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Mozilla Project Officially Releases Firefox 0.9

timothy posted more than 10 years ago | from the better-browsing dept.

Mozilla 672

_xeno_ writes "The last release candidate was apparently good enough, because Mozilla Firefox 0.9 has now been officially released. New features since 0.8 are, of course, basically the same as in the Release Candidate, including the new Pinstripe theme for Windows and the GTK+ installer for Linux users. The biggest change since the Release Candidate is that this release should ask you to migrate your profile instead of just trashing it. So head over to the Firefox homepage and get downloading, or check out the Release Notes to find out exactly what's new." mE123 adds "You can get it from plain old HTTP or from fancy new BitTorrent", and points out that (compared to 0.8), "this release includes tons of bug/stability fixes, a %3 speed up, a new theme and plugin management system, a new standard windows theme, and a smaller windows installer."

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Firefox (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9437158)

So what's the name-change going to be for this release?

Re:Firefox (-1, Redundant)

geeber (520231) | more than 10 years ago | (#9437258)

You would have thought that joke would have played itself out by now in the discussion about the Firefox Release Candidate.

But man it is still heee-larious. Nothing like beating an unfunny joke into the ground to really get them rolling in the aisles (commonly known as the Saturday Night Live Syndrome).

Re:Firefox (1)

SphericalCrusher (739397) | more than 10 years ago | (#9437434)

You do know that they don't have to change the name everytime a new version comes out.... Look at all the different versions Firebird had before they actually changed the entire browse to what we now have as Firefox.

No source though (4, Informative)

keesh (202812) | more than 10 years ago | (#9437168)

The source tarball seems to be broken on the mirrors (two bad bzip2 checksums from seperate mirrors), so no ebuilds for Gentoo and no luck for anyone using any arch not on the binaries list.

Re:No source though (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9437355)

I'm posting from 0.9 on Gentoo, built from source. I copied the 0.8-r3 ebuild, commented out the 2 patches, and used the source from ftp://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/firefox/rele ases/0.9/firefox-0.9-source.tar.bz2 renamed to "firefox-source-0.9.tar.bz2". Make sure to do "ebuild /usr/portage/net-www/mozilla-firefox/mozilla-firef ox-0.9.ebuild digest" if you use the rename trick.

If it still doesn't work, I can host the actual tarball I used.

Re:No source though (5, Informative)

DivineHawk (570091) | more than 10 years ago | (#9437395)

"The original source was incomplete. An updated source tarball was released from mozilla.org."

It's on BT just fine Mozilla Firefox 0.9 Source Fixed [pryan.org]

Re:No source though (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9437499)

questions about how to use this...anybody?

Firefox is great (5, Interesting)

titaniam (635291) | more than 10 years ago | (#9437171)

I wrote a website that displays 250 or more favicon.ico website icons [iconsurf.com] at a time, and the difference in loading speed/rendering quality between Firefox and MSIE is amazing. The icons are small, but each is loaded from a different website around the world, so it is a good test of loading speed for many small items. It's ironic that the icons are usually of type "microsoft icon resource" and MSIE fails to display more than half of them.
If you have Firefox, make sure to get the Linky plugin (I'm not responsible for that one, but it is a very useful plugin) if you like to open multiple links at once from a given webpage.

Re:Firefox is great (1)

leonscape (692944) | more than 10 years ago | (#9437256)

Konq works very well with this as well.

Re:Firefox is great (1, Troll)

geeber (520231) | more than 10 years ago | (#9437279)

Well I love Firefox and have used it as my main browser for the last year or so. But honestly, I loaded the website both IE and Firefox 0.9 and really didn't see a difference.

Re:Firefox is great (3, Insightful)

hkfczrqj (671146) | more than 10 years ago | (#9437366)

I was going to complain the same thing, until I saw the "also show potentially incompatible icons" link.

Try again :) [iconsurf.com]

Got it (0)

timealterer (772638) | more than 10 years ago | (#9437174)

It's working great, but STILL doesn't have an application in Windows 98. Am I the only person who really cares about this? (I know they say it'll be fixed for 1.0, but still...) It just looks unprofessional to have a little Windows icon there.

