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    Firefox 5 was just released

    FF5 was released. But I can not sense what is new relative to FF4. No explanation, no "What is new", nothing. I have just installed FF4 about two months ago. Why straight FF5? Don't we need an explanation, something, from Mozilla? I guess they have copied the Chrome's style: a new version every 2-3 months.

    What about the add-ons? Are there compatible with those for FF4? Am I blind, or I am not able to find details on their site?
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    Something to do with the security on the WebGL front mainly, I'd guess, judging from this:

    http://www.zdnet.com/blog/bott/micro...70?tag=nl.e589
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    That is one of the updates. The current changes are listed here:

    http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox.../releasenotes/

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    Based on that change list it sounds like they should have called in version 4.1. There isn't enough to justify a major version bump.

    Though this relates back to what I was saying in the google thread: Google Apps Browser Support
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    It's probably to distance this release from V4. One reason being that they'll want M$'s bragging rights to die quickly, and second being that people tend to refer to a general version being insecure, rather than an incremental version. They'd have probably had people asking six months down the line if that weakness was still present in the current version. They disassociated it now though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kor View Post
    But I can not sense what is new relative to FF4.

    Why straight FF5? Don't we need an explanation, something, from Mozilla?
    This explains why it's so hard to explain things to some codingforums members. Details of all this were published and much talked about all over the 'net months ago. The purpose of the accelerated major release numbers is to not hold back smaller improvements by larger ones that take longer to develop. That is what caused FF4 to take so long for release.

    The list is long, CSS Animations, javascript engine speed, security, and on and on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drhowarddrfine View Post
    This explains why it's so hard to explain things to some codingforums members. Details of all this were published and much talked about all over the 'net months ago. The purpose of the accelerated major release numbers is to not hold back smaller improvements by larger ones that take longer to develop. That is what caused FF4 to take so long for release.

    The list is long, CSS Animations, javascript engine speed, security, and on and on.
    Go away, troll.

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    But I’m still getting that gray square that keeps covering the top left corner of my screen when I open and close the preferences window. Seems to be a Mac-only issue and it doesn’t seem to be very common seeing the sparse search results about this on the internet. So I suppose nobody here would know how to fix this?

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    These are the highlights:
    Added support for CSS animations
    The Do-Not-Track header preference has been moved to increase discoverability
    Tuned HTTP idle connection logic for increased performance
    Improved canvas, JavaScript, memory, and networking performance
    Improved standards support for HTML5, XHR, MathML, SMIL, and canvas
    Improved spell checking for some locales
    Improved desktop environment integration for Linux users
    WebGL content can no longer load cross-domain textures
    Background tabs have setTimeout and setInterval clamped to 1000ms to improve performance
    Fixed several stability issues
    Fixed several security issues
    The major one they are touting is the do-not-track header. The list of fixed bugs is much longer, but I still don't think this warrants another major release so soon. This accelerated release version numbering they are using is silly.

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    Just regarding that do-not-track header, are people expecting that it will lead to their requests not being logged at all by any server that they connect to too, rather than just blocking the likes of analytics, ad software and the like? This page just made me wonder:

    http://donottrack.us/server.html

    Seems a bit blaise to expect that servers won't log requests for their content.

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    No, I don’t think that people will expect that they leave no traces at all. It’s pretty clear that it’s about tracking like market analytics and behavioral targeting.

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    FF5 is a peace of $!#@. it'll stop responding every time you loose internet connection....that's because there's a big load on our net providers ...but it wasn't like that in FF3...it was the best version for me and it was STABLE!(at least)

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    I like FF5. Honestly, I haven't noticed much difference between 4 and 5 though....... But really, I like FF5. I like Firefox altogether.

    I have ever since its early days (when I was growing up, I used to love "induling" in the Intern0t Exploder campaigns and thus, was quite the Netscape Navigator fan, despite it crashing every ten minutes).


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    I miss Navigator. The old one, with the N at the top right and the silhouette. Those were the days. Of course I was like 6 at the time, so whatever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BWiz View Post
    I miss Navigator. The old one, with the N at the top right and the silhouette. Those were the days. Of course I was like 6 at the time, so whatever.
    Don't. I hated the document.layers of the NS as much as document.all of IE
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