Firefox 8 released

Mozilla Firefox is a fast, full-featured Web browser. Firefox includes pop-up blocking, tab-browsing, integrated Google search, simplified privacy controls, a streamlined browser window that shows you more of the page than any other browser and a number of additional features that work with you to help you get the most out of your time online.

The latest version bumps the release number to 8 and takes it one step closer to matching IE 9 and Chrome in who can have the higher version number. This latest release contains many fixes which you can see in the list below:

 

  • Add-ons installed by third party programs are now disabled by default
  • Added a one-time add-on selection dialog to manage previously installed add-ons
  • Added Twitter to the search bar
  • Added a preference to load tabs on demand, improving start-up time when windows are restored
  • Improved tab animations when moving, reordering, or detaching tabs
  • Improved performance and memory handling
  • Added CORS support for cross-domain textures in WebGL
  • Added support for HTML5 context menus
  • Added support for insertAdjacentHTML
  • Improved CSS hyphen support for many languages
  • Improved WebSocket support
  • Fixed several stability issues

You must manually go the to the FTP site linked to below, you can login as Guest to acquire the files. The update will most likely be pushed out to the mirror sites in the next two days.

 

Download by going to ftp://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/firefox/releases/8.0/

 

Thanks to the folks on IRC for the assistance

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asusp5ld2 said,
stiiiiillll sloooow as hell without any add-ons installed apart from the "factory" ones. i'd rather use IE9

I have two add-ons and it's running snappy here. Then you must have a bad profile, try doing a cleaning install and see if that helps. If you rather use IE 9 then use it.

IF this build candidate has no showstoppers it'll be *officially* released tomorrow (8th), as per the blog post.

Yawn. Until Mozilla gets the product solid, without the frequent crashes, who cares. Pity, the solidity of 3.6.x is no longer there.

TsarNikky said,
Yawn. Until Mozilla gets the product solid, without the frequent crashes, who cares. Pity, the solidity of 3.6.x is no longer there.

Who cares? Apparently you when replying. Their product is solid with it's latest release Firefox 7.0.1 . Don't know were you get these so called frequent crashes, it either due to a dirty profile, outdated plugins, or bad extensions.

Regarding the article text on the version: Firefox isn't brought closer to Chrome since Chrome has an even faster release schedule. The gap to Chrome's version is actually widening.

There goes another effort of mine to update to compatible versions of all my addons. All my addons break again. Really Mozilla, couldn't you get the very fundamental thing that major versions without new substantial features is just BAD for addons?

xpclient said,
There goes another effort of mine to update to compatible versions of all my addons. All my addons break again. Really Mozilla, couldn't you get the very fundamental thing that major versions without new substantial features is just BAD for addons?

Instead of blaming mozilla, blame the extension authors for not for changing a max version number for keeping their extension compatible.

xpclient said,
There goes another effort of mine to update to compatible versions of all my addons. All my addons break again. Really Mozilla, couldn't you get the very fundamental thing that major versions without new substantial features is just BAD for addons?

http://blog.mozilla.com/addons.../11/05/firefox-8-is-coming/

Something will be done in Fx 10 to automatically ensure compatibility and stability.

For now just use AddOn Compatibility reporter to disable Add on checking.

xpclient said,
There goes another effort of mine to update to compatible versions of all my addons. All my addons break again. Really Mozilla, couldn't you get the very fundamental thing that major versions without new substantial features is just BAD for addons?

You use addons made by developers that do not bother updating them on a monthly basis.

Well, it is slightly better than Firefox 7 which is slightly better than Firefox 6 which is slightly better than Firefox 5 which is slightly better than Firefox 4 which is significantly worse than Firefox 3.6

The twitter search could be useful (i know i can add it myself). Though I think a new concept for the search engine options needs to be drawn up to switch between search engines faster.

ShMaunder said,
The twitter search could be useful (i know i can add it myself). Though I think a new concept for the search engine options needs to be drawn up to switch between search engines faster.

Faster then clicking an icon and selecting a search engine in a menu? Not sure how much faster it can be.

Capric0rn said,

Faster then clicking an icon and selecting a search engine in a menu? Not sure how much faster it can be.

