Firefox 8 now available, ahead of official release

By Julio Franco
Nov 7, 2011
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  1. Mozilla's Firefox continues to follow its rapid release cycle with its fourth major release since Firefox 4.0 debuted last March. Firefox 8.0 is slated for release tomorrow (Nov 8th), but…

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  2. Seems faster
  3. blimp01

    blimp01 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 157

    Link not working for me, i think the file got removed
  4. FireFox totally messes up the tradition of version number, which is major.minor.release. And that is one good reason why corporations with 10000+ PCs and thousands of apps cannot use FF as the default browser - each major browser upgrade requires careful coordination and testing of web applications. At the rate FF is release "major" versions (or whatever), it's simply not feasible.
  5. jonny702

    jonny702 Newcomer, in training Posts: 25

    But wait!! Firefox 9 will be released early in December so you can download that and have none of your plug-ins work until they release updates for the plug-ins right around the time Firefox 10 comes out in January!
    /Sarcasm
  6. "And that is one good reason why corporations with 10000+ PCs and thousands of apps cannot use FF as the default browser - each major browser upgrade requires careful coordination and testing of web applications"

    Not only that, but lately almost all the other browsers encounter a website that doesn't render or load properly; I ended up removing firefox from my small business clients, if only because it's a PITA to have to upgrade/test 2 browsers and flash/third party plugins rather than just 1.

    Power users can still use Firefox or any other browser if they want, just the portable version set as non-default. We have too many cloud and non-cloud apps that seem to work more reliably/better integration with IE than with other browsers.

    For business needs you really need browser reliability & stability. For home use, the other browsers work just fine.
  7. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,280   +180

    @blimp01, the link worked just fine for me.
  8. Too little too late as far as I am concerned, I switched when Firefox 5.0 kept crashing on me.
    Since then I am much happier with chrome, my only complaints being the lack of customization and the terrible history functionality.
    Even so, it's a small price to pay to keep my add-ons functional and my browser stable.
  9. Well if it doesn't crash daily like all the versions since 3.6 for me .. I will be happy..>So far so good.
  10. The release schedule is insane, but it doesn't really affect the home user. I don't get the fuss about add ons either, though I only use noscript and adblock and neither of those have been affected as far as I know...

    Interesting that people are switching to Chrome... as that's the kind of release schedule Mozilla actually copied...
  11. Firefox 7 just got way faster and better than previous versions with less memory use on the run, if version 8 doesn't came better than that, I'm just very glad using Firefox 7.
  12. Well I still like Firefox better than all other browsers *shrug*
  13. Got to love the stupid people who get upset over their addons not working. If you weren't illiterate you would know how to use about:config to make it so your addons will always work with new versions. Takes all of 3 seconds.
     
  14. So far it seems a bit faster, thumbs up
  15. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,062   +69

    I'm getting a "550 Permission denied" error message. Anyone else having this issue?
  16. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,988   +66

    @Wendig
    I am having the same issue for whatever reasons.
  17. I remember when a major version release was actually interesting. Seems Mozilla don't plan on any more of those and would rather just pretend their point releases are major ones instead,
  18. I get 505 message too.
  19. seems like mozilla withdrew the file from their ftp.
  20. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 12,109   +21

    "Improved performance and memory handling when using audio and video elements" - I sure hope so...
  21. I get a '550 Permission Denied' error when attempting to download.
  22. matrix86

    matrix86 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 795   +8

    Looks like Mozilla pulled it. It's not up on their site and the download link doesn't work. "Error 601 (net::ERR_FTP_FAILED): Unknown error" in Chrome and "550 Permission Denied" in Firefox. Guess it wasn't ready after all, lol.
  23. NTAPRO

    NTAPRO TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 784   +85

    >_> I don't get many crashes in firefox. I went back to the latest 3.6 recently but the went to 4.0.1 version because my email stopped loading on 3.6 :/
  24. works fine for me, none of my 15+ addons disabled and no error messages so far.
    its a little bit faster. not that much, just a little bit.
    i dont know if its enough to call it a "major release"...
    but im still happy :)


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