Re:Got it (1)

timealterer (772638) | more than 10 years ago | (#9437197)

Application ICON that is. :P

Re:Got it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9437229)

It's version 0.9. 0.9. Before 1.0. That means don't expect all that much, if anything, from it. There are bigger fish to fry than a missing icon, or it would be 1.0.

That said, it's an excellent browser.

Oh. (1, Interesting)

Bill, Shooter of Bul (629286) | more than 10 years ago | (#9437220)

So it s not just my computer. Interesting. I would have thought some one would have looked into that. I guess were just lucky it works at all.

Re:Oh. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9437251)

So quit whining on Slashdot and file a bug report. Expecting "some one" to look into it is no good if that "some one" doesn't know about the problem.

Re:Got it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9437426)

There's a fix for this problem listed on the website somewhere. I know it's ridiculous that we should have to do it, but it can be fixed.

Re:Got it (4, Informative)

Pieroxy (222434) | more than 10 years ago | (#9437486)

Well, is it just me or does the slashdot bug is till there?

To reproduce:
1. type in www.slashdot.org
2. Hit refresh until you see the main part overlapping the left part. Should be pretty quick (2-3 retries on my machine)

Oh well... Mozilla 1.7 out and that bug still there...

YAD (0, Redundant)

soloport (312487) | more than 10 years ago | (#9437176)

Yet Another Dupe [slashdot.org] ?

Re:YAD (1)

Mz6 (741941) | more than 10 years ago | (#9437192)

Nope... That posting is a review. This is the official release form what I have been following.

Nope. (4, Informative)

irokitt (663593) | more than 10 years ago | (#9437202)

The two previous articles were both talking about the release candidate, not the actual 0.9 release, which just came out today.

Re:Nope. (1)

ack154 (591432) | more than 10 years ago | (#9437226)

There was one some time this morning that was for the official release - but it was pulled just a minute or two after it went live. I had a comment in it too and even though you couldn't access the story, my comment showed up in my profile for most of the day (though I just noticed it's been removed now).

Opera (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9437177)

Shame that Slashdot missed covering the new release of Opera 7.5 [opera.com] , another excellent web browser.

Good so far, but... (5, Informative)

dotslashconfig (784719) | more than 10 years ago | (#9437182)

Release 0.9 looks pretty good so far. The new default theme looks spiffy, and basic functionality seems to be improved (rendering/loading is a tad faster, in my opinion). I also really like the extensions manager.

The one flaw I've noticed so far, though, is that the extensions options frame is a little buggy. When I finish modifying one extension and go to load up the preferences from another, the extension I just finished modifying pops up. If I go back and load the new extension prefs again, everything is fine. It's nothing major... just a little something that could be fixed for the big 1.0.

Mac versus windows (1)

goombah99 (560566) | more than 10 years ago | (#9437427)

Are you talking about the mac or the widows version. I wonder why the mac version if 4.7 Mb while the mac version is 8.6 Mb. both incredibly small but why the difference? Does the mac one implement other features (say ftp?)

Re:Mac versus windows (1)

TravisWatkins (746905) | more than 10 years ago | (#9437469)

The windows one uses 7-zip compression. There was work on a linux port for 7-zip, but I dunno what progress was made. Once it makes it to Linux getting to to *BSDs and OS X should be easy.

again? (1, Interesting)

ack154 (591432) | more than 10 years ago | (#9437185)

So the story this morning (that was pulled) and the one yesterday weren't enough? What's going on??

It's the links man... (1)

Mz6 (741941) | more than 10 years ago | (#9437216)

It's gotta be the links. There are a lot! If it's the shoes for Michael Jordan.. It's gotta be the links on /.

The earlier story was probably pulled because... (0)

bonch (38532) | more than 10 years ago | (#9437368)

Michael already duped a story that was still on the front page earlier today. I imagine yet another dupe (YES, Firefox 0.9 was released earlier, it wasn't just a Release Candidate despite all those false posts that downloaded the wrong file) of a story still on the front page would have been too embarrassing.

