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    Firefox new version (1.0.5)

    Firefox 1.0.5 has been released. It is a security update with a few bug fixes.

    International versions will be available from Firefox international download page, at time of posting only the en-US version has been released but other versions should follow shortly.

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    Re: Firefox new version (1.0.5)

    Thanks, Tony!

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    PS Could you cast your eye on <post#=498802>post 498802</post#>, pls? Thanks!
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    Now for version 1.0.6

    Shortly after the en-US version of Firefox 1.0.5 was released it came to light that a change was made to the API (application program interface) that caused a few extensions to stop working. As a result of this the Mozilla Foundation have not released any localized versions of Firefox 1.0.5, instead new builds will be released quite soon to rectify the problem. Firefox 1.0.6 may be released as early as Monday.

    This issue has also impacted upon Thunderbird so expect version 1.0.6 as well in the near future. The release of Mozilla Application Suite 1.7.9 also appears to have been delayed by this.

    It looks like the Mozilla Foundation has shot themselves in the foot. <img src=/S/shootfoot.gif border=0 alt=shootfoot width=28 height=29>

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    Re: Now for version 1.0.6

    >It looks like the Mozilla Foundation has shot themselves in the foot. shootfoot

    <img src=/S/2cents.gif border=0 alt=2cents width=15 height=15>I disagree. A fully functioning, secure, basic browser - without "...a few extensions..." - seems to be a small price to pay.
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    Re: Now for version 1.0.6

    I suspect Tony means that it is unwise* to modify an API without making very sure that other programmers are well aware of the changes...

    John

    * I am being very restrained here...
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    Re: Now for version 1.0.6

    Well... it's one thing to announce a change to an API, for example, when MS decreed with IE version 5.5 that, henceforth, "Netscape-style plug-ins" would not longer be supported (to drive adoption of ActiveX), and quite another to break things without warning. I don't think it's anything specific to open source development -- unexpected consequenes are corporate IT is reluctant to apply Windows OS patches and other critical updates to important servers without allowing time for testing (and waiting for screaming in the media, of course). Perhaps the Mozilla Foundation needs to make an effort to broaden the base of testers for new releases so that these issues can be spotted earlier.

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    Re: Now for version 1.0.6

    What you say is more than cogent. I still commend the initiaitve to get the fix out to the user base as fast as possible.

    Firefox does not supply numbers, but the vast majority of users must still be USA based - thus unaffected by the localisations. My own suspicion is that the "emergency bug fixing" routine has not yet been brought into line with the "new" Firefox public image. IF this happens again, then I will not be so supportive.

    After all, it was not so long ago that nearly all extensions were broken by each new Mozilla/Phoenix/Firebird/Firefox release.
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    Re: Now for version 1.0.6

    One of the main reasons I like Firefox is due to the Mozilla Foundations commitment to security and the speed with which they fix security problems once they are aware of them. The balance between testing the product and releasing the security update is a hard one and on the whole I think they do a good job of it. When a problem does arise it is good to know that they do not hesitate in taking action to rectify it.

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