Mozilla says there are still 12 million Internet users rocking Firefox 3.5, and as far as Mozilla is concerned, that's 12 million too many. As such, the open source browser maker is planning a funeral for Firefox 3.5 and has come up with a plan to get stragglers to step up to a newer version, preferably the latest build.
Mozilla released Firefox 3.5 back in June, leaving it with ample time to finish the year on a high that has no precedent in Mozilla's history. It has become the single most popular browser (version) in the world, according to StatCounter. It completed its conquest of the globe last week when it edged past IE 7.
Its share of the browser market stood at 21.93 percent, a shade ahead of IE 7's 21.2 percent. But the various versions of Internet Explorer are still a force to reckon with and together command more than half of the global browser market, with Mozilla's Firefox coming in second with around 32 percent.
IE8 has managed to stave off Firefox 3.5 in North America. The former leads in the region with around 25 percent market share. Most of Firefox's growth seems to be coming from Europe and Asia.
Firefox may be your default browser, but that doesn’t mean you really use it to its full potential. Mozilla’s browser is a big threat to Microsoft not because it’s fast and full of unique features, but because it’s also extremely customizable. Add-ons, style scripts, and hidden preferences let you personalize your Firefox experience to meet your tastes and needs. Sure, you may know about hidden easter eggs like the about:robots page, but we’re going show you the 20 most essential tips, tricks, and tweaks to this super browser.
Mozilla isn't putting a gun to anyone's head and forcing them to upgrade to Firefox 3.5 (such a tactic wouldn't be feasible - we ran the numbers), but don't put it past the open-source browser maker to try and nag Firefox 3.0 users to death.
We suppose if you've gone this long without upgrading, you probably have your reasons why, or maybe you're just an overweight, forgetful gamer living in Seattle (it wasn't us that said it). Whatever the reason, Mozilla plans to send out messages to Firefox 3.0.13 users urging them to upgrade to Firefox 3.5 because it's "twice as fast."
Staunch holdouts who refuse to see what all the fuss is about are welcome to ignore the upgrade offer, but will again be reminded in 24 hours. Or select the option to never upgrade, but according to news and rumor site The Register, doing so will only remove the upgrade prompt for "several weeks or months," not permanently.
If the reminders don't bother you, the lack of security updates and patches might. Firefox 3.0 users have until January 2010 to upgrade before Mozilla cuts off support.
If you're a Firefox user, you may want to check which version you're running. That's because Dana Blankenhorn over at ZDNet has apparently discovered that Firefox 3.5 kills support for Microsoft .Net Framework Assistant 1.0, and while that may put a smile on some open-source fans' faces who despise everything Microsoft, it's a different story for programmers who require .Net support.
As long as you're running the most recent version of Firefox, this looks to be a moot issue. Released earlier this month, Firefox 3.5.2 appears to play nice with .Net, with our add-ons manager showing Microsoft .Net Framework Assistant 1.1 installed. We're also given the option to uninstall it, which hasn't always been the case with previous versions.
Throughout the five years, Mozilla has dramatically improved the Internet browsing experience by producing stable, open-source applications that bring simplicity to our virtual lives. The latest version of Firefox is a prime example of how Mozilla integrates practical features into its products, like the inclusion of private browsing, tear away tabs and location awareness, while still maintaining a strong user base and delivering a stable browser.
However, the buck doesn’t stop there: Mozilla Labs has conjured up several new open source Firefox add-ons that aim to further enhance your web experience and promote better, more efficient browsing. Long time Firefox users are already familiar with the browser’s ability to become fully customizable with the inclusion of add-ons, so the concoctions coming out of Mozilla Labs should be no surprise. Read on to discover some of the latest releases from our favorite open sorcerers, but be aware that most Mozilla Labs projects are still in a prototype stage, so install at your own risk.
Less than a month after release, Firefox 3.5 receives an incremental update bringing the most current stable version to 3.5.1. As might be expected, the 3.5.1 update addresses several security and stability issues, as well as an issue that was making Firefox take a long time to load on some Windows systems, Mozilla says.
"We strongly recommend that all Firefox 3.5 users upgrade to this release," Mozilla said in a statement. "If you already have Firefox 3.5, you will receive an automated update notification within 24 to 48 hours. This update can also be applied manually by selecting 'Check for Updates...' from the Help menu."
On a related note, Mozilla said it is no longer supporting supporting Firefox 2.0.0.x, which "contains known security vulnerabilities." So in other words, pretty much every Firefox user should go grab the latest update.
Enter about:config in the browser's location bar
Type jit in the Filter box
If you'd rather not mess around with about:config settings, you can still disable JIT by running Firefox in Safe Mode, which is accessible from the Mozilla Firefox folder.
"We will try to narry down any important bugs that were missed, or were regressions from Firefox 3.5, and get them into a point update quickly," reads a post on quality.mozilla.org.
Some 55 known bugs exist in the latest release, some of which will be addressed in Firefox 3.5.1 expected to be released by the end of the month.