Well, erm... I meant not having to switch a search engine as such. Maybe having an additional two or three favicons visible from the main interface. When one of these icons are clicked, it will search that site.

e.g. I usually only use the search engine box for Google but sometimes on the off chance, I may want to search Twitter and it seems a hassle having to switch to Twitter then switch back to Google thereafter.

As a web developer, all this major version every month **** ****es the **** out of me. Don't give it a new version number until something is actually different. Especially rendering.

Fry said,
As a web developer, all this major version every month **** ****es the **** out of me. Don't give it a new version number until something is actually different. Especially rendering.

Re-read the new feature list. Also, you should get more important things to annoy yourself about than a quick release schedule to get new features out earlier.

kouhii00 said,
Anyone know if FF8 will have 64-bit version for Windows 7?

Nope, Not for a while, currently only Nightly offers 64Bit. Until 64 Bit is tweaked and tested, they are not rushing it yet. ( Although i have been using it as my main browsers with no problems so far. )

It's interesting, I was a loyal Mozilla then Firefox user... until the disaster that was Firefox 4. It pushed me to Chrome, and I don't see me going back any time soon, even if they've released 4 major versions in just a few months. I think they just didn't like being on Firefox 3.x when IE was v9, Chrome was v14, Opera was v11.... they probably felt behind.

chadlachlanross said,
It's interesting, I was a loyal Mozilla then Firefox user... until the disaster that was Firefox 4. It pushed me to Chrome, and I don't see me going back any time soon, even if they've released 4 major versions in just a few months. I think they just didn't like being on Firefox 3.x when IE was v9, Chrome was v14, Opera was v11.... they probably felt behind.

It was part of the Rapid Release Cycle, Where they push features that are tested and stable into stable channel build instead of waiting for a year like what happen to Firefox 3.5 and 4.

The Rapid Release Cycle has been discussed for a long even prior to Google release Chrome, but ultimately it was a combination of delay in Firefox 3.5 and 4 and the appearance of Chrome that pushed them to act instead of thinking.

For users this mean they get new features, performance enhancement and Bug Fix a lot quicker.

chadlachlanross said,
It's interesting, I was a loyal Mozilla then Firefox user... until the disaster that was Firefox 4. It pushed me to Chrome, and I don't see me going back any time soon, even if they've released 4 major versions in just a few months. I think they just didn't like being on Firefox 3.x when IE was v9, Chrome was v14, Opera was v11.... they probably felt behind.

I don't see how Firefox 4 was disaster, it was pretty good release. except that it took Mozilla too long to release FF4. you might as well whine about chrome release schedule as well. both release schedules are not that different.

Celestial Being said,
Didn't Firefox 7 came out not too long ago....? Can't keep up!

If you are a causal desktop user, it will automatically update for you the next you open up browser again. There is no pain in keeping up
( Well it is suppose to be painless anyway )

neufuse said,
Wake me when Firefox 23 comes out, I hear it will be finally handleing memory usage in a good way by then....

Firefox 7 made major improvement to memory management. For Now the two major problems with memory seems to be either 1) An old, bad profile 2) Addon causing problems.

iwod said,

Firefox 7 made major improvement to memory management. For Now the two major problems with memory seems to be either 1) An old, bad profile 2) Addon causing problems.


Agreed on this. People thinking Firefox 8 is still like Firefox 4 on this matter hasn't even bothered to try it out and compare it to competing browsers during long periods of time. Firefox is actually performing better than some of the competition now. This has also been confirmed in various benchmarks and reviews.

Its not the official release. This is RIGHT in the FTP

ftp://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/firefox/releases/8.0/update/win32/en-US/index.html

Google Chrome is good, but I just haven't been able to get used to the UI. It just feels more cluttered than Firefox. That and group tabs have become a must for me.

If you're having memory and performance issues, just get the memory fox addon. It fixed all the memory leakage issues I was having. I just hope they start pulling it together so we wouldn't need an addon to fix performance.

Firefox lost its way too long ago for me. Loved the browser but I tried Chrome and never looked back.

I wish Firefox was better than Google's Chrome but it just simply isn't.

SK[ said,]Firefox lost its way too long ago for me. Loved the browser but I tried Chrome and never looked back.

