Firefox 9.0.1 quickly released

Firefox 9.0, the latest version of Mozilla's web browser, was released earlier this week. However, one day after the browser went public on Tuesday, Mozilla quickly released Firefox 9.0.1 on Wednesday. Computerworld.com reports that Mozilla didn't offer any official release notes for the 9.0.1 version. However, a post on the Bugzilla blog offered an explanation.

According to Alex Keybl of Mozilla, "We built Firefox 9.0.1 with bug 708572 backed out. We've pushed Firefox 9.0.1 for all platforms. Although we think Windows is mostly unaffected, we still decided to move forward with Windows->9.0.1."  The new 9.0.1 version was actually designed to remove a bug fix that was applied earlier. The "fix" was causing Firefox browsers from some users that had some third party add-ons installed to crash. The issue was mainly affecting the Mac version although the Windows and Linux ports had the same problem.

It's been a busy week for Firefox and Mozilla. In addition to the release of the 9.0 version of Firefox and the quick patch, Mozilla has secured a very nice deal with Google so that Google will remain Firefox's default search browser for the next three years. The deal reportedly will net Mozilla nearly $300 million a year.

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tsupersonic said,
/cue my rant about mozilla and their crappy new dev. cycle.

No one cares. Talk about the new version or shut up. No one wants to hear you or anyone else whine about Firefox's build numbers.

warwagon said,

Yep, gotta love rushed.

Because we all want to live in the Microsoft world where bugs and security holes take weeks/month at best to patch

thealexweb said,

Because we all want to live in the Microsoft world where bugs and security holes take weeks/month at best to patch

No 9.01 was great they fixed it quick. I just mean the development cycle as a whole.

thealexweb said,

Because we all want to live in the Microsoft world where bugs and security holes take weeks/month at best to patch

This old meme again?

I'd rather see FF done right. I had seen the headline when FF9 was posted earlier this week, and had made a mental note to get it when I have time. I finally downloaded it earlier today, and now have just seen this posted. Awesome.

I don't like Firefox these days but I don't get why this can't be seen as anything other than a "hotfix" which almost every software company with an organised structure makes use of.

It's a sign of a good team of employees if a team is able to release hotfixes quickly - would you rather it be made by THQ who take months to release the tiniest of patches?

Maybe they should just disable the addon checking as that's probably the biggest annoyance for users. With the current release cycle it's no longer practical to judge an addon's compatibility by Firefox version number. It's the first thing I disable now.

They are disabling compatibility checking, which is a shame but addon authors are really bad when it comes to updating their addons, and everybody blames Mozilla for that.

Of course, that wouldn't have fixed this situation, as the buggy addons were marked as compatible.

I haven't had any addon issues from disabling the checking. maybe I'm just using safe addons. In time most do get updated.

It's just that checking by version number alone makes little sense now compared to the old days.

I haven't had any addon issues either, I don't even have to disable compatibility checking since the addons I use are kept up to date.

But people are trying to use addons designed for 3.6 or ones that are old and have the version information set to "50.x" and such as a catch all and getting upset, it's not surprising stuff breaks in that situation.

Riva said,
And that is why you dont rush software releases

It's not rushed. it's fine and dandy when chrome does the same crap and release a fix couple days later when something is broken. but when Firefox does it all of sudden it's a rush release. B.S.

Sub_Zero_Alchemist said,

It's not rushed. it's fine and dandy when chrome does the same crap and release a fix couple days later when something is broken. but when Firefox does it all of sudden it's a rush release. B.S.

I use IE9 because I like the corporate Intranets we developed last year to still work and obviously neither does Google or Mozilla can put this in their thick skull.

Meh. Does it still cause complete lockups?

I left FF at version 4 because while it was in use, my PC would lock up entirely. I made an initially painful transition to Chrome, but now I've forgotten why I used FF in the first place. Since dropping it, I have had 1 lockup with Thunderbird that I can not confirm or replicate, but otherwise complete stability. And I can't remember one feature I miss that would make me go back.

Zagadka said,
Meh. Does it still cause complete lockups?

I left FF at version 4 because while it was in use, my PC would lock up entirely. I made an initially painful transition to Chrome, but now I've forgotten why I used FF in the first place. Since dropping it, I have had 1 lockup with Thunderbird that I can not confirm or replicate, but otherwise complete stability. And I can't remember one feature I miss that would make me go back.

Nope. no lockups here. you should give Firefox another spin then.

This is just great as I updated to Firefox 8 befroe I went on vacation and whilst away I noticed that they have released version 9.0... I get back on the 8th Jan 2012 it would be funny if they released version 10 before I get back home. Mind you it would not put it past Firefox if they did. That would make me laugh.

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