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  • Mozilla Releases Firefox 7 Web Browser

    Phoronix: Mozilla Releases Firefox 7 Web Browser

    For those not already aware, Mozilla has released the Firefox 7 web browser today...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=OTk1MA

  • #2
    Thunderbird 7 was released the same time, but basically i don't see any differences. It seems Mozilla wants version >=10 soon with that release rate.

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    • #3
      I like Firefox, and I like Mozilla's new release model because it makes sense. But keeping up with Chrome isn't easy.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by d2kx View Post
        I like Firefox, and I like Mozilla's new release model because it makes sense. But keeping up with Chrome isn't easy.
        Major difference for me:
        They've hidden the protocol and are trimming trailing slashes from URLs in the URL bar. So http://www.google.com/ becomes www.google.com in the URL bar. They're also graying out everything but the domain name to reduce user confusion.

        For those like me who want the protocol to appear, go to about:config, and toggle browser.urlbar.trimURLs to false.

        Oh, and in Windows 7 with computers that support Direct2D, the Canvas element rendering uses a new acceleration API. They're only doing this with <canvas> elements for now, to provide a small tester base. Next version they'll probably enable it browser-wide.

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        • #5
          As someone who watched FireFox grow from Phoenix and then onto Firebird and watched the pain of integrating cairo before it was mature it kinda saddens me seeing cairo being ripped back out again

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          • #6
            slower scrolling

            Does anyone noticed a reduced scrolling speed?
            Try news.google.com (more evident with smooth-scrolling active), firefox 6 is smooth, 7 is jerky, at least on nvidia.
            Probably it depends on this new 'feature' called azure...
            Is it possible to disable it?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by kokoko3k View Post
              Does anyone noticed a reduced scrolling speed?
              Try news.google.com (more evident with smooth-scrolling active), firefox 6 is smooth, 7 is jerky, at least on nvidia.
              Probably it depends on this new 'feature' called azure...
              Is it possible to disable it?
              AFAIK Azure is not yet enabled under Linux. For now it only provides 2D acceleration on windows platforms.

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              • #8
                Useless browser.

                Oh sorry... it's just that the entire world is switching to Webkit, so there's no use for this slow as hell browser that once kind-of used standards in an almost 90% compatible way...

                Ditch this shit.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by V!NCENT View Post
                  Useless browser.

                  Oh sorry... it's just that the entire world is switching to Webkit, so there's no use for this slow as hell browser that once kind-of used standards in an almost 90% compatible way...

                  Ditch this shit.
                  Very naive thinking. We should be glad that there is an alternative rendering engine, with a different set of advantages and disadvantages.

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                  • #10
                    It's a bit like Gnome: there was this purpose for it one day, until it got surpassed in every possible aspect of human software technology engineering.

                    Yes, it may shock you, but when IE was wreaking havoc and pure evil everyone, including me, absolutely loved the Corvette browser called Firefox.

                    Fast forward to today and the world is now in awe of the Bugatti Veynron rendering engine called Webkit and most of us 'naive' people decided to upgrade.

                    Don't you think that a free software Veynron beets the shit out of a Corvette rendering engine? Once and if this Webkit thing gets screwed up, then the right fork by the right people should kick in. But untill the next Big Thing happens, let's go with this opportunity. Let's not make it more difficult than it already is for web designers.

                    Firefox was like many software once very awesome, but now that it has done its job, it should rest in a museum.

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                    • #11
                      Car analogies

                      So Firefox is a somewhat affordable toy, and Webkit an utterly unpractical expensive toy?

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                      • #12
                        Open a bunch of tabs and leave them open for a while, memory usage in FF7 kills Chrome, when you add in ll of the processes they spin off to get idiot reviewers to think they use less resources.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by V!NCENT View Post
                          Fast forward to today and the world is now in awe of the Bugatti Veynron rendering engine called Webkit and most of us 'naive' people decided to upgrade.
                          Last I checked, Firefox still had almost twice the number of users that Webkit does.

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                          • #14
                            I don't think cairo is going away. Azure needs a backend. That can be Direct 2D on Win 7. That is what they have done now. But the rest of the platforms still need cairo as the backend. That will be done later - putting Azure between the layout code and cairo.
                            See http://robert.ocallahan.org/2011/09/...pi-design.html .

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                            • #15
                              This forum needs moderators.

                              Anyhow, yes, Azure is going to use Cairo and OpenGL on Linux.
                              Also, Firefox/Gecko is actually quite a big faster and more technologically advanced than Chrome on some fronts (and Chrome is on some other fronts). Type Inference anyone?

                              Since everyone uses a fork of webkit that is different, we have to refer to it as Chrome, cause Safari and friends aren't as good.

                              Needless to say, recent benchmarks show Opera and Firefox are actually the fastests current browsers on the block.

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