I wish Firefox was better than Google's Chrome but it just simply isn't.

I agree, although I think Opera and Chrome regularly swap places for the best browser.

Firefox fell beind with the poor memory usage that would result in poor performance even on high end machines (see my post above, once the process went above 400mb for me it would become very choppy, even though it didn't make a dent on available memory.)

The UI is very clumsy and awkward looking, and has been since version 2.

The font rending is since about version 4/5 - hardware acceleration on or off. There is too much colouring on the menu fonts, and page text is rendered in a very unsatisfactory way - by far the worst of all major browsers.

The font rendering issue gets even worse if you happen to use third party themes. Don't know why as, again, this doesn't happen with the other browsers.

Firefox becomes very slow to start up in comparison with other browsers once you have more than 10 addons installed. Or it could be related to certain addons.

Firefox closes, but doesn't end the service - meaning next time you open it you get the message "firefox is already running." This means the profile is corrupted, meaning you have to make a new one. Sadly, this happens about once a month.

There were a few other things that made me swap from Firefox, I can't remember the rest of them at the moment.

SK[ said,]Firefox lost its way too long ago for me. Loved the browser but I tried Chrome and never looked back.

I wish Firefox was better than Google's Chrome but it just simply isn't.

It hasn't for me. If Google Chrome would fix their scrolling issues then I would never look back. If you are scrolling lets say a page with lots of images, such as the desktop threads in the forums the scroll bar lags really bad when scrolling over the images, skips/very choppy. Firefox/IE9/Opera do not have this issue at all. Chrome is very slow and laggy when clicking and dragging the scrollbar. =\

SK[ said,]Firefox lost its way too long ago for me. Loved the browser but I tried Chrome and never looked back.

I wish Firefox was better than Google's Chrome but it just simply isn't.


As you said, you never looked back, so how can you know that Firefox 8 isn't better than the latest version of Chrome? Duh.

At least Firefox isn't a spyware, unlike Chrome, if only you were using Chromium, I wouldn't blame you, but Google Chrome? Come on ...

Anthonyd said,

As you said, you never looked back, so how can you know that Firefox 8 isn't better than the latest version of Chrome? Duh.

At least Firefox isn't a spyware, unlike Chrome, if only you were using Chromium, I wouldn't blame you, but Google Chrome? Come on ...

Chrome is not spyware.

TRC said,

Chrome is not spyware.


No it is more of an integral part of the Google Trojan Horse.
The Google Trojan Horse comes will all kinds of near features like Good Docs, Google Mail, Google Chrome, Google Search, YouTube, and so forth.

Just one day, in the middle of the night you will wake up and realize that you have no privacy left.

Udedenkz said,

No it is more of an integral part of the Google Trojan Horse.
The Google Trojan Horse comes will all kinds of near features like Good Docs, Google Mail, Google Chrome, Google Search, YouTube, and so forth.

Just one day, in the middle of the night you will wake up and realize that you have no privacy left.

I just think it's really funny that people think they have any privacy on the internet.

Udedenkz said,

No it is more of an integral part of the Google Trojan Horse.
The Google Trojan Horse comes will all kinds of near features like Good Docs, Google Mail, Google Chrome, Google Search, YouTube, and so forth.

Just one day, in the middle of the night you will wake up and realize that you have no privacy left.


Your "privacy" was taken away as soon as you did a Google or Bing search. You still do search the Internet, and do visit websites that track at least your origin and browser for statistics, so please don't be a hypocrite and pretend that you care with these sorts of arguments.

The only people caring for privacy online are those who don't have an online presence. Certainly not geeks at Neowin running browsers full of extensions and surfing websites that do god knows what.

Does version 8 update the user interface yet?

And also, does it improve how it plays flash videos? The previous few versions have always become very laggy when trying to watch a tv show or two - usually I noticed when FF goes past 400mb in memory usage, it starts freezing every few seconds for half a second or more. Which is very irritating after 5 minutes. I don't really get why, because FF could quite easily eat up 4gb without the rest of my system slowing down.

P.S The issue above was not flash related, because Opera and Chrome both playback videos fine with the same version of flash. Closing the video tab in FF would not remove the stuttering either, even if just using Google to search for something, it would still stutter and lock up briefly every so often.

