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Mozilla takes Firefox version numbers to the next level… by removing them


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#1 Allan

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Posted 15 August 2011 - 04:13 PM

A great collective gasp issued from tuned-in Firefox fans when Mozilla announced that it was switching to a Chrome-like release schedule for its browser. The goal was to make Firefox more adaptable and to keep pace — though not with Chrome specifically, but rather with the rapidly-evolving web.

One side effect of a rapid release schedule is skyrocketing version numbers, something both Google and Mozilla want users to ignore. But that’s a tricky proposition when users have been raised on slowly-climbing digits trailing the names of their favorite apps. Rather than cling to traditional versioning ideas, companies are now pushing channels — constantly updated snapshots of the different development stages of a program. Both Chrome and Firefox now offer stable, beta, and bleeding-edge versions to suit a user’s wants.

Full story here: http://www.extremetech.com/internet/92792-mozilla-takes-firefox-version-number-removal-a-step-further



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Posted 15 August 2011 - 04:51 PM

IMHO, Firefox is shooting themselves in the foot. With new versions being pushed so quickly, there really will never be a new 'stable' version. I'm staying with 3.6.18 until they get things under control.

If that doesn't happen and 3.6.18 becomes unusable, I will probably have to look elsewhere for a browser. I don't think I'm alone.
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Posted 15 August 2011 - 05:33 PM

Why dont they just go to Ubuntu's method of versioning.

They can say 11.08 for the release of Firefox 6 for August 2011. They should also name the release too.

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Posted 15 August 2011 - 06:08 PM

IMHO, Firefox is shooting themselves in the foot. With new versions being pushed so quickly, there really will never be a new 'stable' version. I'm staying with 3.6.18 until they get things under control.

If that doesn't happen and 3.6.18 becomes unusable, I will probably have to look elsewhere for a browser. I don't think I'm alone.


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Then again Firefox ceased to be my primary browser long ago when every update killed most of your addon's and plug-ins till they got rewritten.

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Posted 15 August 2011 - 06:58 PM

From http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/08/15/better-browser-firefox-6-is-out/?test=faces

"...Firefox uses a schedule-driven process, where releases take place at regular intervals. That means each release happens regardless of whether a given feature is ready, and releases are not delayed to wait for a feature to stabilize.

...Mozilla is well underway planning which features will make it into Firefox 8 as well.... Firefox 8 development included over 430 changes resolving 235 bugs."

So 6 is just out and they already know how many bugs there are going to be in 7 that get fixed in 8? I think they are purposely trying to kill it.
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Posted 15 August 2011 - 07:41 PM

And this is why I use chrome..
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Posted 16 August 2011 - 11:16 AM

I wonder at what point someone will start porting Icecat over for Windows and Mac users.
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Posted 16 August 2011 - 03:19 PM

Okay, this is getting ridiculous...

http://www.zdnet.com/blog/hardware/mozilla-wants-to-hide-firefox-version-numbers-from-users/14273

Now I have to open about:config just to know the frickin' version number?! Are you kidding?
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Posted 16 August 2011 - 03:22 PM

Just go to Help and then About Firefox.

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Posted 16 August 2011 - 04:36 PM

Yeah, I noticed that, but my understanding is that the version number will go away at some point.

Edited by keyboardNinja, 16 August 2011 - 04:37 PM.

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Posted 16 August 2011 - 05:05 PM

They killed my bragging rights for the version number :P

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Posted 16 August 2011 - 05:14 PM

lol
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Posted 17 August 2011 - 01:44 AM

IMHO, Firefox is shooting themselves in the foot.

Yea they are!

Stupid to remove the version numbas!!

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Posted 19 August 2011 - 07:10 AM

I am also staying at 3.6.18, they are killing Mozilla, Chrome is going to take everything :s

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Posted 19 August 2011 - 07:15 AM

I wonder how long it will be before there's a fork.
It's still open source after all.
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