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Firefox 3

Today beginning at approximately 10:00AM PDT [1:00 PM on the East Coast and 1700 UTC] the newest version of the Firefox browser will be available, and Mozilla would like to break the Guinness record for most software downloads in a single day.

If you want to get involved go to the Download Day site during the 24 hour period and select your download site.

Be aware that if you use add-ins in your version of Firefox 2 it is unlikely they will work in Firefox 3.


1 Kryten42 { 06.17.08 at 4:01 am }

Yup! Grabbed mine earlier. 😀

And all my extensions (51) are FF3 compatible (and it’s easy to override the version check anyway, with something like the ‘MR Tech Local Install’ extension). 😉

However, given past experience with major FF updates… I’d recommend that anyone who wants to try FF3, keep their current version as well until they KNOW FF3 works as expected. 😉

There is an extension called FEBE5 (firefox extension backup extension) that will back up your current extensions and profile settings. There are two companion extensions at the site also, called CLEO and OPIE. LOL

Firefox Extensions by Chuck Baker

Good luck and cheers all! 🙂

2 LadyMin { 06.17.08 at 11:13 am }

I love FF, but I’ll wait a few days to install it. Translation: I’ll wait until I have more time to mess with the extensions that break!

However, I’ll grab my copy today for the Guinness record. 🙂

3 Bryan { 06.17.08 at 11:16 am }

There was a time when I would have had more interest in the Guinness than the record, but we all make adjustments.

4 LadyMin { 06.17.08 at 2:25 pm }

Awwwww…. The download day site crashed.

The main page is back up… http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/
Or just go to the release directory like I did.

I prefer a Bass myself, but Guinness will do in a pinch. 🙂

5 Bryan { 06.17.08 at 3:33 pm }

I once drank Molson’s Golden Ale in North America, Henninger, where available, in Europe. Not drinking is one of the sacrifices I’ve made to stay alive.

6 Badtux { 06.17.08 at 9:10 pm }

I’ll pass on the Firefox. I use Camino (the Mac-API’ed version of Firefox that dumps the XUL and writes to the bare API). Firefox just doesn’t behave correctly on MacOS.

7 Moi { 06.17.08 at 9:36 pm }

I’m afraid to go for the new one, until they get the bugs out……….my v. 2.0.014 crashes enough as it is….

8 Bryan { 06.17.08 at 9:47 pm }

I’ve downloaded it, but I haven’t installed it. I have too many things going on right now to chance changing anything else.

9 Steve Bates { 06.18.08 at 12:02 am }

Testing, testing… I downloaded and installed FF3, and posted a comment here a half hour ago; it appears to have vanished, unless I posted it to another thread by mistake…

10 Steve Bates { 06.18.08 at 12:04 am }

Hmm. Behavior in FF3 appears to be different regarding domain lookup failure during a Submit. Other than that, things are going swimmingly after about an hour’s use.

11 Bryan { 06.18.08 at 12:12 am }

It’s not on another thread, so it must have gone to /device/null.

That could be a problem. Today has been pretty good, but some days the ‘Net doesn’t want to recognize my existence. I’m about ready to buy another domain just to see if I can get better response.

12 Steve Bates { 06.18.08 at 12:29 am }

Perhaps I clicked Preview instead of Post. I’ll keep an eye on it.

FWIW, it’s not all .us domains. I ran across another blog in .us the other day; there was no delay in loading it.

13 Mustang Bobby { 06.18.08 at 7:11 am }

I downloaded it twice; once for the home computer and once for the work laptop where it is the alternate browser. Both installations went fine. The only add-on I have is Foxmarks.

I love the Spell Check feature. No more tyops!

14 Bryan { 06.18.08 at 11:02 am }

Yeah, I know, Steve, I’ve never had a problem with Ken Quinnell sites which are also .us. It has to be the registrar I use. There may be another jump that pushes the time out limit.

I’ll wait to see if you guys crash and burn before I try it. You get sliced and diced a lot on the leading edge.

15 andante { 06.18.08 at 7:31 pm }

Your wish is my command. Errr, rather Firefox’s wish is my command.

In other news, I have some good news. finally.

16 Bryan { 06.18.08 at 8:07 pm }

I read your good news earlier, Andante, and if cats and Haloscan ever stop conspiring against me I will tell you how happy I am to hear that your weeks of torture have yielded good results.

17 Steve Bates { 06.18.08 at 10:08 pm }

“I’ll wait to see if you guys crash and burn before I try it. You get sliced and diced a lot on the leading edge.”

Yep. I’m taking the chance only because I have no critical work in front of me. A couple of people out there have claimed they have hacks for FF3, but I haven’t seen any actual reports that make me quake in my boots, and to this point, in ordinary use, it’s been rock-solid. Then again, I haven’t seen any must-have new features, either. It is, though, noticeably faster than FF2.

18 Bryan { 06.18.08 at 11:13 pm }

That I could definitely use.

Weird, but tonight, for an hour your site was acting like mine, refusing to be found.

19 Steve Bates { 06.20.08 at 12:20 pm }

Hmm. I didn’t see that from here, but I was out for a while during the evening. My domains are registered through IYD; they have been there for years, and I have them set to auto-renew and hit my credit card. I just checked, and the next renewal for the YDD is in July.

FWIW, last night, a FF3 notification appeared that the JavaScript debugger, updated for FF3, was available. I installed it but haven’t had occasion to try it yet. Presuming it works, that’s the one essential add-on for people who do AJAX development. (These days, that does not include me.) It is a good sign that they updated it so quickly.

20 Bryan { 06.20.08 at 12:48 pm }

It may have been a bad router somewhere that took a while to be avoided. Since my DSL service gets routed through Central Florida before it hits the real backbone, I have lag issues that other people wouldn’t get involved in. I’m at the western edge of my provider’s coverage area, so I get outages that don’t affect anyone else.

The only security issue I’ve seen on FF3 is not something that would ever affect me, as I don’t visit the sites that might provoke the behavior, so I’ll probably shift to it.