I have to agree with those advising against downloading this direct from the FTP server
before Mozilla officially announce it as released on the front page at mozilla.com.

There is really no need to jump the gun, especially as the builds that have been posted
can be withdrawn at the last minute in case any "showstoppers" are suddenly found.

It's best to wait another day or so, until the latest release is distributed to the officially
sanctioned mirror servers. Mozilla have always said they don't release until it's ready.
Until then, v7.0.1 is still the latest release of Mozilla Firefox, not 8.0.

Very irresponsible reporting from the article writer, and from Neowin too sadly.

DJGM said,
I have to agree with those advising against downloading this direct from the FTP server
before Mozilla officially announce it as released on the front page at mozilla.com.

There is really no need to jump the gun, especially as the builds that have been posted
can be withdrawn at the last minute in case any "showstoppers" are suddenly found.

It's best to wait another day or so, until the latest release is distributed to the officially
sanctioned mirror servers. Mozilla have always said they don't release until it's ready.
Until then, v7.0.1 is still the latest release of Mozilla Firefox, not 8.0.

Very irresponsible reporting from the article writer, and from Neowin too sadly.


Yeah, AFAIK this download may also not be properly load balanced yet, so if the link spreads from here, it could cause Mozilla unnecessary problems.

It's nice that we get features and improvements so quickly now. One/Two releases a year is not enough these days.

Joey S said,
It's nice that we get features and improvements so quickly now. One/Two releases a year is not enough these days.

I agree. releases more often with smaller upgrades is better than waiting a year or so for one big upgrade. we can basically thank Chrome for forcing Mozilla into this type of cycle

i think the only real complaint with these updates is that with the version change it can potentially stop extensions from working even though they will generally work if you force off the extension checking but not everyone knows how to do that and are generally forced to wait for the developer of that extension to update it which could take a while especially if your using extensions that are not fairly popular.

Joey S said,
It's nice that we get features and improvements so quickly now. One/Two releases a year is not enough these days.

I agree as well, but most of the close minded people in this thread fail to recognize that. too busy whining about the version numbers or the release schedule.

We were only at Firefox 4 a while ago. Seriously this is getting stupid now, I prefer releases a few months apart with major differences than every 6 weeks with very minor changes.

TechDudeGeorge said,
We were only at Firefox 4 a while ago. Seriously this is getting stupid now, I prefer releases a few months apart with major differences than every 6 weeks with very minor changes.

So ignore the number bump!

"The latest version bumps the release number to 8 and takes it one step closer to matching IE 9 and Chrome in who can have the higher version number"

What a glib remark.

Sub_Zero_Alchemist said,

regardless it's a unnecessary remark.

So was his. So was mine. So is yours, particularly due to a lack of proper capitalization and punctuation which renders anything close to a thought you may've tried to post null and void.

Laxative Effect said,

So was his. So was mine. So is yours, particularly due to a lack of proper capitalization and punctuation which renders anything close to a thought you may've tried to post null and void.

And you fail to recognize, I wasn't referring to thommcg or your post. I was referring to the writer of the article who made the unnecessary remark.

lol soldier1st the same link will be the official one sooner or later. so dont be bumb smart . wats problem when others d/l early?

To all those ******s who can't wait: It will be officially released when It will be officially released, so just be patient like the rest. I will be waiting patiently for it so i can test it and see how it is before i deploy it. sides i'm in no big rush to upgrade Firefox. and too those who want it early: if it hoses your system then that's your problem.

Just to be clear: if someone wants to install a web browser - a personal choice meaning absolutely nothing in the grand scheme of things - before some dork "officially" marks it as released, they get openly chastised, called names, and told what your upgrade plans are, presumably in the hopes that they'll follow your much more noble example. Am I close? If not, then you've really got to do something about your posts, because you sound like Hitler's semi-literate understudy.

I honestly don't know why everyone is complaining so much about Mozilla's decision to change to a different release version policy. So what if 8.0 was only bug fixes? What makes you not want to upgrade just because the version upped by a whole number rather than a decimal? I know the human instinct is to dislike something that is new and foreign, but what the hell guys. Firefox is still a great browser. Nothing has changed.

