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July 2008

Firefox 3.1a1/Shiretoko Released

When I had last checked the Mozilla Releases Calendar earlier yesterday, it had showed Firefox 3.1a1 (Shiretoko) wouldn’t be released until ‘Early August’. Well, Mozilla has turn around and already release the first developer’s milestone, Alpha 1. One of the ‘new’ features in Firefox 3.1 is the new tab switching interface (similar to the Control Tab add-on). I am also been reading, it is going to be much easier to remove bookmarks, history and/or tags from the Smart Location Bar (AwesomeBar) results. Firefox 3.1 is based on the Gecko 1.9.1 rendering engine. Firefox 3.1a1 New Features: Web standards improvements in…

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Review: oldbar

The new and improved Smart Location Bar aka AwesomeBar displays the results a little differently than in Firefox 2. In Firefox 3 each result is displayed on two lines. The favicon followed by the page title in a larger font on the top line, followed by the URL in green below. In Firefox 2 the results were displayed on one line with the page URL followed by the page title. Click the samples below for full-size images: Firefox 3 Default: Smart Location Bar displays results on two lines: Favicon, Page Title; URL in green Firefox 3 with oldbar: Smart Location…

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Tweak: Fx 3 Address Bar

One of the biggest changes to Firefox 3 is the Smart Location Bar commonly called the AwesomeBar. You are either going to like it or hate it as it is a major change as to how the address bar behaves in comparison to Firefox 2. I am not going to get into all the technical details as to how the Smart Location Bar works other than to say it displays the results based not only on addresses you have type previously (Firefox 2 behavior) but as well as browser history and bookmarks. For more detailed information on the technical workings…

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Release Recap: July Week 4

Firefox 2.0.0.17 – No Info Firefox 3.0.2 – No Info Firefox 3.1a1 – Planned Alpha 1 Release was this Friday, July 25. Now showing as end of July. Beta 1 as early as August with final release by year end Thunderbird 2.0.0.16 – Released July 23rd Thunderbird 3.0a2 – Code freeze occured on July 8th. Handed off to builds on July 16th. No other scheduling information available at this time

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Thunderbird 2.0.0.16 Released

It has been nearly 3-months (May 1st) since there has been an update for Thunderbird 2. Today, Thunderbird 2.0.0.16 was released. Users will be prompted for an automatic update within the next 72 hours.Those wishing to upgrade now can do so via the Help Menu, Check For Updates option or by downloading the latest release at getthunderbird.com. Thunderbird 2.0.0.16 contains many security fixes and the full details can be found in the Thunderbird 2.0.0.16 Release Notes.

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Thunderbird 2.0.0.16 Released

It has been nearly 3-months (May 1st) since there has been an update for Thunderbird 2. Today, Thunderbird 2.0.0.16 was released. Users will be prompted for an automatic update within the next 72 hours.Those wishing to upgrade now can do so via the Help Menu, Check For Updates option or by downloading the latest release at getthunderbird.com. Thunderbird 2.0.0.16 contains many security fixes and the full details can be found in the Thunderbird 2.0.0.16 Release Notes.

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Weekly Update: 2008-07-21

FIREFOX/GECKO Fx 2.0.0.16 – Status: Released Current Schedule Code freeze: July 1 Builds start: July 2 QA starts: July 3 Release to beta channel: July 8 Final Release: July 15 Fx 2.0.0.17 – Status: In Triage Current Schedule Code freeze: TBA Builds start: TBA QA starts: TBA Release to beta channel: TBA Final Release: TBA Fx 3.0.1 – Status: Released Current Schedule Code freeze: June 30th Bake time: July 1st Builds start: July 2nd QA starts: July 3rd Release to beta channel: July 8th Final Release: July 16 Fx 3.0.2 – Status: In Triage Current Schedule Code freeze: TBA Bake…

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Release Recap: July Week 3

Firefox 2.0.0.16 – Release on July 15th Firefox 3.0.1 – Released on July 16th Firefox 3.1a1 – Planned Alpha 1 Release this coming Friday, July 25. Beta 1 as early as August with final release by year end Thunderbird 2.0.0.16 – Version bump to keep in line with newest Firefox 2.0.0.X upcoming release. Contingent on the release of Firefox 2.0.0.16. Sent to beta channel on July 16th. Projected release date somewhere around July 22nd, 23rd or 24th Thunderbird 3.0a2 – Code freeze occured on July 8th. Handed off to builds on July 16th. No other scheduling information available at this…

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Review: Control Tab

One of the features I like with Windows Vista (yes there are some things I like with Vista) is the improved ALT+TAB interface. With Windows Vista not only can you still switch between windows with ALT+TAB but it shows you a preview of the Window. Now, Firefox does have a tab switcher option by default with CTRL+Tab. But all this does is switch between tabs by bringing the next (or previous if you do CTRL+SHIFT+Tab) into focus. There is no preview interface like I grown so accustom to in Windows Vista. That is until the Control Tab extension: This add-on…

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