Mozilla Firefox 0.9 Released
Monday June 14th, 2004
The Mozilla Foundation today released Mozilla Firefox 0.9, and now begins its final push towards a 1.0 release of Firefox. New features in this release include a new default theme, a new browser migration tool, reworked theme and extension managers, a much smaller download size, a new help system, and many small bug fixes and speed tweaks. More on what's new can be found in the Burning Edge's Bigger Picture or in the Mozilla Foundation's press release about Firefox 0.9.
Along with the new Theme and Extension managers, is a preview of the new update.mozilla.org website, which will be the new home for themes and extensions for all the Mozilla products, as well as possible updates to the products themselves. The site is expected to be completed sometime in the next week.
Firefox 0.9 marks the completion of major feature work in Firefox for 1.0, with only incremental improvements remaining for the drive towards beta sometime next month. More information about future releases is available on the Firefox Roadmap.
Builds are currently available from the Firefox releases page, along with the current set of Release Notes, or directly from the 0.9 directory on ftp.mozilla.org. (All builds are currently being pushed to FTP, some FTP servers may be behind, please be patient!)
Someone back a bit had asked whether the memory leaks had been fixed in this version or not. Sorry, I don't remember the name and I'm too tired to scroll. But YES! :) That blasted memory leak, for me on my 98SE box running Aston Shell anyway, has been FIXED! I've done my best to invoke it every which way I can and the browser just keeps purring right along, ultra-responsive, no sluggishness, no GUI slowdown. And it's been very easy on the CPU, generally staying in the 30% range (with 21 programmes opened). What a true delight to use once again! So go ahead and give it a try and see what it does for you as well. That's about all I can recommend from this end. I'm satisfied. I'm seriously considering pressing the "Make default" button. :)
Hats off to the Devs and thanks for a free, well-constructed product. I'm looking forward to 1.0!