Unclean009 said,
I honestly don't know why everyone is complaining so much about Mozilla's decision to change to a different release version policy. So what if 8.0 was only bug fixes? What makes you not want to upgrade just because the version upped by a whole number rather than a decimal? I know the human instinct is to dislike something that is new and foreign, but what the hell guys. Firefox is still a great browser. Nothing has changed.

Extension compatiblity has changed, and it changed with each new MAJOR release version, 3.x -> 4.x = major release version.
Half the extensions I use only support up to FF 6.x because the authours cannot be ****ed (and I don't at all blame them) to have to keep updating extensions slightly so they still work.

n_K said,

Extension compatiblity has changed, and it changed with each new MAJOR release version, 3.x -> 4.x = major release version.
Half the extensions I use only support up to FF 6.x because the authours cannot be ****ed (and I don't at all blame them) to have to keep updating extensions slightly so they still work.

Turn off extension version checking. I'm currently on 11 and 100% of my extensions that aren't labeled to work are just fine and dandy.

Also, starting with Firefox 10, addons will default to compatible.

Use this: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-...atibility-reporter/?src=api

n_K said,

Extension compatiblity has changed, and it changed with each new MAJOR release version, 3.x -> 4.x = major release version.
Half the extensions I use only support up to FF 6.x because the authours cannot be ****ed (and I don't at all blame them) to have to keep updating extensions slightly so they still work.

If they can't be bothered to change a single number then the extensions can't be that good anyway.

The_Decryptor said,

If they can't be bothered to change a single number then the extensions can't be that good anyway.

That or their just too damn lazy to change a simple thing.

Andrew Lyle said,
Back in the day, this changelog would have been considered 3.8. Seems we're up to version 8 now

The horse is dead man. Stop beating it.

Does it really matter? Just count it as a .5 or whatever you want, in the end it's just another release and large changes always will take a long time.

Andrew Lyle said,
Back in the day, this changelog would have been considered 3.8. Seems we're up to version 8 now

Lets be honest tho, dumb users are more likely to upgrade to 8.0 than 3.9

Who are they fooling with these huge version leaps. This might as well be v5.5

Developing your product isn't about over-inflated version numbering, try adding some worthwhile new features. 'Bug fixes, speed improvements and compliancy with new standards' aren't ground breaking

Youngy said,
Who are they fooling with these huge version leaps. This might as well be v5.5

Developing your product isn't about over-inflated version numbering, try adding some worthwhile new features. 'Bug fixes, speed improvements and compliancy with new standards' aren't ground breaking


How original. Why don't you go complain about something that actually matters?

I'm pretty sure members of the Mozilla team has repeatedly asked people on here to stop directly linking to installs...

Xilo said,
I'm pretty sure members of the Mozilla team has repeatedly asked people on here to stop directly linking to installs...

^this x 1000 times.

I'm still on firefox 5.0 and have no plans to update to firefox 8.0 which looks to just be some bug-fixes at best.

What a joke mozilla has became.

n_K said,
I'm still on firefox 5.0 and have no plans to update to firefox 8.0 which looks to just be some bug-fixes at best.

What a joke mozilla has became.

Damn Mozilla for fixing bugs?! Enjoy your buggy browser.

n_K said,
I'm still on firefox 5.0 and have no plans to update to firefox 8.0 which looks to just be some bug-fixes at best.

What a joke mozilla has became.

going from Firefox 5 to 8 will get you about a 20percent performance boost (i.e. http://goo.gl/aUAhZ (article that talks about it there) ) along with the more obvious RAM use reduction and that's definitely noticeable there.

personally anything under Firefox 7 is not worth using anymore as Firefox 7 is when they introduced the big RAM use reduction.

ThaCrip said,

going from Firefox 5 to 8 will get you about a 20percent performance boost (i.e. http://goo.gl/aUAhZ (article that talks about it there) ) along with the more obvious RAM use reduction and that's definitely noticeable there.

personally anything under Firefox 7 is not worth using anymore as Firefox 7 is when they introduced the big RAM use reduction.