Just emerged it! (5, Informative)

maskedbishounen (772174) | more than 10 years ago | (#9437189)

While not on portage (yet), Gentoo users can find an ebuild [gentoo.org] over here.

It killed off my bookmarks, so you have been warned.

Re:Just emerged it! (0, Offtopic)

2057 (600541) | more than 10 years ago | (#9437319)

not to be offtopic, but i don't get it, why is gentoo considered such a great operating system for people who want to learn when those people can't really compile for themselves? Real users should just compile this now, and not complain or ask for some package

Re:Just emerged it! (0)

XMyth (266414) | more than 10 years ago | (#9437433)

You should've said "not to be a troll" because that's what you came off as.

Perhaps some NEWBIE users enjoy package management? Stupid newbs.

Re:Just emerged it! (1)

maskedbishounen (772174) | more than 10 years ago | (#9437483)

Alternatively, because some lazy admins want automated compiling from source, dependency checking, and easy uninstallation (in case of the worst) on their production servers? :)

Re:Just emerged it! (2, Interesting)

Dan Ost (415913) | more than 10 years ago | (#9437466)

In my opinion, gentoo is a great (meta)distribution for people who want to
learn because it doesn't hide anything from you and doesn't do anything without
you telling it to. At the same time, it makes the uninteresting parts of
managing a machine easy to automate so that I can spend time doing things
I find interesting.

Ultimately, I see no qualitative difference between 'emerge foo' and
'tar xvf foo.tar; cd foo; configure -prefix=...; make; make install'.
The hard part is knowing what you need, not following the install recipe
from the README once you've downloaded the source.

Early April 1, or late? (0, Offtopic)

Chmarr (18662) | more than 10 years ago | (#9437191)

This is like April Fools Day all over again! What fun! ;)

Not a single reason (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9437205)


On why should anyone upgrade to 0.9?

The icons on the bookmark tabs disappeared in 0.7. That didnt get fixed in 0.8, the icons are still disappearing in 0.9.

If the Internet connection goes down, the page loses the address it was trying to load. And is never able to retrieve it when the connection comes back up.

Should have been fixed in 0.7, still there.

JavaScript code parses switch statements incorrectly. Who wants to guess what Firefox shows for this simple snippet?

var a = 10;
a = 9;
var b = 10;
switch(b)
{
case a:
alert('got it');
break;
default:
alert('passed');
}

Re:Not a single reason (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9437322)

The icons on the bookmark tabs disappeared in 0.7

I'm not sure what you're talking about. I'm running 0.7 and all my bookmarks and tabs have icons.

Re:Not a single reason (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9437386)

close the browser and re-enter, watch your bookmarks toolbar

Re:Not a single reason (1)

molarmass192 (608071) | more than 10 years ago | (#9437361)

That is messed up! Wrong answer in FF, but I can confirm that it works as expected in Moz 1.8 alpha.

Re:Not a single reason (4, Informative)

Dr. Mojura (584120) | more than 10 years ago | (#9437392)

If the Internet connection goes down, the page loses the address it was trying to load. And is never able to retrieve it when the connection comes back up.

Easy fix:
Go to about:config and set
browser.xul.error_pages.enabled
to True. You will then have a page showing an error message if the address couldn't load, with a link to try loading it again.

On another note, a few days back someone mentioned a way to to prevent Firefox from compressing its memory in Windows when minimized. What was that preference name again?

Re:Not a single reason (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9437482)

that fixed it.

So why not put it in there by default, or have the checkbox "Dont lose the fucking data when the connection is suddenly not present"?

I guess those support licenses need to be sold in some way or another.

Before you complain about the new theme... (5, Informative)

MarkWPiper (604760) | more than 10 years ago | (#9437209)

... right click on your toolbar, customize, and check 'use small icons.' Ahhh, much better.

Why do they bother wasting screen real estate?

