Tuesday, June 30th 2009

Mozilla Firefox 3.5 Released

Mozilla today announced the newest stable version of Firefox, version 3.5, which has been available in various developer preview forms for months. The new version is a milestone release, unlike timely updates that Firefox receives on a near-monthly basis, and boasts of better performance. For instance, Firefox 3.5 outperforms its previous version (Firefox 3) by over 100% in the SunSpider benchmark.

Under the hood, this new version extends support for HTML5 audio and video elements, including native support for open-source formats such as Ogg Theora. It uses a faster TraceMonkey Javascript engine (which is behind the performance boost in SunSpider), It supports downloadable fonts, CSS media queries, new transformations and properties, JavaScript query selectors, HTML5 local storage and offline application storage, canvas-driven text, ICC profiles, and SVG transformations. The user interface remains fairly identical to its predecessor, except for a few minor changes. The browser finally supports a private browsing feature which MSIE 8 (InPrivate) and Google Chrome (Incognito mode) have. Existing users of Firefox will be prompted to upgrade to the new browser. Others can find it here.
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38 Comments on Mozilla Firefox 3.5 Released

#1
pr0n Inspector
I'm fine with 3.0.11 thankyouverymuch.
I will never use Chrome.
All of the problems I mentioned are already filed on Bugzilla. the only problem is they probably aren't willing to change it back.
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#2
freaksavior
To infinity ... and beyond!
it loads faster than 3.0

i updated my mbp, from 3.0 to 3.5 and i noticed a speed difference.
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#3
mdm-adph
by: pr0n Inspector
1. standard behavior? BS. ONLY Chrome does that and that's because every tab in chrome is a separate process. it's not in Firefox.
2. The close button on the last tab was there in 3.0.x. there's nothing wrong with it.
1 and 2 happened because some moron submitted a bug and it got "FIXED" even though many people were/are opposing it.

3. Firefox started giving a f about Windows security zones in 3.0. now 3.5 stopped giving a f about group policy - SO WHAT IS THE POINT OF IT?
Okay -- you obviously have some rage issues that perhaps have nothing to do with Firefox... :wtf:

No one's making you use it!
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#4
Mussels
Moderprator
personally i hated that damn close button. kept accidentally clicking it, when trying to hit the tab. Think i'm just retarded with poor aim? you try it from a touchpad.

you can click on a tab with your mouse wheel (button 3) and it closes it. so very hard to do.
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#5
DanishDevil
I always just use Ctrl + T for a new tab, and Ctrl + W to close one. Then again, I like my keyboard shortcuts a tad more than the average joe.
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#6
mdm-adph
by: Mussels
personally i hated that damn close button. kept accidentally clicking it, when trying to hit the tab. Think i'm just retarded with poor aim? you try it from a touchpad.

you can click on a tab with your mouse wheel (button 3) and it closes it. so very hard to do.
TBH, I guess I've just never even had this problem! A long time ago, I started using the TabMixPlus extension to remove the close button from tabs, so they couldn't be closed that way.

Now, I just exclusively use a middle-click to close tabs if/when I need to. (Also, middle-click has the additional use of opening up a new tab if clicked on the empty tab bar -- this is also default behaviour in Chrome.)

Seriously -- that's the wonderful thing about Firefox -- if there's a behaviour that's annoying you, or something that you think could be done better, there's an extension out there that'll fix it for you. :laugh:
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#7
El_Mayo
good news
i've installed it
takes 2 mins.
HOWEVER
for some reason
i cannot right click any webpages
as in a menu that pops out and says things like "copy image location" etc. etc.
how do i fix this?
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#8
Mussels
Moderprator
by: El_Mayo
good news
i've installed it
takes 2 mins.
HOWEVER
for some reason
i cannot right click any webpages
as in a menu that pops out and says things like "copy image location" etc. etc.
how do i fix this?
uninstall and reinstall, no plugins.
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#9
El_Mayo
by: Mussels
uninstall and reinstall, no plugins.
thanks dude
i love you. (no homo)
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#10
smuggler
I cannot give emprical proof but I've seen improvement. With 3.0 I could never open forbes.com so hat i switched to IE 8. But with 3.5 this site opens smoothly.
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#11
Mega-Japan
by: smuggler
I cannot give emprical proof but I've seen improvement. With 3.0 I could never open forbes.com so hat i switched to IE 8. But with 3.5 this site opens smoothly.
Strange, I'm tired of going there with 3.0, one of the sites I visit often :P.
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#12
pr0n Inspector
Funny because there's an about :config entry to completely disable close buttons. There isn't one to get back the close button on the last tab. to get it back you have to install Stylish and a style, or modified userchrome.css. all this for ONE button that was there in the last version. What's so "wonderful" about that?

When you right click on the last tab, Close Tab is grayed, there is also no close button, and yet at the same time you can close it with ctrl+w, file->close tab, or middle click(only possible when browser.tabs.closeWindowWithLastTab=false). Inconsistency much? Why is the last tab treated so differently? There's nothing wrong about treating it like every other tab.
Or is there?
Now, read this bug(this is the one that started all this):
https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=392870
In short, they make it so "closing the last tab will always close the window". However there is a problem with that: it's easy to accidentally close the entire window. To reduce the the likelihood of that happening, they disabled some of the ways to close the last tab. They added a dumb behavior to Firefox, then added more dumb behaviors to reduce the dumbness of the first one. Hmm, how smart is that? :rolleyes:

Now, can you see why I'm so annoyed?
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