I find firefox 5 to be pretty fast, then again I'm using it on an SSD with the cache in memory, but also with the 'Improved tab animations when moving, reordering, or detaching tabs' I fail to see how it'd overall improve performance with un-needed rubbish like that.

I've got 3GB of RAM and with 4 tabs open, 1 with heavy flash and a 500MB download on the go, firefox is using 396MB of RAM.

n_K said,
I'm still on firefox 5.0 and have no plans to update to firefox 8.0 which looks to just be some bug-fixes at best.

What a joke mozilla has became.

Good for you!!!

Gaffney said,
I changed from chrome back to firefox after they released version 6.

Version 7+ is really went Firefox got back on track since performance updates and the most noticeable improvement is reduced RAM use and it's quite noticeable when your leave your browser open for longer periods of time with random loading and closing of websites where as before the RAM would inflate quicker and go higher and higher... now it seems to be at much more reasonable levels.

Wow! Great reporting Neowin! Posting up a link to version 0.8 instead of version 8. Check your posts much? *sigh

Correct Link: ftp://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/firefox/releases/8.0/win32/en-US/
Mac: ftp://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/firefox/releases/8.0/mac/en-US/

KaneHusky said,
That link is for version 0.8 which was released in 2004.

Yeah, the real link is ftp://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/firefox/releases/8.0/

For English Windows users, this is folder:
ftp://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/firefox/releases/8.0/win32/en-US/

One sec, let me correct that for you:

fmorel90 said,
For American English Windows users, this is folder:
ftp://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/firefox/releases/8.0/win32/en-US/

For English Windows users, this is folder:
ftp://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/firefox/releases/8.0/win32/en-GB/

"Improved tab animations when moving, reordering, or detaching tabs"

This new improvment feature was removed at least for now becasue of memory issues that it was causing!

The Firefox team is now working on a better way to add this feature.

gate1975mlm said,

This new improvment feature was removed at least for now becasue of memory issues that it was causing!

It was removed because it broke many current features involving dragging and dropping of tabs and the implementation would have forced many tab-related extensions to be rewritten in a suboptimal way.

Erunno said,

It was removed because it broke many current features involving dragging and dropping of tabs and the implementation would have forced many tab-related extensions to be rewritten in a suboptimal way.

Well is this going to be fix?

gate1975mlm said,
Well is this going to be fix?

Yes, but they have to reimplement the feature from scratch AFAIK. The earliest time of arrival is Firefox 11 slated for March 2012 but depending on how quick the development proceeds it might be postponed to a later version.

Erunno said,

Yes, but they have to reimplement the feature from scratch AFAIK. The earliest time of arrival is Firefox 11 slated for March 2012 but depending on how quick the development proceeds it might be postponed to a later version.

Cool thanks for the updated info!

gate1975mlm said,
"Improved tab animations when moving, reordering, or detaching tabs"

This new improvment feature was removed at least for now becasue of memory issues that it was causing!

The Firefox team is now working on a better way to add this feature.

I was ****ed when it was removed... now moving tabs is a real DRAG.......

remixedcat said,

I was ****ed when it was removed... now moving tabs is a real DRAG.......


Pun intended?

I agree, BTW.

'Improved performance and memory handling.'

Okay, we'll see if that is so in a few days. Firefox 7 has been freezing for a few seconds every hour or so on my system.

kavazovangel said,
'Improved performance and memory handling.'

Okay, we'll see if that is so in a few days. Firefox 7 has been freezing for a few seconds every hour or so on my system.

Try doing a complete fresh install, and make sure your plugins are up to date.

ilovetech said,
i think firefox has lost it to chrome...

Speed maybe, not security and many others. It is also getting popular because many people use the Google search engine and it is advertised there... and my sister uses it because her friends use it, see my point? It's like IE, it got popular because of Windows.

robert_dll said,

Speed maybe, not security and many others. It is also getting popular because many people use the Google search engine and it is advertised there... and my sister uses it because her friends use it, see my point? It's like IE, it got popular because of Windows.

Firefox it's a lot more faster and stable for me.

Oz. said,

Firefox it's a lot more faster and stable for me.


That's why I said maybe, I'm a Firefox user too and it's perfect for me

ilovetech said,
i think firefox has lost it to chrome...