Re:Before you complain about the new theme... (1)

ack154 (591432) | more than 10 years ago | (#9437244)

I did that and the icons still seem odd. Like the back/forward buttons are too large and the refresh is just right. But the stop/home icons seem small (even though they take up a lot of space). Maybe I'm just looking at it funny...

And to fix the icon spacing... (5, Informative)

MarkWPiper (604760) | more than 10 years ago | (#9437265)

Check this out [grack.com] if you're so concerned. It's easy. It'll fix the icon spacing.

Re:And to fix the icon spacing... (1)

ack154 (591432) | more than 10 years ago | (#9437296)

At least I'm not the only one that sees it then I guess... Thanks for the link.

To get back the old Qute theme from 0.8: (5, Informative)

Gherald (682277) | more than 10 years ago | (#9437340)

To get back the good old Qute theme from 0.8:

Right click this link [quadrone.org] and select "Copy Link Location."

Then left click here [texturizer.net] , paste the link into the "Remote URL" box on the right, and click Install.

Ahh... feels like home again ;)

still "teh suck" on OS X (3, Interesting)

interactive_civilian (205158) | more than 10 years ago | (#9437302)

I really want the Firefox0.8 OS X pinstripe theme back. Not to sound inflammatory, but these new buttons look like they were made by the same design team that came up with the default windows XP theme...

any chances of it being updated to work with 0.9?

Re:Before you complain about the new theme... (4, Informative)

RickHunter (103108) | more than 10 years ago | (#9437333)

Hm. I found the small icons to be way too small. I did, however, remember to bookmark the Old Qute Theme [quadrone.org] from 0.8 and earlier, which has been updated to work with 0.9. IMHO, it is much nicer than the new one, at least under Linux. YMMV.

Re:Before you complain about the new theme... (1)

MicroBerto (91055) | more than 10 years ago | (#9437346)

Nope, still ugly.

I know that there's themes, but this is terrible for a default. My question is, where can I officially voice my opinion to the firefox team about this? I know that complaining on slashdiggity won't get anything accomplished.

Re:Before you complain about the new theme... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9437370)

Why do they bother wasting screen real estate?

It's not a waste, especially not for a default setting. The larger a button is, the easier and faster it is to point your mouse pointer at it. Basic usability.

For the technies, if they want to trade toolbar speed for canvas space, they can do so. Anybody who is unable to figure out how to change this setting is unlikely to be proficient enough with the mouse to want to do so anyway.

Re:Before you complain about the new theme... (1)

Night0wl (251522) | more than 10 years ago | (#9437468)

I go so far as to move every thing to one bar.

Pull down menus, navigation buttons, address bar, go button (optional) and nothing else.

My computer room may not be minimalist with 6 Machines. But my browser is. :)

Only 3%? (5, Interesting)

eraser.cpp (711313) | more than 10 years ago | (#9437211)

I'm migrating from .8 to .9 and the speed increase feels much more dramatic.

Re:Only 3%? (1)

ack154 (591432) | more than 10 years ago | (#9437259)

I definitely agree... there is much more snap in this version. The menus seem to jump up a lot faster - as well as opening tabs.

Re:Only 3%? (2, Informative)

XMyth (266414) | more than 10 years ago | (#9437464)

They do seem to draw faster, menus that is, but it's still not instant. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining...this doesn't impair usability in any way...but why is it that owner drawn menus in moz can't be as fast as native ones in say...99% of other windows apps?

Again, this isn't a complaint....the speed difference is only noticeable if you look for it...but it is there...on my systems at least.

Re:Only 3%? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9437328)

Maybe it's a 3% increase in page loading speed, but the browser itself (eg menus) have been sped up to be faster than that.

User Agent String? (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9437235)

Hmm... on mine the User Agent string still says Firefox/0.8. Anybody else see this?

Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.7) Gecko/20040614 Firefox/0.8

Re:User Agent String? (2, Informative)

whitekolovrat (736562) | more than 10 years ago | (#9437298)

mine is Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.0; en-US; rv:1.7) Gecko/20040614 Firefox/0.9

Re:User Agent String? (1)

ack154 (591432) | more than 10 years ago | (#9437375)

Hmm... I'm getting 0.8 too. If I go to Help -> About - it says it's version 0.9, but the useragent listed there is 0.8 also.

