Firefox 9 released, touts 20-30% more JavaScript performance

By Matthew · 21 replies
Dec 20, 2011
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  1. The latest stable build of Firefox -- version 9, for those not up to speed with Mozilla's rapid-fire release schedule -- is readily awaiting your download (Windows | Mac |…

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  2. dustin_ds3000

    dustin_ds3000 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 887   +19

    I really hate Mozilla's hasty development cycle, i wish them would go back to how it used to be with Firefox 3
  3. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,147   +915

    This is the story I've already read ;)

    I really do wish Firefox would go back to its old way, I want 4.5 not 9!
  4. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    Firefox kept crashing on me every two weeks when a new update came out, so I switched to Chrome. I don't really care about speed anymore, I've just resigned myself to using the browser which crashes the least. Bah humbug.
  5. I hate this rapid fire release as well. Some of my favorite add-ons just can't keep up. :(
  6. Regardless of version number. This one does seem to run a bit faster than the last version. Each release seems to be an improvement. Works for me...
  7. I don't understand how people care so much about the version numbers. I like the quicker updates, as for the version numbers, they're irrelevant to me. Be it Firefox 4.5 or Firefox 9, how does it really affect you? It doesn't.
  8. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,147   +915

    Actually I have to admit, it seems to be a fair bit more responsive? the first release since 5 for me were I have actually noticed a difference.
  9. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,147   +915

    well that's not true, first and foremost, because they are "critical" updates.
    This means add-ons have to update in order to work with newer versions.
    This is frustrating, And if you want just a security update you have to upgrade to a whole new "version".

    Just annoying really and totally pointless except for trying to catch up in the "higher numbers are better" race with Chrome.
  10. I think if Mozilla made it so these updates didn't break add-ons people wouldn't be so resistant to these fast updates....I know that's my main beef as I'm sure is many others.
  11. NTAPRO

    NTAPRO TS Evangelist Posts: 809   +102

    Well people should always be aware that they can go back to previous versions also. I'm still on 4.0. Was previously on 3.6 until I started having problems accessing my email.
  12. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

  13. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,167   +986

    Guess I'm just lucky. Still on 3.6.13, no problems, no incompatibilities and no infections. I'll stay here as long as there's issues with GPU acceleration too.

    But then I'm also a minimalist (run as little as possible), run as a Limited user, and also avoid all the problems with *Torrents and Porn. Avast! find whatever does get through.
  14. most crashes are due to third party add-on, yes you get more versatility but you pay for it in terms of stability...which makes sense.

    Firefox is still the king, and until it turns into a Netscape (shivers), I will use it !
  15. [sarcasm]Yes, because it's outrageously time consuming and complicated to edit the "install.rdf" file and change "maxVersion" from "8" to "9".[/sarcasm]

    From a user point of view this should be an advantage. It incites add-on creators to continue to develop their add-ons. It's worth noting 99% (made up statistic) of add-ons continue to work after a new Firefox version, all they need is the version number given to maxVersion bumped up. For those add-on creators who don't bother spending the four seconds needed to update their add-on. And for users who are too lazy to do it themselves, you can just install "Add-on Compatibility Reporter" to allow outdated add-ons to be used.
  16. Great for the end user, sucks for web developers!
  17. save all the hassle and what all with firefox and chrome download SeaMonkey and any problems you had are fixed best browsers out there besides Maxthon3
  18. Web Developers shouldn't feel any pain. There are only two versions of Firefox currently supported by Mozilla. 3.6.25 and 9.0. Anything else is immediately unsupported and should not be catered to. Unlike Internet Explorer where Microsoft will actually support 3 versions (IE7/8/9). Just worry about the latest greatest. If the site was designed well, nothing should automagically stop working.
  19. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,073   +219

    I don't like how they keep moving around buttons that I used to be able to find with my eyes closed. Then there's the refresh button, it used to be big and green, now its a tiny grey thingy. Also the tools\options layout. Sure it stimulates my mind by making me learn new things, but the old familiarity is the only thing keeping me from trying out a new browser like google chrome. Next time they move everything around I'm trying a new browser.
  20. I run Firefox at work and Icweasel (rebranded Firefox) on Linux at home and have never had any of these problems. Obviously I'm a "super elite user", because my add ons work, it never crashes, etc. The whining and complaining about the release cycle is the product of Chrome fanboyism, propaganda and ****** who pay far too much attention to the "technology press" and then run about the www parrotting the bullshit they've been soaking up.

  21. example1013

    example1013 TS Enthusiast Posts: 265

    Rapid-release is stupid until they put in automatic updating. As an IT guy who has to manage installations on about 40-50 computers, going around and manually installing it every ****ing month is really a pain.
  22. They do have automatic updating...

    Some IT depts have to manage a lot more than 50 workstations... The solution does not involve running about with a USB flash drive. Setting up your own local mirror for updates is the better option... firefox allows you to override where it pulls updates from in about:config, so it's simply a case of you setting up a mirror and updating it when a new release is made. Your workstations will then connect to the mirror and pull updates from there - saves bandwidth as well time and effort...

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