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Firefox 4 Beta 4 Out!


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Posted 29 August 2010 - 04:25 PM

Firefox 4 Beta 4 is out. I found an interesting bug in the release notes: and I quote:

Mac OS X::This version of the beta will not work on Macintosh hardware with Power PC CPUs (see bug 587799)


It's funny because it actually works but it does have some issues with browsing but it still works. I'm guessing it is just a bug that they have yet to fix. Oh well I guess it is still a beta that still needs a lot of work but it is looking good.

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After an initial round of in-house testing, software publishers often release new programs to be tested by the public. These pre-release versions are called beta software, usually denoted by a "b" in the version number, e.g., Netscape Navigator 2.0b5. Since the publisher couldn't possibly test the software under all possible conditions, it is reasonable to expect that wider use of the software may uncover problems that were not discovered during in-house testing. The publisher expects to be notified when users find such problems so that the program can be fixed before its official release.

In general, you should expect to run into bugs whenever using any piece of beta software. These bugs may range in severity from minor features that don't work to problems that cause your computer to crash. You should decide whether the benefit of new features in a beta program outweighs the risk of program instability before choosing to use a piece of beta software. You should also be aware that UITS will not have thoroughly tested beta software, nor will the software be guaranteed by its maker, so you should not expect the same level of support as you would receive for an official release version of the program.

The goal of a beta program is to collect information regarding the performance, quality, stability, and functionality of new products in order to iron out the bugs before they are released to the general public. If you choose to use a beta program, you use it at your own risk.
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Posted 29 August 2010 - 05:16 PM

Couple of nice features added: http://www.techspot.com/news/40060-firefox...r-download.html

The latest pre-release version brings several new features, including a new tab organization tool dubbed "Panorama" (previously known as Tab Candy), which allows you to group and quickly switch between different sets of open tabs that share a similar purpose. The feature can be accessed through an icon on your Firefox toolbar or with the keyboard shortcut Ctrl-Space, and will come in handy for those of us who frequently have dozens of tabs open at the same time.

Additionally, Firefox 4 beta 4 brings support for the HTML5 video buffered property and hardware acceleration in Windows 7.


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Posted 29 August 2010 - 05:53 PM

Beta 5 should be out this week.

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Posted 29 August 2010 - 06:02 PM

The final release is expected October/November

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Posted 30 August 2010 - 08:37 AM

Just took a servey for the add on market place. I think mozilla thinks that users will pay if add on developers start charging for their add ons. would you?
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Posted 30 August 2010 - 10:21 AM

Beta 5 is already available as nightly.

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Posted 18 September 2010 - 03:29 AM

and beta 6 out and still no os x support...

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Posted 18 September 2010 - 06:00 AM

I took that same survey, and was thinking there was a subtext somewhere in the back of the minds of the Firefox folks that more or perhaps better add-ons might be encouraged if there was some fee involved. I was uncomfortable with that feeling, especially when it came from an OPEN SOURCE group.
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Posted 18 September 2010 - 07:19 AM

and beta 6 out and still no os x support...


There is support for os x just not for PowerPC hardware. And yeah I had that uncomfortable felling as well I dont think an open source developer should be charging for add ons.
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Posted 18 September 2010 - 10:17 PM

and beta 6 out and still no os x support...


There is support for os x just not for PowerPC hardware. And yeah I had that uncomfortable felling as well I dont think an open source developer should be charging for add ons.


thanks for pointing that out i'm usng a powerpc.

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Posted 19 September 2010 - 10:09 AM

Well there has been talk of a workaround but it requires programing knowledge to work but there is a patch floating around the channels so I am waiting to see where that goes. It might not be dead just yet. :thumbsup:
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