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11-06-2011, 07:59 PM #1
Firefox 8 Beta Released for Mac OS X
Firefox is a reliable browser that has been around for multiple platforms for a long time.
The final beta release of Firefox 8 is now available for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux. It can be downloaded from Mozilla's FTP servers here. Or you can follow these easier links if you're not good with navigating through FTP:
Windows 32bit download
Linux 32bit download
Linux 64bit download
Firefox 7 has been quite buggy and in fact it has had many problems with Java Console on numerous websites. The new version brings the following fixes; list compliments of Redmond Pie:
- Add-ons installed by third party programs are now disabled by default
- Added a one-time add-on selection dialog to manage previously installed add-ons
- Added Twitter to the search bar
- Added a preference to load tabs on demand, improving start-up time when windows are restored
- Improved tab animations when moving, reordering, or detaching tabs
- Improved performance and memory handling
- Added CORS support for cross-domain textures in WebGL
- Added support for HTML5 context menus
- Added support for insertAdjacentHTML
- Improved CSS hyphen support for many languages
- Improved WebSocket support
- Fixed several stability issues
Unfortunately, Firefox 8 still does not support the full-screen apps feature of Mac OS X Lion. I am blissfully awaiting that feature so that I can make use of every pixel on the screen.
Before the update to Firefox 7, Firefox was my browser of choice. After they released an unsteady Java Console loader which I depended on for numerous websites, I made the switch to Google Chrome where I can still use AdBlock Plus. Generally I would use Safari if I could, but I became spoiled with AdBlock Plus. Firefox still has one of the best add-on databases of any browser for multiple operating systems. For that, I will continue to leave it installed even though it's not my main browser.
I'm happy to announce though, that Firefox 8 fully supports Java Console and will fix many of the issues that people have been having with Firefox 7. That being said, will you be downloading it? Share in the comments below!
Sources: Redmond Pie
Last edited by Anthony Bouchard; 11-06-2011 at 08:02 PM.
11-06-2011, 08:21 PM #2
Firefox 8.....what! 2 months ago they were on 6 didn't even know they had a 7 and know their on 8. Why are they rushing.
11-06-2011, 08:28 PM #3
There is an ad block extension for Safari and you can install chpwn's tweak to make all apps fullscreen capable.
11-06-2011, 08:36 PM #4
11-06-2011, 09:52 PM #5
What the hell are they doing over there at Firefox? Is their program so buggy and full of holes they they really need to release an update every freaking month? The constant barrage of "There's a new Firefox available!" messages have forever driven me to Chrome.
11-06-2011, 10:02 PM #6
Last edited by szr; 11-06-2011 at 10:07 PM.
11-06-2011, 10:08 PM #7
Would you rather they don't release updates once a year? Personally, it's free and if they want to release once a week I wouldn't care. As long as wash release brings improvements!
11-06-2011, 10:32 PM #8
Firefox 8 already? The last time I used Firefox, I was using Firefox 3. I've moved onto Google Chrome and I don't plan on switching anytime soon.
In my opinion:
Internet Explorer > Safari > Fierfox > Google Chrome
Last edited by Zach B.; 11-06-2011 at 10:35 PM.
11-06-2011, 10:32 PM #9
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11-06-2011, 10:48 PM #10
11-06-2011, 11:42 PM #11
In my opinion:
Internet Explorer > Safari > Fierfox > Google Chrome[/QUOTE]
Internet Explorer < Safari < Fierfox < Google Chrome
11-07-2011, 12:42 AM #12
Recently discovered how awesomely fast Safari is in both prgm and page load times - must say, extremely surprised.
Everybody agrees that IE is, quite possibly, the worst browser ever made (excluding Netscape), right?
11-07-2011, 01:21 AM #13
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11-07-2011, 07:28 AM #17
If Chrome supported a version of NoScript, I'd stop using Firefox already. It hasn't been stellar for two or three major releases. Now if only I could get Adblock and NoScript on iOS.Ziger.
11-07-2011, 09:29 AM #18
I was a big firefox fan but dropped it for Chrome. I use my MacBook Air a lot and having flash installed just destroyed my battery life. I uninstalled it and use Chrome with native flash plugin and it increased my battery 3x.
11-07-2011, 10:35 AM #19
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11-07-2011, 11:31 AM #20
Anyone else getting 'permission denied' whilst attempting to download the windows x86 version ?