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Firefox 8 for Mac OS X – Update NOW!

Mozilla has released Firefox 8 for both Windows and Mac OS X. Firefox is my primary Web Browser on my Mac OS X Lion 10.7.2, with Safari acting as a backup. So felt it would be best if I could update. The update was smooth, auto restart, and now have the following features:

Firefox 8 full changelog:

  • Add-ons installed by third party programs are now disabled by default
  • Added a one-time add-on selection dialog to manage previously installed add-ons
  • Added Twitter to the search bar
  • Added a preference to load tabs on demand, improving start-up time when windows are restored
  • Improved tab animations when moving, reordering, or detaching tabs
  • Improved performance and memory handling
  • Added CORS support for cross-domain textures in WebGL
  • Added support for HTML5 context menus
  • Added support for insertAdjacentHTML
  • Improved CSS hyphen support for many languages
  • Improved WebSocket support
  • Fixed several stability issues

One issue however is – I’ve come across many irritated users who have complained – when they close the browser, and trying reopening it, it says “Firefox is already open“. The reason for this is – “Though you’ve simply closed the browser from the window, it still takes around 10 seconds to clean up the memory, close the support Mozilla plugins and then exit cleanly. Thus, you should wait for around 10 seconds before restarting Firefox again”. And if you’re really impatient and tech savvy, here’s another solution for you – Open ‘Activity Monitor’ –> Firefox –> Force Quit. This kills the process in hardcore UNIX style (kill -9 px), and thus, you’re free to start Firefox without wasting even 1 second.

Till next time guys, enjoy!


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