• Firefox 7 is out!



    Mozilla appears to have pushed the final build of Firefox 7 although autoupdate and the website have not been updated yet.
    Initial Changelog:
    • Vastly improved memory usage (up to 50% better) and increased speed
    • Added a new rendering backend to speed up Canvas operations on Windows systems
    • Bookmark and password changes now sync almost instantly when using Firefox Sync
    • Added support for text-overflow: ellipsis
    • Added support for the Web Timing specification
    • Added an opt-in system for users to send performance data back to Mozilla to improve future versions of Firefox. This can be enabled by installing an add-on
    • Fixed several stability issues
    Download Links:
    Windows (13.4MB):
    OSX (28.2MB):

    Linux (14.5MB):
    Override the existing install and you will have Firefox 7.

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    Comments 30 Comments
    1. markcuk's Avatar
      markcuk -
      what v7
    1. elsiegee40's Avatar
      elsiegee40 -
      Version 7!

      How many versions can they release in a year?!
    1. nephilim's Avatar
      nephilim -
      Trying to catch up with Chrome on the numbering scheme
    1. tom_newton's Avatar
      tom_newton -
      Time to find out if they've fixed any auth bugs...
    1. SYNACK's Avatar
      SYNACK -
      I'm just going to wait till Firefox 19 next week
    1. mthomas08's Avatar
      mthomas08 -
      Another version? Maybe they are realising the last two were just as bad as IE. Even some of our staff here are saying its too slow compared to chrome.
    1. sonofsanta's Avatar
      sonofsanta -
      Mozilla fall foul of e-peen boasting again... it's only a bloody number, I don't care how big it is!


      (said the actress to the vicar)
    1. Michael's Avatar
      Michael -
      Since Windows 7, my love for Firefox isn't as great anymore. I'm quite happy with IE9 to be honest!

      Trying to keep up in a networked environment just isn't very practical! For home use it's OK.
    1. Arthur's Avatar
      Arthur -
      Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
      Trying to keep up in a networked environment just isn't very practical!
      Starting with Firefox 8 or 9, Mozilla plan on releasing special extended support editions of Firefox aimed at enterprises which will be supported for 42 weeks (instead of six).

      https://wiki.mozilla.org/Enterprise/...ort%3AProposal

    1. mthomas08's Avatar
      mthomas08 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
      Starting with Firefox 8 or 9, Mozilla plan on releasing special extended support editions of Firefox aimed at enterprises which will be supported for 42 weeks (instead of six).
      Still: If its not broken dont fix it? Although at home I use both IE/FF and tend to use FF over IE but I will admit, at work IE has worked well enough and the only students who complain are those who just want to use FF for the sake of it. Speed wise on our Windows 7 PCs with IE9 have had very little issues for speed.
    1. Michael's Avatar
      Michael -
      It's about time they did something like this. I'm pretty sure Firefox's browser share would be a lot larger than it is now if they made it easier to deploy in the first place. Although it was fun initially creating a version of Firefox 3.6 that could be deployed, it became a chore having to repeat the process for each build or version.

      I know Google have done this with Chrome, as well as including ADM files to tweak the browser.

      This is where IE9 is still very strong as you can tweak it to the max and at least you know it'll be around for a few years! Microsoft have also learnt lessons not to create web standards, but adhere to what's already out there.
    1. matt40k's Avatar
      matt40k -
      Firefox has gone for the agile method, so more frequent builds per year.
    1. Rydra's Avatar
      Rydra -
      IE is awful for continuous updates, it must need a new fix or similar twice a week, and after you've patched your 1000th "Patch" in a year the browser you started with is nothing like what you've got now.

      So the only real difference is Firefox likes to make visual improvements more frequently, and as such increase the release number more rapidly, instead of having Version 8.7.5.2.4.2 rc32 SP12
    1. thepineapplehead's Avatar
      thepineapplehead -
      I like the fact that you don't have to install six million "security updates for Mozilla Firefox", it just updates the core program, so you've got one nice up to date package.

      Even installing IE8 on a PC here would require an age downloading the updates through Win Update. I could just download the latest Firefox and be done.

      Although I must admit ... version 7? I've been using version 9 for months
    1. Michael's Avatar
      Michael -
      Correct me if I am wrong, but I believe IE9 to date has had two security updates since its release in March 2011.

      It's a much better browser compatibility and security wise than IE7 or IE8 ever were, but it's to be expected that each version should focus more and more on security.
    1. sted's Avatar
      sted -
      Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
      Since Windows 7, my love for Firefox isn't as great anymore. I'm quite happy with IE9 to be honest!

      Trying to keep up in a networked environment just isn't very practical! For home use it's OK.
      if it had a built in spellcheck id revert to ie. Firefox seems to get more annoying every version and i just dont like some of the things chrome does
    1. silkmaze's Avatar
      silkmaze -
      I know it's only just out, but does anyone know how stable this version is? I'm guessing that there will be a bunch of extensions that are not, as yet, supported on version 7.
    1. mrbios's Avatar
      mrbios -
      After what seems like forever of using firefox i've finally abandoned it in favour of chrome.... I've not used other web browsers much since first choosing firefox, my god how wrong i was! Chrome is awesome in comparison!!! All this time i thought my internet was just flaky in this house, turns out firefox was the issue.
    1. SYNACK's Avatar
      SYNACK -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rydra View Post
      IE is awful for continuous updates, it must need a new fix or similar twice a week, and after you've patched your 1000th "Patch" in a year the browser you started with is nothing like what you've got now.

      So the only real difference is Firefox likes to make pointless, training prompting visual 'improvements' more frequently, and as such increase the release number more rapidly, instead of having Version 8.7.5.2.4.2 rc32 SP12
      These are users we are talking about, IE keeps a working interface for much longer which helps in avoiding damage to their little brains. As to updates yes IE gets lots, so does firefox but at least IE does them nicely in the background with little increments instead of a whole reinstall every six minutes for the next memory leaking pile of instability that is FF.
    1. Rydra's Avatar
      Rydra -
      For me, I prefer Firefox because of it's addon's. The majority are pointless fluff for people with gadget addictions.

      But for a web designer IT geek I love my Yoono bar for twitter/FB/G+, the easy download buttons on flash video's, and Firebug has saved me hours/days of time fighting with errant website codes, and the saved password options for me are a blessing.
      I also like the recent addition of skinning, as I don't normally like bright white windows etc, and I love my dark black/grey menu bars, rather than annoying pointless transparency on IE9. If I wanted to see a 5mm strip of blurry background I'd strap beer bottles to my eyes.
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