Firefox Update Leads to Java, Flash Glitches

If you, a customer, or someone you know uses Firefox, you or they probably had to stop at some point over the past week and install it's 2.0.0.8 update. So you may want to know about this, from Percy Cabello at Mozillalinks.org:

Firefox users who updated to the latest Firefox 2.0.0.8 version released last week may find that the Java plugin doesn't work. Apparently one of the dozens of bugs fixes uncovered a Java plugin misbehavior that prevents it from starting properly and crashing the browser. A bug has already been filed on Sun's bug tracking system.

The post also includes some "work around" information. Other problems with the update have also emerged, such as "Flash-related crashes in Mac OS X," according to Mozillalinks. Mozilla has been in the middle of several mini-storms over the past few weeks. The company has launched an aggressive mobile strategy, lost some of its top developers and, last week, one of Mozilla's directors, Chris Blizzard, said he was leaving his job at Red Hat to go to work for the organization on its "evangelism team."

News source: CRN

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I have this problem and ITS DRIVING ME INSANE! I have to use Opera in the meantime. Every web page has flash ads and they all crash teh fox.

I haven't noticed crashes, but I've noticed that some pages just hang. I'll go to a link and it will just sit there acting like it's trying to load but nothing shows up. It eventually comes up, but the wait is insane. I can open up the same page in IE and it pops right up. This all just started happening.

Apparently one of the dozens of bugs fixes uncovered a Java plugin misbehavior that prevents it from starting properly and crashing the browser.

That implies that Java starting correctly crashes the browser and if that is true, I am glad that the bug fix was made, even if it disables Java.

That aside, I have had no problems using Java in Firefox 2.0.0.8.

Has anyone had their IE7 stop working properly after the update? mine hangs for ever ever since I updated firefox

So this is what broke the WGA Plugin on Firefox?

Never had troubles with it until this morning when it failed to validate properly (meaning I had to use IE to validate).

Neobond said,
So this is what broke the WGA Plugin on Firefox?

Never had troubles with it until this morning when it failed to validate properly (meaning I had to use IE to validate).

Im using vista along with Fx 2.0.0.8 and just tried to download a hotfix from MS site, the WGA worked fine here, maybe theres more to it?