Sorry disagree, the only thing chrome has over Firefox is speed and tabs sandbox. other than that speed is irrelevant now since all major browsers are catching up or caught up to chrome in speed.

still 7.0.1 at mozilla.org and on update tab of firefox 7.0.1, says I'm up to date.

The latest version bumps the release number to 8 and takes it one step closer to matching IE 9 and Chrome in who can have the higher version number.
Is that whats it's all about? Having the highest version number? That would explain 3 "major" number release in less then a year.

Nodiaque said,
still 7.0.1 at mozilla.org and on update tab of firefox 7.0.1, says I'm up to date.

Is that whats it's all about? Having the highest version number? That would explain 3 "major" number release in less then a year.


Of course... "The latest version bumps the release number to 8" is the only major new feature of Firefox 8.

Enron said,
Old news, it's all about Firefox 10 now.

Sorry bro, Firefox 11 just got out.

Also, while writing this Chrome changed their version number into an infinite symbol.

Artillery said,

Also, while writing this Chrome changed their version number into an infinite symbol.

Pretty old news, they are now using 3 infinite symbols, just 1 wasn't enough...

KingCrimson said,
Firefox is still a dog compared to Chrome/IE.

Says you. It's faster then IE on my machine, and Chrome has some usability issues I can't get past.

KingCrimson said,
Firefox is still a dog compared to Chrome/IE.

Try Firefox with Adblock Plus and NoScript. You'll quickly see which browser is faster then lol.

Joey S said,

Try Firefox with Adblock Plus and NoScript. You'll quickly see which browser is faster then lol.

That's right, installing addons makes your browser faster. I can't wait to see what's going to happen if you install 100 more of those.
And Adblock Plus surely is Firefox-only.

Coi said,

That's right, installing addons makes your browser faster. I can't wait to see what's going to happen if you install 100 more of those.
And Adblock Plus surely is Firefox-only.

Well I use both browsers regularly with Adblock, and the Chrome Adblock misses a lot of stuff compared to the FF one. I don't know why

Coi said,

That's right, installing addons makes your browser faster. I can't wait to see what's going to happen if you install 100 more of those.
And Adblock Plus surely is Firefox-only.
Most adblockers for Chrome are crap and the official port of the well known Firefox version is hard to use if you have to block something manually.

CronicHazel said,

Well I use both browsers regularly with Adblock, and the Chrome Adblock misses a lot of stuff compared to the FF one. I don't know why


There are several bugs and limitations for Chrome extensions (and the core of Chrome itself) that prevent AdBlock from filtering certain stuff like AJAX requests and images loaded via CSS (background-image, border-image, list-image, you name it.)

edit: here's the proper explanation http://adblockplus.org/en/known-issues-chrome

Edited by gonchuki, Nov 7 2011, 4:38am :

1. Firefox 8 is not released until it shows up on mozilla.org. You are advertising a candidate build at best.

2. Tab animations have been backed out from all channels up to the nightly builds due to severe implementation issues which were discovered very late in the release cycle. With the current development process tab animations will make a reappearance with Firefox 11 (planned for March 2012) at the earliest, later if the reimplementation takes longer than 6 1/2 weeks from now on.

bdsams said,
ftp://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/firefox/releases/0.8/

1. lol, that's a link to the first version which has been called Firefox from 2004. Haven't seen that one in a while. I might even download it for nostalgic reasons. ;-)

2. It's getting tiresome repeating every six weeks that the FTP server is no distribution channel. It's there for the convenience of developers and testers. The build might still be pulled should some unexpected last minute errors be discovered. Plus, the FTP has no load balancing so it's somewhat abusing Mozilla's openness to directly link to it and direct masses of people to it who are supposed to download it from one of the many mirrors.

Decimal in the wrong location, ftp://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/firefox/releases/8.0/

See below, others are able to get to it just fine.

bdsams said,
See below, others are able to get to it just fine.

Duh, I didn't write that it's impossible to get it, just that the FTP server is not the proper distribution channel to link to since it's not equipped to handle huge loads. If it doesn't croak it's certainly not due to lack of trying from journalists such as you. Mozilla should really start limiting access to such folders...

