Bugs now a pandemic in Firefox 3.5By Partho, Gaea News Network
Friday, July 3, 2009
According to the sources, Mozilla Firefox 3.5.1 is anticipated to be released sometime between mid to late July. It is likely to fix at least three of the 55 bugs in the new web browser. This probably leads to a hypothesis that Mozilla would be introducing a major update in Firefox 3.5.2.
Major Bug issue
The new Firefox 3.5 is prone to serious bug issues, as is evident from a comment by Jeremy on hothardware.com that reads
It’s seriously bugged is what it is
He adds that the Firefox load time went from a heartbeat or two to 50-60 seconds. The slow down issue would affect numerous other Firefox users.
Private Browsing Complains
Private browsing is one of the major security changes in the latest Firefox 3.5. In private browsing mode Firefox doesn’t keep any browser history, search history, download history, web form history, cookies, or temporary internet files. Only the files you download and bookmarks are saved. This mode is already present in all major browsers - Internet Explorer 8 InPrivate mode, Chrome 2 Incognito, and Safari 4’s Private Browsing. The test shows that private browsing in Firefox is not as convenient as with other browsers.
You can invoke private browsing either from the Tool menu or with Ctrl+Shift+P. In the private browsing mode Firefox 3.5 shuts down your open non-private browsing session and saves the session until you exit private browsing mode. Other browsers allow you to continue with both private and non-private sessions simultaneously. Moreover, they don’t shut down your existing sessions when you invoke private browsing mode.
Firefox displays private browsing in the title bar. However, when you quit the in private mode the non-private sessions are not restored automatically. You have to reload the Firefox.
In Internet Explorer 8, InPrivate mode is isolates the private from non-private sessions. Chrome in Incognito mode uses processes to isolate browser sessions for security. Safari’s private browsing mode
The critical question that arises is that with over 55 bugs why didn’t Mozilla wait to release the Firefox 3.5. Already, Mozilla had to delay the release of Firefox 3.5 RC a number of times due to the lingering bugs that needed a fix. Now that more than 8 million copies of Firefox 3.5 have been downloaded since the release of the updated browser On June 30. Of course, it’s not expected to be a flawless browser after the first pass, but releasing an update with 55 bugs is an unlikely move from the browser major. It would have been a better move to work out on the kinks and make the first major update 3.5 as the next update.
For what we could make out, it’s probably the public scrutiny coming down hard on Mozilla Firefox 3.5 that compelled the browser maker to rush the latest browser in public.
Mozilla has scheduled a Firefox BugDay for its community to address the major 3.5 bugs starting from July 7. In it’s community quality assurance Web site, Mozilla provided a call to action that reads
We will try to narrow down any important bugs that were missed, or were regressions from Firefox 3.5, and get them into a point update quickly
Bugs apart, Firefox 3.5 features great improvements over the earlier versions. The new browser is speeding up to catch up with leaders Chrome 2.0 and Safari 4. It adds HTML 5 for richer video experience and location aware browsing. It remains to see whether Mozilla is able to increase its share in the browser market.
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