I did I straight install/upgrade over 0.8 - maybe that's why? I'm going to try uninstalling and installing again to see if that helps.

Re:User Agent String? (5, Informative)

CeleronXL (726844) | more than 10 years ago | (#9437459)

This can be fixed in about:config.

Change general.useragent.vendorSub to 0.9.

Safari (5, Interesting)

artlu (265391) | more than 10 years ago | (#9437236)

Recently, I started using Firefox on my PC because of its similarity to Safari. Has anyone else noticed this?

GroupShares.com [groupshares.com] - An Investment Community

Re:Safari (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9437306)

Yes, we ALL did. We're watching you...

Re:Safari (5, Funny)

Woy (606550) | more than 10 years ago | (#9437321)

Recently, I started using Firefox on my PC because of its similarity to Safari. Has anyone else noticed this?

Yeah, we did! And thanks for those pics of your wife in the hidden "honey" folder. Those came in really handy, if you catch my drift.

Re:Safari (2, Informative)

JWhiton (215050) | more than 10 years ago | (#9437436)

There's one feature of Firefox that keeps me on Safari so far. I can middle-click (the scrollwheel button) on a link in Safari and it'll open in a new tab. Is there some way to enable this in Firefox for OS X? The options menu in 0.8 was distressingly sparse.

HOW DOES THIS BASH MICRO$LOTH OR WORSHIP APPLE? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9437238)

in other words, WHO CARES?

Adblock (4, Informative)

Verteiron (224042) | more than 10 years ago | (#9437247)

For those of you using Adblock with Firefox under Windows and find it missing after the upgrade, here's what I did to fix it.

Check the new Extensions manager under Tools and see if it's there. If it is, uninstall it from that window.

Close Firefox and use Explorer or whatever to browse to "\Documents and Settings\\Application Data\Mozilla\FireFox\profile.3hd\Extensions" on your system drive.

Now you have to figure out which of these obscurely named subdirectories is Adblock. You can use Notepad or some other text editer to open "Extensions.rdf" and see. This string may be the same on all systems, if so, I'm sure someone can post it. Once you know which directory Adblock is still hiding in, delete it. Now go and install the AdBlock nightly from here: http://adblock.mozdev.org/dev.html [mozdev.org]

That took care of it on my systems. YMMV, as always.

Re:Adblock (1)

Verteiron (224042) | more than 10 years ago | (#9437356)

quick correction:

"\Documents and Settings\\Application Data\Mozilla\FireFox\profile.3hd\Extensions"

should be

"\Documents and Settings\WindowsProfile\Application Data\Mozilla\FireFox\profile.3hd\Extensions" where WindowsProfile is your Windows Profile name. Obviously this only applies to 2000/XP. In Windows 98/ME I believe this is stored in "\windows\Application Data".

Re:Adblock (4, Informative)

Dachannien (617929) | more than 10 years ago | (#9437359)

I just redownloaded AdBlock off of the extensions page (click Get New Extensions from the extensions control widget) and it worked fine. Even kept all my old adblock settings.

There's also an extension that makes your old-style extensions from pre-0.9 show up in the control widget. Some of the old extensions (Nuke Anything, for example) don't seem to have been updated, but they still work fine in 0.9 if you enable them. Once you restart Mozilla you have to right click the dimmed extensions to enable them.

Re:Adblock (1)

Yobgod Ababua (68687) | more than 10 years ago | (#9437396)

Was your problem just a manifestation of this

To prevent the kind of problems we had with the 0.8 release (users were having the browser not start with "No XBL Binding for Browser" errors, and finding that their theme was broken), when you run 0.9 for the first time all of your extensions will be automatically disabled, and the theme will be reset to the default. You must then look for newer versions of your extensions that are compatible with Firefox 0.9 since the extension API has changed. After Firefox 0.9 these updates should be more seamless. ---from the release notes

...or was it something more annoying?

