Tuesday, December 20th 2011

Mozilla Officially Releases Firefox 9.0, Signs New Search Deal with Google

Open source software supporter Mozilla has today announced two things, the launch of the 9.0 version of Firefox, and the signing of a new search deal with Google. Firefox 9.0 features the Type Inference which boosts JavaScript performance, it brings better theme integration on Mac OS X Lion, and also includes goodies like:

- two finger swipe navigation for Mac OS X Lion
- support for querying Do Not Track status via JavaScript
- support for font-stretch
- improved support for text-overflow
- improved standards support for HTML5, MathML, and CSS
- fixes for several stability and security issues

This latest Firefox release is available for Windows, Mac OS and Linux.

As for the updated agreement with Google (which should represent the bulk of Mozilla's revenues), it spans three years and ensures that Google Search remains the default search provider for Firefox.
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18 Comments on Mozilla Officially Releases Firefox 9.0, Signs New Search Deal with Google

#1
Breathless
We can all feel free to skip this release of course, because Firefox 10 will be out next week.
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#2
claylomax
They need to catch up with Chrome, it's out in the lead with the 16 version if I remember well. :)
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#3
ironwolf
by: claylomax
They need to catch up with Chrome, it's out in the lead with the 16 version if I remember well. :)
Easy way to do it: Firefox (Chrome version+1), wha-la hehe. :laugh:
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#4
Rexter
I dont mainly use Firefox, only for testing with for example firebug and other programming related stuff, and already is the new release cycle starting to p*ss me off.

What the heck are they thinking? (i know the answer already, dont tell me :p ) Its messing with all my plugins every time, so now its 50/50 of which plugins will work and how many that works at the same time. Not to mention many hobby plugin programmers throwing the towel in the ring because they cant keep up, again making more plugins obsolete.

Get a grip mozilla!
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#5
Nick89
They release a new firefox every damned month it feels like.
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#6
MatTheCat
by: Nick89
They release a new firefox every damned month it feels like.
And the new versions are buggy as hell.

With Firefox 8.000xxx, after a BF3 ctd or a rage reset/power off, When I loaded up Firefox, my gfx drivers would crash and my whole computer would freeze up. the only way to fix the problem was to uninstall Firefox...

.....I am now using Firefox 3.6...cos I cant stand IE or Opera.
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#7
H82LUZ73
Dang i just updated the notebook to 8 this morning ......What happen to Firefox ounce every 4 to 5 months release with small patches in-between.....
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#8
..'Ant'..
They will probably release version 10 soon and so on. :laugh:
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#9
micropage7
i dunno why browsers race to get big number when every single version feels like the same.
it is just to gain popularity to the market coz every one says the latest is better
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#11
qubit
Overclocked quantum bit
Ok, so it's released. Now why is it that when I go to manually check for updates it doesn't find it? Are they doing some kind of phased rollout?

I'm waiting for version 10 next week. :laugh:

EDIT: Just checked again and it detected and installed v9 this time. :)
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#12
AsRock
TPU addict
by: MatTheCat
And the new versions are buggy as hell.

With Firefox 8.000xxx, after a BF3 ctd or a rage reset/power off, When I loaded up Firefox, my gfx drivers would crash and my whole computer would freeze up. the only way to fix the problem was to uninstall Firefox...

.....I am now using Firefox 3.6...cos I cant stand IE or Opera.
Try Seamonkey it uses the same engine.
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#13
Mega-Japan
Am I the only one who misses the days when a full number version update was somewhat exciting? If Firefox would have stuck at the pace they were with versions 1, 2, and 3, we would probably be no higher than 4.5 right now.

Although I love Chrome and is my default browser, they're to blame for this.
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#14
NC37
by: Breathless
We can all feel free to skip this release of course, because Firefox 10 will be out next week.
Lies!! We all know its Firefox 10 by Friday, then next week we get 11-13.
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#15
arterius2
by: NC37
Lies!! We all know its Firefox 10 by Friday, then next week we get 11-13.
firefox 8 was released 1 month ago, where as firefox 7 was released 3 month ago. the pace is actually not as dramatic as you say, I however, understand that people likes to blow things out of proportions to somehow prove their 'point'.

by: MatTheCat
And the new versions are buggy as hell.

.....I am now using Firefox 3.6...cos I cant stand IE or Opera.
I'm on the beta channel and I been using 9 beta for over a month already, been stable as a rock, with minimal memory usage (I'm using memory fox add-on as well), never once has it crashed for me, the problem is probably with your system, not the browser.
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#16
u2konline
i see no different from 9.0 from the other ones.
but it works great.
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#17
scaminatrix
My favourite download manager still doesn't work :( Firefox why for you mess up my internetting downloading providings?
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#18
ice_v
Firefox 9 still doesn’t prompt to save tabs on exit

Ok, so I had this annoying problem with firefox 8 and upgrading to vers. 9 still didn't solve anything...I haven't asked about this till now because I'm usually quite patient about this kinda stuff, but now I would really like this matter to be done with! :mad:

Before you start typing about "about :config" and browser.tabs.warnOnClose, browser.warnOnQuit, browser.showQuitWarning (also browser.warnOnRestart)...I'd like you to know these preferences are already set to true as you can see for yourselfs:

http://i.imgur.com/AurSV.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/NSmcy.jpg

What am I missing here? :confused: thanks.
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