Mozilla’s decision to strip the version number from Firefox’s “About” dialog box has been greeted by a nearly unanimous thumbs down, according to a lengthy, and at times heated, debate on a company discussion list.
The pushback was the second in as many months against Mozilla, which found itself the center of a late June controversy over its apparent lack of interest in enterprise customers. Asa Dotzler, a director of Firefox, explained why Mozilla was dumping the version number in a thread in the mozilla.dev.usability discussion group.
Firefox 7, set to ship in late September, will be quite a bit faster because of recent efforts to plug the browser’s memory leaks. Mozilla developer Nicholas Nethercote credited the “MemShrink” project for closing memory bugs in the browser and producing a faster Firefox. MemShrink was announced approximately two months ago.
Firefox 7 uses less memory than Firefox 6 (and 5 and 4): often 20% to 30% less, and sometimes as much as 50% less. This means that Firefox 7 is faster (sometimes drastically so) and less likely to crash, particularly if you have many websites open at once and/or keep Firefox running for a long time between restarts. - Nicholas Nethercote, programmer at Mozilla
Preparing for the next generation web browsers, Mozilla has published a few mockups that may resemble the upcoming Firefox (likely 7 or 8) user interface direction.
Some of the key changes include the removal of obsolete search bar, a new menu which is now icon based as well as an integration of a permanent Home tab.
The latest version of RockMelt is out and it includes a number of improvements to performance and stability. The newest Chromium enhancements have been added as well as over 130 issues have been fixed, allowing for what the company promises to be a better browsing experience. No new features have been added otherwise, so it’s a particular minor update.
Mac OS X 10.7 Lion also got some love, with RockMelt now running a lot more smoothly on the newly released operating system. The RockMelt experience on Lion is said to become even better in the near future, however. What this promise entails is better support for full screen mode, gesture based navigation, and hiding scrollbars until sites are scrolled.
RockMelt can be downloaded from here.
According to Christopher Blizzard, Mozilla’s Web platform director, via a blog post, Mozilla has renewed its efforts to bring multiprocess browsing to Firefox. The post stresses the key advantages that process isolation will transfer to Firefox and tackles some of the requirements for Mozilla’s implementation.
Although multiprocess browsing became a higher priority for Mozilla after the release of Firefox 4, it is still not clear when the feature might land. Current and upcoming versions of Firefox do not yet have the feature, so chances that the it might hit the public by the end of this year are slim.
Good news for all the 64 bit software fans.
According to Armen Zambrano, the Release Engineer at Mozilla Corporation, with the introduction of a small set of Windows 2008 64-bit machines, Mozilla started cooking Firefox x86-64 nightly builds and has been doing so for more than a week now.
Furthermore, Asa Dotzler, Product Manager for the Firefox desktop browser, is now collecting feedback and expectations about the future 64 bit builds. In case you are interested in expressing your opinion as well, feel free to visit the following post.
The future looks pretty exciting and we can’t wait to see which of the web browser vendors is next.
Good news, the future Google Chrome release will receive a feature that some people wanted for ages: multi-profiles.
According to the Revision 91573 post at chromium.org (which was spotted by one of our readers, Shane Bundy), when creating a new profile, not only will the user be able to name it (obviously) but also assign a different icon for every single one of them.
If you are curious enough to try this feature now, it already available in the latest version of Chromium.
Facebook unveiled its new video calling feature this week right after Google+ came out and boasted with Hangouts (video chats with up to ten people). Unfortunately, Opera is not supported by Facebook for this feature at present. An Opera employee had the following to say about the matter:
The reason for Facebook’s block seems to be a problem with our version of Opera on OS X. Facebook’s plug-in installs itself as FacebookVideoCalling.webplugin on Mac, but our browser only recognises plug-ins with a .plugin extension. This causes their plug-in detection scripts to think the installation failed, triggering a renewed installation process. Our fearless engineers are working to fix this issue in Opera code as soon as possible, and we’re also in talks with Facebook to find a quick resolution to the problem. - Patrick H. Lauke, Web Evangelist in the Developer Relations Team at Opera