release cycles ...
by -pekr- on Thu 10th Nov 2011 12:08 UTC
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2006-03-28

Well, I have very negative feeling towards Mozilla's change to release cycles. For me, the main version number simply means a milestone, certain architecture change, etc. First I thought that it is just a question of becoming used to that, now I know for sure - someone responsible at Mozilla should scratch his head - new versioning system is total crap. Who remembers, what was new in version 5, 6, what was version 7 about, etc.? Did they want just to copy Chrome or IE?

And man - what did they do to Thunderbird toolbar UI? Do they really have any QA there? That theme should not leave even an alpha lab.

Someone should be really took responsible for all that, or they should employ a real manager, because imo even a monkey with a little bit over the zero empathy would revert some decisions back. All this stuff is really annoying ....

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RE: Release cycles ...
by aaronb on Thu 10th Nov 2011 20:01 in reply to "Release cycles ..."
aaronb Member since:
2005-07-06

Ignoring the version number issue. Do you feel that Firefox has improved since version 3.6?

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RE[2]: Release cycles ...
by -pekr- on Fri 11th Nov 2011 15:28 in reply to "RE: Release cycles ..."
-pekr- Member since:
2006-03-28

Generally speaking - yes. Especially in the memory consumption area, but that might be just a feeling.

Look - I am not necessarily criticizing without a purpose - I used Netscape since version 2, and Mozilla since 0.94beta :-)But why did they change the versioning, is beyond my understanding - it is a mess imo. It might not be important for many ppl, but I feel less comfort, can't describe why.

They at least kept the possibility to keep my tabs below the menu, I find Chrome aproach really distracting - long way for eyes to go from content to tab list. I hope someone "clever" at Mozilla does not remove the option in version 15, which might be out sooner than expected :-)

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