Mozilla to end Firefox 2.x support in mid-December

Mozilla announced today they are continuing their EOL (end of life) policy with their products by ending support for Firefox version 2 even though version 3 itself has its own problems. The EOL policy is a system Mozilla set up to allow the developers to end their work on a previous version so they can work on the future versions. The EOL for the previous product kicks in after 6 months of release of a new product. If you are using version 2 of Firefox you may not be able to get any security updates or patches for flaws that could occur from now on.

It's not just Firefox that will soon be unsupported, the Gecko engine version 1.8 that is a key factor of Thunderbird 2 will also be ended and it in turn could stall the production of Seamonkey, Camino and Galeon. Despite this move Michael Connor from Mozilla announced "Mozilla (in some form) will provide support for Thunderbird based on the official lifecycle policy."

Despite there being no support for Seamonkey or any other 3rd party application using Gecko 1.8 Mozilla said the developers making those applications can still release their own updates but the system its self will not updated.

Mozilla will now set focus on improving Firefox 3. Many people have had problems with Firefox 3 crashing or stalling at various times something that the previous version didn't do that often. Other problems with Firefox that have been noted is the amount of memory the browser uses during a good few hours usage.

Firefox 3 set a world record when it was downloaded more then 8 million times when it was unleashed to the world this past June.

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I dont like it how FF3 dose not movce all ya saved passwords etc when u change... Lost everything... SO i kept with FF2 works and runs smooth

This thread made me curious. I removed every trace of Firefox 3 from my system and installed the latest Firefox 2.

It's working a lot better.

Can't say FF3 has given me any bother at all, I remember I switched from FF2 to one of the early betas (note minefield) of FF3 and haven't looked back since.

2.x > 3.x IMHO.

Poorly decided upon default settings for Bookmarks and History, "awesome bar" isn't so awesome, generally less stable and compatible, and no options to revert back to 2.x GUI with 3.x engine.

Probably some more issues I can't remember right now.

I disabled the not so awesome bar, installed a Firefox 2 theme, and it's working fine for me. Well mostly fine; lately it's been hanging up on certain sites that use javascript. Not sure if it's Firefox or something else though. I'm hoping 3.1 will be better.

Skyfrog said,
I disabled the not so awesome bar, installed a Firefox 2 theme, and it's working fine for me. Well mostly fine; lately it's been hanging up on certain sites that use javascript. Not sure if it's Firefox or something else though. I'm hoping 3.1 will be better.


I like awesome bar, it is a great feature....even other browsers like Opera copied this feature from Firefox. In Opera, it is called Quickfind.





http://portal.opera.com/discover/?feature=quickfind

I'm in a bit of a pickle.
- I love 1.5, but it's too slow, so I now use Chrome at home.
- At work I develop for 2.0, and test on 3.0 (as I do with IE/Safari).
There are a fair few noticeable differences between the way 2 and 3 render certain things. On one site in particular, there's a 24-bit PNG with absolute positioning, sitting in a horizontally-aligned unordered list, and it jumps from left to right randomly (about 2/3px ), each time the page is refreshed! ONLY Firefox 3.0 does this, weird!

If only Mozilla kept Firefox nice and lean, they've set the snowball rollin', it seems

hotdog963al said,
On one site in particular, there's a 24-bit PNG with absolute positioning, sitting in a horizontally-aligned unordered list, and it jumps from left to right randomly (about 2/3px ), each time the page is refreshed! ONLY Firefox 3.0 does this, weird!

What site? And have you filed a bug at bugzilla.mozilla.org at all?

I personally can not stand the new "Awesome Bar".

I know you can change the functionality to a point using OldBar and a few other extensions, but I just want it to work like it did in 2.xx.. is that to much to ask for? Make it a toggle option or something.

Also whenever I "upgrade" to 3.x, half of my bookmarks go missing. If I revert back to 2.x, they are all there. It is a really odd issue that has never been addressed when I asked on the mozillazine forums.

They probably go inside the "Unsorted Bookmarks" section (same thing happened to me also). Open the Bookmark side bar (Ctrl + B) to access that.

Thunderbird 3 is under development, so it's not as if Thunderbird 2 will be the end of line.

I think the Firefox 3 bugs are a little overblown, but Fx 3.1 is coming soon which I'm sure will deal with a lot of them.

Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.9.1b2pre) Gecko/20081119 Minefield/3.1b2pre (bug is still present), but this is unlikely to be fixed. "The designer of this site were just unlucky to depend on a Firefox bug that got fixed." The site needs to be fixed, not firefox.

If firefox is _crashing_ then that needs to get filed and fixed.. If it's just throwing the assertion dialog then that's expected behaviour.

I worked out why my FF3 wasn't crashing: tried the link again and set the NoScript plugin to "temporarily allow all this page". If I click on a link then, yes, FF crashes.