Firefox, Thunderbird, Mozilla Suite Upgrades Released

Wednesday August 4th, 2004 today released minor upgrades to three of its major products. Firefox 0.9.3, Thunderbird 0.7.3 and Mozilla 1.7.2 are all now available. These three new releases were created to correct 4 possible security vulnerabilities in past versions of each product. The Buildbar has links for all three releases.

#101 Re: How about this "bug"????

by Waldo_2

Friday August 6th, 2004 1:56 PM

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Bookmarks Backup is useful only for those users who regularly uninstall and reinstall Firefox or for those who regularly mess with their system. If the point is to make sure the bookmarks are safe if something's corrupted, then it's a bandaid for a problem we shouldn't have.

Tabbrowser Extensions has good ideas, but it has way too many of them in one place. It's so many options that it's very easily almost too confusing for a newbie user. A few of the ideas need to get into Firefox (draggable tabs, single window mode, and if it were up to me a hidden preference for the transfer of focus on tab closes, among others), but the vast, vast majority aren't useful for even the biggest power user.

Grippies? I've never used it. Perhaps it's useful, perhaps not. If you're talking about something similar to the little widget that let you open the sidebar in the Suite without going through a menu, however, that's only a convenience and not a necessity. In my opinion it would also serve the same (dys)function as the Windows taskbar sometimes does for newbies: a quick way to rearrange the window without the user knowing it. No doubt you've seen someone who accidentally dragged the taskbar somewhere on the screen other than the bottom or expanded it to half the screen by mistake. The grippy for the sidebar would serve the exact same purpose. Just because it's easier for some may not mean it's not confusing to a few more.

This isn't to say extensions never belong in Firefox. It's just that many don't, while only a very select few do.