Adblock appears to be happily available through their new extension manager from the usual place [mozilla.org] ...

Re:Adblock (1)

boarder8925 (714555) | more than 10 years ago | (#9437454)

I find this [texturizer.net] to be much better.

First thoughts (1)

stratjakt (596332) | more than 10 years ago | (#9437252)

The new theme is butt ugly.

I sure hope they fixed the bugs. Every once in awhile it'll stop resolving pages.

Like if I did a "back" to return to the /. homepage, I'll get a message like "the page / cannot be found" or some shit. Donno if it's the cache barfing or what. It's sporatic, but annoying as hell.

One Tree Hill (5, Interesting)

fembots (753724) | more than 10 years ago | (#9437253)

FYI, One Tree Hill is a suburb [wises.co.nz] in Auckland, New Zealand. And apparently a couple of the code names are based on other suburbs nearby.

Royal Oak (1)

oob (131174) | more than 10 years ago | (#9437369)

I see the release name [mozilla.org] for FireFox 0.8 is Royal Oak [wises.co.nz] , also an Auckland suburb.

Is this just a coincidence or is there some connection between the Firebird project and Auckland , New Zealand?

Re:Royal Oak (3, Informative)

darkpurpleblob (180550) | more than 10 years ago | (#9437420)

There is a connection. Ben Goodger, the lead developer on the project is from Auckland (http://www.bengoodger.com/about/ben.shtml [bengoodger.com] ).

If you look at the Firefox roadmap [mozilla.org] , the 0.71, 0.8, 0.9, and 1.0b milestones all have codenames that are Auckland suburbs.

Re:Royal Oak (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9437431)

The lead developer, Ben Goodger, lived in the area. I assume this is where the connection comes in.

It's quite cool because I myself live in Royal Oak and go jogging around One Tree Hill.

btw One Tree Hill is quite famous and is sung about in U2's "Joshua Tree" album.

Aaron

Mirror links and other stuff (4, Informative)

Patik (584959) | more than 10 years ago | (#9437254)

update.mozilla.org was slow earlier today. If you can't get in there, try these out:

Extensions [extensionsmirror.nl]
Themes [mozillazine.org]

Keep in mind that the packaging requirements changed for this release, so not all of your old favorites are 0.9 compatible (yet).

If you want the old 0.8 theme back, you can find it here: Qute [quadrone.org]

Moz Googlebar Pagerank (4, Insightful)

iserlohn (49556) | more than 10 years ago | (#9437286)

They really need a proper pagerank feature in the moz googlebar. There was a recent hack to googlebar that showed pagerank for a page by querying a central server which returned a gif image. That doesn't work so well and is really slow.

Am I the only one? (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9437301)

Who gets issues with Slashdot and Firefox. In that the main area of the page overlaps strangely with the menu area on the left.

It occurs some of the time, not all of the time.

Poor /. html ??

Re:Am I the only one? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9437348)

No. I've gotten it with regular Mozilla, Firebird 0.7, 0.8 and 0.9..

Dont know who's to blame, but I never had the problem with IE.

Sometimes it wont render a /. page at all. Like when I click submit, the confirmation screen may just have the green bars but no text.

earlier I looked at my comments page, and it was ALLL sorts of fucked up.

I don't think it's firebird, I think the /. team doesnt drink it's own kool aid, runs windows and only tests with IE, like the rest of the shitty webmasters out there.

Waste mod points on flamebait, but it's true. We've all seen /. puke up a lung when they jam some in-testing code onto the live server.

Re:Am I the only one? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9437443)

Sometimes it wont render a /. page at all. Like when I click submit, the confirmation screen may just have the green bars but no text.

Yeah I've seen that quite a bit. I think that's slashdot spitting out broken html.

The page overlapping the menu is a mozilla bug. http://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=217527

Happens to me, too. (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9437367)

Left-side menu and main area overlap. Strangely, it doesn't happen 100% of the time. Have the same problem in regular Mozilla, too. Of course I.E. displays it properly all the time. There are two conclusions to draw from this:
1. Slashdot is written for Internet Explorer.
2. Mozilla is shit.
I've never run into similar problems on any other website with Mozilla, so logically I would have to conclude that we are dealing with the first case. Somehow that doesn't surprise me.

