Mozilla Firebird 0.6 Released

Friday May 16th, 2003

At last, Mozilla Firebird 0.6 has been released! A lot of changes have been made since the last version of the browser — then known as Phoenix — came out in December. The most noticeable of these is a new default theme, based on Qute by Arvid Axelsson. The Preferences dialogue has been replaced with a redesigned Options dialogue and you can now clear your history, cookies, cache etc. with a single click. Many improvements have been made to the bookmarks system, including an IE-style context menu for items in the Bookmarks menu. In addition, this release includes Quality Feedback Agent (Talkback), allowing crash data to be sent directly back to the developers. Mozilla Firebird 0.6 also features many of the enhancements that have been made to the Mozilla Application Suite, including automatic resizing of large images to fit in the browser window and smooth scrolling.

Read the Mozilla Firebird 0.6 Release Notes for more information and grab a download from Builds are available for Windows, Linux and now Mac OS X. As explained in the new Mozilla Development Roadmap, Firebird and its mail/news client sister Mozilla Thunderbird will become the focus of future development after Mozilla 1.4 is released.

#138 Smoothscroll is almost unusable on my laptop

by GAThrawn

Wednesday May 21st, 2003 1:40 AM

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There should definitely be a GUI for this, or at least have it disabled by default.

My laptop is a 1.2GHz model, hardly a slouch compared to what I've run Mozilla on in the past, and Firebird (and Mozilla) are practically unusable on it with smoothscroll switched on. I've never known such slow, jerky, uncontrollable scrolling in a browser ever (and I regularly run Moz 1.1 on a 200MHz Pentium MMX with only 64Mb RAM).

It looks and feels like a serious performance regression. I regularly read here and other Moz sites, and always read the release notes so I knew what the problem was and how to cure it, but I can imagine how some people would take one look at Firebird performing like that and dump it instantly.

Having said that on my desktop PCs I haven't even noticed whether smoothscroll is switched on or off without checking about:config, so why does it need to be switched on by default?

If most people will never notice and it will a minority a serious problem then surely this is a feature taht should be switched off by default?