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Mozilla Firefox 1.5.0.9 and Mozilla Thunderbird 1.5.0.9 Released

Sunday December 24th, 2006

Security and Stability updates for Mozilla products based on the Gecko 1.8.0 branch have been released.

Firefox 1.5.0.x will be maintained with security and stability updates until April 24, 2007. All users are strongly encouraged to upgrade to Firefox 2.

For more information, refer to the Mozilla Firefox 1.5.0.9 Release Notes and the Mozilla Thunderbird 1.5.0.9 release notes.


#1 Auto Update to 2.0.0.*?

by Valen314

Monday December 25th, 2006 1:41 AM

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> All users are strongly encouraged to upgrade to Firefox 2

Does the Auto Updater prompt the user to install 2.0.* now?

#3 Re: Title fields

by tsahi

Monday December 25th, 2006 6:00 AM

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it won't allow you to download 2.0 directly. you will have to download the installer manually. i read that it should prompt you about the new version, but i didn't see it myself.

#4 Re: Re: Title fields

by Valen314

Monday December 25th, 2006 10:03 AM

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Does anyone know the update strategy for 1.5.xx users?

will there be an update for 2.0.x or do i have to tell everyone who is running 1.5 to update to 2.0? When will this update be issued? now? when 1.5 is EOL (07/04/24)? some other date? never?

Is there some kind of official statement from Mozilla?

#5 Re: Re: Re: Title fields

by schapel

Monday December 25th, 2006 11:00 AM

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Asa says:

We're not going to automatically update every Firefox 1.5 user to 2. Automatic update is for security and stability releases and this is not a security and stability release.

We will use our update mechanism to alert 1.5 users of the new Firefox 2 browser and offer a download and install through our update system, but it will not be like our security and stability updates where you are essentially forced to upgrade because previous versions have known security flaws.

<http://weblogs.mozillazin…6/10/firefox_2_milli.html>

#6 Re: Re: Re: Re: Title fields

by Valen314

Tuesday December 26th, 2006 2:02 AM

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Thanks, but is the link on the web page after the update to 1.5.0.9 this notification or will firefox show a dialog box and download an incremental update to 2.0?

#7 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Title fields

by mlefevre

Tuesday December 26th, 2006 4:51 AM

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They posted on a webpage that they are planning to do the 1.5 -> 2.0 update some time in the new year, so the web page thing isn't it.

#2 Doesn't make sense

by BenoitRen

Monday December 25th, 2006 3:39 AM

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> All users are strongly encouraged to upgrade to Firefox 2.

That doesn't make sense in an article about 1.5.0.x updates.

#9 Re: Doesn't make sense

by neilparks1

Tuesday December 26th, 2006 6:03 AM

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It does, if you think about it. What they're saying is, 1.5.0.9 is what you need if you insist on sticking with 1.5x, but you would be better off by moving up to 2.x.

#10 Re: Re: Doesn't make sense

by BenoitRen

Wednesday December 27th, 2006 7:32 AM

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MoCo can't decide for you if 2.0 is better for you.

#11 Re: Re: Re: Doesn't make sense

by schapel

Wednesday December 27th, 2006 8:09 AM

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Of course they can't. That's why they encourage the upgrade rather than insist upon it.

#12 Re: Does make sense

by roseman

Wednesday December 27th, 2006 11:02 AM

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Actually, many of us will eventually migrate from 1.5.x to 2.0.x, but are NOT YET ready to experiment with the learning curve, and may not yet have all of our favorite extensions converted over yet.

Very few things more annoying than losing extensions when you upgrade, or not finding you favorite feature (even though it may be there, but access differently).

I will move in the next month or two probably; ...but am waiting for the dust to settle first, so to speak.

#8 2 releases behind!

by neilparks1

Tuesday December 26th, 2006 5:58 AM

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Now the Tbird link at the top is TWO releases behind the current one.

#13 Re: 2 releases behind!

by schapel

Sunday December 31st, 2006 2:21 PM

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They've now updated the links to the latest versions. Maybe they could remove the version numbers and link to the latest release pages such as <http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/> to avoid this problem in the future.

#14 Don't like the new tab interface

by mlippert <mlippert255@yahoo.com>

Tuesday January 2nd, 2007 6:18 AM

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I don't really want to upgrade 1.5 to 2.0 because I don't like the new tab interface as much.

For me, the close buttons on every tab waste valuable space, and I find that it is harder visually to tell which tab is on top.

#15 Re: Don't like the new tab interface

by neilparks1

Tuesday January 2nd, 2007 8:24 AM

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The extension Tab Browser Preferences makes it easy to change that.

#20 Re: Don't like the new tab interface

by mfg

Friday January 5th, 2007 5:02 AM

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You can change the value of browser.tabs.closeButtons in about:config to go back to the single close button at the right of the tab bar. The values are

0 - close button on the active tab only. 1 - close button on all tabs (default) 2 - no close buttons 3 - single close button at the right of the tab bar.

You'll probably want to set browser.urlbar.hideGoButton as well to get rid of the useless "go" button and add something like

.tabs-alltabs-button { display: none !important; }

to userChrome.css to get rid of the tab list button so you don't keep hitting it when trying to close tabs.

These changes fix most of the worst mistakes in the 2.0 tab interface and make it as usable as 1.x

#16 Firefox 2.0.0.1 - the deep freeze -

by jim_7

Wednesday January 3rd, 2007 7:48 AM

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Is anyone else having a freeze-up problem with 2.0.0.1? I've been using Mozilla since Firebird and this is the worst release I've seen for lock-ups. I'm back to IE based browsers for the nonce.

#19 Re: Firefox 2.0.0.1 - the deep freeze -

by BenoitRen

Thursday January 4th, 2007 7:00 AM

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No, you have not been using Mozilla. At that time, Mozilla was the suite.

#17 Firefox 2.0.0.1 - the deep freeze -

by jim_7

Wednesday January 3rd, 2007 11:39 AM

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Is anyone else having a freeze-up problem with 2.0.0.1? I've been using Mozilla since Firebird and this is the worst release I've seen for lock-ups. I'm back to IE based browsers for the nonce.

#18 Re: Firefox 2.0.0.1 - the deep freeze -

by baka_toroi <epremuz@propuh41.com.ar>

Wednesday January 3rd, 2007 6:57 PM

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Not a single one. Also been using Firefox for a long time (0.93, was it?) and never had an issue. This is not the exception in my case.

Have you tried running Fx in safe mode?

#21 I'm having SAME problem

by pavlograd

Tuesday January 29th, 2008 10:55 AM

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I have also been using Thunderbird and Firefox for 3 or 4 years now (it seems) and have never had a problem until the last few weeks. I hadn't reloaded XP for almost a year, and things were getting 'messy', so I decided to start clean again. I installed registered XP Pro and downloaded the latest Thunderbird and Firefox. I had copied off my profiles from TB and saved them to my external drive. After installing TB, I copied over my profile from before.

This was the first week or so of January. After this, my computer would 'lock up' when I tried clicking on an HTML link in an email and expect it to open a page in Firefox. I thought I had done something wrong with Windows or some installation, so, before I installed a bunch of applications, I decided to start over. I installed XP the 2nd time (on a newly formatted disk) and I am still having the same problem. The problem even seems to happen when I make IE7 my default browser, but eventually, the page comes up. With Firefox as the default, I usually have to reboot to unfreeze Thunderbird.

Is there any way we can get the next oldest version of TB and try it and see if it works okay just to prove that it isn't my machine? Firefox and IE7 work fine when I'm just browsing within them and not trying to go to a link from within an email.

Thanks, Steve