Java script like shish off a stick
Tracemonkey seems to be doing the business! Shame about add-on support- but then there's always a bit of a delay when a new version hits.
Firefox 3.5 can now be downloaded from Mozilla’s website, but some of the open source outfit’s servers appear to be having a little lie down at time of writing. Mozilla’s Get FireFox download page is currently displaying an “Http/1.1 Service Unavailable” message for some users keen to grab the latest version. Elsewhere, users …
As a normal user, i can't say that I've spotted any obvious differences (ok, the new + tab), but then again, some of my normal sites seem to be rendered slightly differently. I'm buggered if i could tell you how though.
I'm not sure what the big deal is to be honest, if this came out as a standard auto update i probably wouldn't even have noticed it.
No trouble with the bookmarks, or the download speed, however, AVG 8.5.339 safe surfing app is now gone. I was getting used to the green check marks next to my search results, alas.
Of course, this gives me something to do for the next few days, that being looking for the add on support updates.
I use the 3.6a1 nightly (rightly called Minefield :) & to save mucking about I've disabled compatibility checking - this ( http://lifehacker.com/355973/make-your-extensions-work-with-the-firefox-3-beta ) was helpful.
If a compatible version of Tab Mix Plus or FEBE isn't available go to their website forums where you can get the latest build.
Just done it here from the link under "help" and it seemed to keep everything so might depend on previous version (think mine was whatever the last non-beta). Xmarks plugin however could be useful here to make sure there's a constant backup.
Not sure if it's any quicker generally, but at least the install was done in about 2 mins which is better than IE's half hour with 3 reboots. Nicely it also tells you what plugins won't work afterwards, although in my case 2 / 3 were updateable.
What's that you say, 0%?
Ah, thought so.
Gotta admit though, I'm intrigued by the thought of video without any extensions required. I just hope they know better than to allow *any embedded control whatsoever*.
I've been using it for a hour or so this morning and it seems quite nice. I don't know what kind of crack the AC with his/her/it's warning about book marks is blathering on about as I've yet to hear anyone making that same claim. Then again there is one nutter (often more) in every crowd. A couple non essential plug ins don't work at the moment but that's not a huge deal since they'll be up to working with 3.5 soon enough. My only real beef with 3.5 is where Mozilla hid the detailed options for cookie and history handling. It's there in the privacy tab but the details are hidden unless you select "Use custom settings for history" from a drop down box. Note to the people at Mozilla, this kind of hiding key privacy options behind options for something totally different makes you look shady. There was probably no malice behind this design decision but it doesn't do anything to help the ease of use.
Looks like still no way to use a real bookmarks format (still an insane database kludge instead of a proper text file) and still no easy GUI toggleswitch for disabling the AwesomeBar (which not all of us find awesome). Countdown to some twit spouting out the usual insulting nonsense about how he/she/it didn't like it at first blah blah blah. I wonder if the "add bookmark" weirdo-box can at least be natively resized without resorting to an add-on yet...
Came in at a quick 966kb/s. All bookmarks OK... but still export them first, I did. The AC with problems might not be the only one ;-)
A trio of addons... html Validator, Leetkey and ProxySel are incompatible, but AdBlock, NoScript, CS Lite and ReminderFox are all working fine.
Looks and performs fine so far.
Woooo - just updated from 3.5 b4 - man there is a bunch of stuff that is very cool - and a few things that really caught my eye:
This one is very cool - try typing in the left/right iframes:
Also the now checked in support for the ":nth-child/type" CSS selectors which is definately useful
Also an XPCOM interface for WiFi: https://developer.mozilla.org/en/nsIWifiMonitor
Just love it!!!
Go Mozilla - still setting the benchmarks for other to follow.
Seamless upgrade here, certainly no problem with bookmarks. Works well too.
It did require a reboot though, which on Vista took several times longer than the actual install <sigh>
(And why am I now Stephen 1, when I used to be just Stephen? Who is this new Stephen that has usurped me?)
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I upgraded with no loss of data at all, unlike at least one AC above. If you haven't discovered Mozbackup then find it and use it first. You can never have too many backups :-)
Is it faster? On my old P4 it seems to have a definite spring in its step. Adaware, Noscript & Flashblock all seem happy. I see no reason to hold back (assuming you can get hold of the download!)
A completely non scientific test to start up and browse to El Reg seems to show that FF is marginally quicker than Chrome. Only had FF3.5 for 10 minutes though.
@Iam Me & others
It wiped my bookmarks too, so thanks to AC for the warning as I'd backed them up beforehand.
My addons seem to work too, all in all looking good for me on XP at work, now just got to stick it on Linux at home.
I posted the original message. It MAY be I had a problem because I use the "Multi Row Bookmarks Toolbar" and could be that was the problem ??. What appeared in new version was NO multi row bookmarks and only about 1/8th of the Bookmarks in proper place. Luckily Bookmark backups still existed BUT the new version would not let me import those. I use XP prof by way. Should the new version allow manual import of old version bookmarks ?.
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