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Firefox Release Recap 2010

Posted: Friday, December 31, 2010 by El Guru in Firefox, Fx 3.0, Fx 3.5, Fx 3.6, Fx 3.7, Mozilla News, Year In Review

Happy New Year’s Eve! It is that time again, time for our annual look back at the Firefox releases of this year. In 2010 we saw with retirement of the Firefox 3.0 branch which had been active since the first Alpha release back in December 2006. Development continued on the Firefox 3.5 branch which Mozilla still warns ‘will be maintained with security and stability updates until August 2010’ even though there has been several releases since and more planned in 2011. In early 2010, the final release candidates along with the opening release of Firefox 3.6 in January. Finally, the first Alpha release of Firefox 3.7 came out in February. In July with the first Beta release the branch was renumbered to Firefox 4.0. Below is a month-to-month recap of the 2010 Firefox releases.

Release milestones are color coded as follows:

  • First Developmental Release on this branch
  • First Official Release on this branch
  • Final Release on this branch

January 2010

  • January 5th: 3.0.17
  • January 8th: 3.5.7
  • January 8th: 3.6RC1
  • January 17th: 3.6RC2
  • January 21st: 3.6

February 2010

  • February 10th: 3.7a1
  • February 17th: 3.0.18
  • February 17th: 3.5.7

March 2010

  • March 2nd: 3.7a2
  • March 17th: 3.7a3
  • March 23rd: 3.6.2
  • March 30th: 3.0.9
  • March 30th: 3.5.9

April 2010

  • April 1st: 3.6.3
  • April 12th: 3.7.a4

May 2010

  • No Release in May 2010

June 2010

  • June 14th: 3.7a5
  • June 22nd: 3.5.10
  • June 22nd: 3.6.4
  • June 26th: 3.6.6

July 2010

  • July 7th: 4.0b1*
  • July 20th: 3.5.11
  • July 20th: 3.6.7
  • July 23rd: 3.6.8
  • July 27th: 4.0b2

August 2010

  • August 12th: 4.0b3
  • August 24th: 4.0b4

September 2010

  • September 7th: 3.5.12
  • September 7th: 3.6.9
  • September 7th: 4.0b5
  • September 14th: 4.0b6
  • September 16th: 3.5.13
  • September 16th: 3.6.10

October 2010

  • October 19th: 3.5.14
  • October 19th: 3.6.11
  • October 27th: 3.5.15
  • October 27th: 3.6.12

November 2010

  • November 10th: 4.0b7

December 2010

  • December 9th: 3.5.16
  • December 9th: 3.6.12
  • December 21st: 4.0b8

* Branch numbering changed from 3.7 to 4.0 with the release of Beta 1.

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Photobucket Uploader Extension

Posted: Friday, December 17, 2010 by El Guru in Add-ons, Blogs, Firefox, Fx 3.0, Fx 3.5, Fx 3.6, Fx 4.0

It has been a long while since we’ve done an extension review. I came across the Photobucket Uploader Extension a week or two ago while I was in my Photobucket account. I use Photobucket for both management and storage of images I use on the three blogs (FF Extension Guru, Email Mafia and El Guru’s) and their associated websites. I just find it easier to work with images this way, especially when incorporating them into the WordPress environments (WordPress.com & WordPress.org/self-hosted).

This extension is a major time saver. Once installed and link to your Photobucket account, simply right-click on any image (except CSS coded background images) within Firefox and select Upload to Photobucket from the context menu. That is it, the image will be uploaded to your default album and you can even get your links as soon as the upload is completed. No more having to right-click on the image copy the URL, go into Photobucket, then upload via the pasted image URL.

But wait, there’s more! Say you have an image saved on your computer and you want to upload it into Photobucket. Normally, you would need to go Photobucket, select to upload from your computer and then spend a couple minutes trying to get to where the image is saved. I run into this issue a lot, being that I can have the image saved in one of many locations depending on if the image is going to be used for a blog or website. In the case of earlier tonight I had a couple photos I had taken and had cropped earlier that I wanted to upload for use on the El Guru’s Blog. I had the folder which the photos were saved within opened in Windows Explorer. I simply opened a new Firefox tab and then dragged the image into Firefox. Once it was in Firefox, it was a simple right-click and the image was in my Photobucket Album and I had the link I needed to post the image.

The Photobucket Uploader Extension is not endorsed or sponsored by Photobucket. The extension works with Firefox 3.0 up through 3.6 (do not know if it can be forced to work on Firefox 4).