Thumbs up (1)

WanderingFighter (756255) | more than 10 years ago | (#9437309)

I like it. I've downloaded some extensions, and it seems everthing is in order. The search integration option makes things nice also.

Faster (1)

krazykit (774736) | more than 10 years ago | (#9437315)

It does seem snappier, even on dial-up. All around better.

Broken `-remote' for Linux users? (2, Interesting)

Croooow (182767) | more than 10 years ago | (#9437329)

Have any other Linux users found the `-remote' argument to be broken in Firefox 0.9?
% firefox -remote 'ping()'
Error: No running window found

% firefox -remote 'openURL(http://slashdot.org/, new-tab)'
Error: No running window found

Re:Broken `-remote' for Linux users? (2, Informative)

bconway (63464) | more than 10 years ago | (#9437411)

Yes, it's broken and there's a bug open for it, you have to use mozilla-xremote-client for the time being. Unfortunately, the syntax is different enough between the two commands that it doesn't work so well with programs that foolishly hardcoded browser commands (like X-Chat), where symlinking mozilla -> firefox used to work.

3% speedup link. (2, Informative)

deniea (257313) | more than 10 years ago | (#9437350)

The link provided on /. has to be copy pasted;
http://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi? id=231995

Good to see that the message "(Use the Preview Button! Check those URLs!)" is neither used by either the poster or the /. crew., the click on link shows a "Sorry, links to Bugzilla from Slashdot are disabled" message...

One that page, the part convering the speedup thing:

2) more importantly though, MSVC just generates better code. take a look at
codesize totals for example: linux seamonkey went from 21148 to 20196, and win32
seamonkey went from 13101 to 12821. so, that's a 4.5% savings on linux and a
2.1% savings on win32.


Yes, I know a bit down the text 2-3% is mentioned, I do RTFA, but it shows as much 'substantial' evidence as todays 'Java faster than C++' article.

Sorry links to Bugzilla from Slashdot are disabled (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9437357)

"Sorry, links to Bugzilla from Slashdot are disabled."

The smartest thing I have heard all day.

Firefox is the best imho for multi platform browsers. Very small-footprint, fast, versatile

I use Firefox exclusively here, and it's great. I use it on Solaris/U2, Slackware/P3, OpenBSD/P2, Slackware/K6. It seems to fly on X Terminals/Thin-clients. Multimedia is handle well too, imho.

I look forward to trying 0.9. I'd have to say that for an 0.X release of software, it works like a 2.X release =)

Stop the spread of IE.

Bookmarks (Mac OS X) (3, Insightful)

agenaud (538288) | more than 10 years ago | (#9437363)

I cleared all my bookmarks upgrading a previous version, after reading rave reviews about reimporting old bookmarks (appearently on Windows).

Before I update from 0.9RC to 0.9, is there a way to save bookmarks? Perhaps as an HTML file?

Re:Bookmarks (Mac OS X) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9437440)

Browse around your profile directory for bookmarks.html

or

Open up Bookmarks Manager, File -> Export and save the html file somewhere where you can find it.

Re:Bookmarks (Mac OS X) (1)

Orion Blastar (457579) | more than 10 years ago | (#9437473)

You should have a Bookmarks/Manage Bookmarks menu. After selecting this, do an "File/export bookmarks". If not then browse to the directory your profile is in and copy the bookmarks.htm file to someplace else. Then copy it back to the new profile.

If the Mac OSX version of Firefox does not have the import/export bookmarks option, what good is it? ;)

Aaaaaaah! (1)

Madslasher (738486) | more than 10 years ago | (#9437379)

A definitely much needed arrival. I have been waiting for a while as i have found mozilla firefox 0.8 slightly buggy. I expect they have fixed them and YAY! for all the upgrades! Feeling extatic about the new arrival and hopefully better version.