Erunno said,
1. Firefox 8 is not released until it shows up on mozilla.org. You are advertising a candidate build at best.

THIS 100 times.

Mozilla themselves have said that it's not "official" until it's posted on the website and that while extremely unlikely, the could pull almost-final builds if severe bugs are discovered. Early announcements like this are doing a disservice, and arguably spreading lies.

Erunno said,

Duh, I didn't write that it's impossible to get it, just that the FTP server is not the proper distribution channel to link to since it's not equipped to handle huge loads. If it doesn't croak it's certainly not due to lack of trying from journalists such as you. Mozilla should really start limiting access to such folders...

I couldn't agree more. Why can't people wait until it's officially released on ftp://releases.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/firefox/releases/8.0? What's up with the rush?

There's a notice there (ftp://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/firefox/releases/8.0/):

"Notice: This server is the only place to obtain nightly builds and needs to
remain available to developers and testers. High bandwidth servers that
contain the public release files are available at ftp://releases.mozilla.org/
If you need to link to a public release, please link to the release server,
not here. Thanks!"

Erunno said,

Duh, I didn't write that it's impossible to get it, just that the FTP server is not the proper distribution channel to link to since it's not equipped to handle huge loads.

Hey, Erunno, stop wasting your time, brah. It's not worth. As you see, this article already has way more comments that others... So, they wanna be first who will announce the release, despite the fact they know it's kinda wrong. Anyway, here also, many have Nightlies and Auroras already, so...Nevermind.

primexx said,

and arguably spreading lies.

Oh, Lord Jesus yes! We must protect ourselves from the words and misdeeds of those silver-tongued devils who would have us download a web browser that hasn't yet been officially released. Why, if we were to do that, the terrorists would win, the sky would fall, Kilroy would never have been there, the Moon landing wouldn't have been faked, a category 37 hurricane tice the size of Typhoon Tip would obliterate the entirety of North America, and both John F. and Robert Kennedy would be resurrected only to be shot again! What a nightmare.

mahara said,

I couldn't agree more. Why can't people wait until it's officially released on ftp://releases.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/firefox/releases/8.0? What's up with the rush?

There's a notice there (ftp://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/firefox/releases/8.0/):

"Notice: This server is the only place to obtain nightly builds and needs to
remain available to developers and testers. High bandwidth servers that
contain the public release files are available at ftp://releases.mozilla.org/
If you need to link to a public release, please link to the release server,
not here. Thanks!"

Say, did you tried that link? FF8 is there too;

ftp://releases.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/firefox/releases/8.0

EDIT: My bad... it isn't

Edited by TH3ROOKIE, Nov 6 2011, 8:07pm :

bdsams said,
ftp://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/firefox/releases/0.8/
How about this one ftp://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/firebird/releases/0.6/

ftp://releases.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/firefox/releases/8.0/win32/en-US/index.html

It reads "Thanks for your interest in Firefox 8. We aren't quite finished qualifying Firefox 8 yet. You should check out the latest Beta."

Move along. Nothing to see here...

"Improved performance and memory handling when using"

Using what? I haven't been using in quite some time haha

vanx said,
"Improved performance and memory handling when using"

Using what? I haven't been using in quite some time haha

Uh . . . When using Firefox . . .

farmeunit said,

Uh . . . When using Firefox . . .


Then why not drop "when using", it's redundant because of its implicit implication.

vanx said,

Then why not drop "when using", it's redundant because of its implicit implication.

Don't forget, this is Neowin. Unprofessional writing is king

Gaara sama said,
Awesome ,big thank you for this post!! ... Firefox 4 ever!!

Confused myself there, I was about to ask why you're still using Firefox 4 xD

thealexweb said,

Confused myself there, I was about to ask why you're still using Firefox 4 xD

firefox 3.6.x is still my best.

thealexweb said,

Confused myself there, I was about to ask why you're still using Firefox 4 xD


Says the guy with the Netscape avatar

Jaya Sankar Yakkala said,

firefox 3.6.x is still my best.

AMEN! The frequent crashing of 3.7... is really annoying. So what about the flash and sizzle, when it keeps crashing within Windows 7 64-bit.