Firefox Relesae Recap: October 2010 Week 4

Posted: Saturday, October 30, 2010 by El Guru in Firefox, Fx 3.0, Fx 3.5, Fx 3.6, Fx 3.7, Mozilla News

Just Released

  • Firefox 3.5.15 – October 27, 2010
  • Firefox 3.6.12 – October 27, 2010

Schedule this Coming Week

  • Firefox 3.5.16 – Early December
  • Firefox 3.6.13 – Early December

Future Release

  • Firefox 4.0b72nd Half of September behind schedule
  • Firefox 4.0rc12nd Half of October behind schedule
  • Firefox 4.0TBA

Firefox 3.5.12 Released

Posted: Wednesday, September 8, 2010 by El Guru in Firefox, Fx 3.0, Fx 3.5, Mozilla News, Releases

Firefox 3.5.12 was released on September 7th. See complete Release Notes for full details.

Auto-updates should be occurring in the next 24-48 hours, otherwise users may get the latest update by going to Help menu and selecting Check For Updates. If you’re still using Firefox 3.0.x, this version is no longer supported and may contain security vulnerabilities. Please upgrade to Firefox 3.5 by downloading Firefox 3.5.12 from here

It also appears there is going to be one more update after all. Firefox 3.5.13 is due out in mid October 2010.

Firefox Release Recap: September 2010 Week 1

Posted: Saturday, September 4, 2010 by El Guru in Firefox, Fx 3.0, Fx 3.5, Fx 3.6, Fx 3.7, Fx 4.0, Mozilla News


Just Released

  • None

Schedule this Coming Week

  • Firefox 3.5.12 – September 7, 2010
  • Firefox 3.6.9 – September 7, 2010
  • Firefox 4.0b5 – September 7, 2010

Future Release

  • Firefox 4.0rc1 – Mid/Late October 2010 Tentative
  • Firefox 4.0 – November 2010

There are times depending on what is running in the background and other Internet activity that Firefox (or Thunderbird) may get bogged down and a JavaScript may take a little longer than normal to complete. Users will get a warning similar to the one below advising that the script is unresponsive.  The reason for this is because the application thinks the script is running wild and never going to finish processing thus causing the application to freeze and/or crash. This is very similar to Windows Task Manager warning you that an application is not responding, but the application is just a bit bogged down (which commonly happens with JavaScript) and needs more time to finish what it is doing.

The ‘fix’ for this is fairly simple, just increase the amount of time before a script is considered ‘unresponsive’. This can be done in both Firefox and Thunderbird via about:config (Firefox) and the Config Editor… (Thunderbird):

Firefox

  1. In a new tab type about:config in the address bar and press enter
  2. In the about:config manager type dom.max_script_run_time in the Filter field
  3. Double click the entry and in the in the pop-up box type 20 and press enter
  4. Close the tab

Thunderbird

  1. Go to Tools >> Options…
  2. Click on the Advanced tab on top
  3. At the bottom of the window is a section Advanced Configuration
  4. Click on the Config Editor… button at the lower right
  5. In the Config Editor… type dom.max_script_run_time in the Filter field
  6. Double click the entry and in the in the pop-up box type 20 and press enter
  7. Close the window

Source: Itchy Hands

Recently a forum member over at Go Firefox! was getting the below error whenever they tried to install a GreaseMonkey Script. They recently reinstalled Firefox with a fresh profile. They could install GreaseMonkey without issue but any time they tried to load up a script they got this ugly error:

Now, I know I had seen that error before but still took some searching to find the solution. Turns out this is caused by either a missing or damaged GreaseMonkey folder inside the profile folder. The fix is fairly simple and should only take a couple minutes:

  1. Locate Firefox Profile Folder.
  2. Check to see if there is sub folder called gm_scripts chances are it won’t be there. If it is missing go ahead and create it. In Windows Explorer go to File >> New >> Folder.  This will create a folder called New Folder, rename this to gm_scripts. Continue to next step
  3. Check this folder to see if there is a config.xml file. If not, in Windows Explorer go to File >> New >> Text Document. This will create a 0 KB text file called New Text Document.txt , rename this to config.xml

Note: If you have not previously installed any GreaseMonkey scripts and the gm_scripts folder is present with files and folders inside of it, delete the contents inside the gm_scripts folder and then recreate the config.xml file as described in step 3.