Those damn tabs.. (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9437382)

You know, I could almost grow to like tabs if you didn't have to have such precision with the mouse to choose one (I know you can use the keyboard to flip between them). The huge thing I like about my taskbar is that I can throw the mouse to the bottom of the screen and it will be over a button. Has anyone, by any chance, made a firefox extension that "grabs" the mouse when it hits the tab bar to make it easier to target them?

I don't think I'll stop using Konqueror any time soon (I don't have any reason to), but I figure I may as well play around with new stuff.

Quick Release Canidate time. (1)

miscellaneous_havoc (621991) | more than 10 years ago | (#9437387)

That was an amazingly quick RC turnover. Mozilla knows how to keep the impatient on their toes! :)

busted ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9437388)

I downloaded the new win32 version, installed and launched. Everything seemed to work very well. I added the mostly crystal theme and a few extensions, (Google, TabCloseUndo, AdBlock, some others) .. and now when I launch I get Finishing Extension Install .. its been hung for about 30 minutes now. Killing it and restarting has the same affect. CPU / Mem on the box are low, with the Firefox PID consuming 0cpu and 12056K mem. The memory is not growing. In fact, IO reads/writes, threads objects all do not move.

Soo.. why is this better than 0.8 ?

Getting the old theme back (4, Informative)

sbszine (633428) | more than 10 years ago | (#9437389)

Using it now, and it's waaaay faster and more reliable than 0.8. No more reloading poorly rendered Slashdot pages!

If you think the new theme is a step backwards, you can get the old theme back by going to the designer's site [quadrone.org] .

beautiful (1)

2057 (600541) | more than 10 years ago | (#9437398)

This browser, firefox .9 is amazing, I just switched , i've been in a quite a fix to find a decide browser and this just took over the position konqueror held

My thoughts: (4, Informative)

ajutla (720182) | more than 10 years ago | (#9437409)

--Firefox 0.9 really is a bit faster than 0.8. It's probably not noticeable to all you lucky bastards with broadband, but I can tell over 56k. I think FF is now about on par with, perhaps even faster than, IE, which was previously a lot quicker (for me).

--The new default theme...well, I'm in the "damn, that's ugly" camp. I went to Tools -> Themes -> Get More Themes to download Qute, and was taken to Mozilla Update, where there was a link to "install Qute now." I did that but it didn't work. I ended up having to manually download the .jar file and use the theme installer on texturizer.net to get Qute working--It seems like something's broken here, I dunno. Anyone else had a similar experience?

--FF's interface seems a bit snappier now, as well--it doesn't slow down a ton with multiple tabs open. It remains to be seen whether it still has 0.8's nasty memory leaks, though.

--I wonder if anyone else has noticed this: the menus now are rendered a little bit...differently. They no longer look as "Windows native" as they used to, and now resemble Mozilla 1.5 on my Debian machine. I wonder if this was done for cross-platform compatibility (So FF doesn't look as out of place on Linux?)

Overall, though, I'm quite pleased with the new FF's performance. It's a bit of a pain to go around and re-obtain all your extensions and such, but once you get it set up, it works very well. Great job Mozilla dev team!

Re:My thoughts: (1)

CeleronXL (726844) | more than 10 years ago | (#9437485)

Yes it seems like many people are having similar problems on update.mozilla.org. I too had a somewhat similar problem that has left the theme Noia 2.0 (eXtreme) in a state of constant installing or something, because I cannot switch to it and I cannot remove it, even after rebooting the browser. Urghf

Close windows programs ? (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9437413)

Why does the linux installer ask me to close
all my Windows programs before continuing ?

Links to .9 extensions and themes (2, Informative)

eraser.cpp (711313) | more than 10 years ago | (#9437437)

These threads were created to show which have been updated to work with .9:
.9 extensions [extensionsmirror.nl]
.9 themes [mozillazine.org]

Don't forget to un-install your current FF... (2, Informative)

lhaeh (463179) | more than 10 years ago | (#9437488)

...You'll regret it if you don't
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