Mozilla spits out last version of Firefox 3.0
RIP, download king
Mozilla has released the last update to Firefox 3.0.
On Tuesday, the open sourcers pushed out Firefox 3.0.19, which includes several security and stability updates, and in a brief blog post, Mozilla's Christian Legnitto confirmed that this would be version 3's final incarnation. It patches six vulnerabilities, five listed as critical.
Developed under the codename Grand Paradiso, Firefox 3.0 officially debuted on June 17, 2008 - which Mozilla famously dubbed Download Day - and in its first 24 hours of life, it was downloaded by 8 million unique users, setting a Guinness World Record. Based on version 1.9 of Mozilla's Gecko rendering engine and offering a host of new APIs, it was the first Firefox to pass the industry-standard Acid2 test.
But since then, Mozilla has introduced Firefox 3.5 and then Firefox 3.6, and it's now testing a public alpha of Firefox 3.7. The outfit had originally planned to discontinue Firefox 3.0 in January, but delays to version 3.6 pushed this back a bit. Nonetheless, 3.0 has given up the ghost less than two years after its debut.
Yesterday, the open sourcers also pushed out an update to Firefox 3.5: version 3.5.9, which patches eight security vulnerabilities, five labeled as critical.
Meanwhile, Mozilla has updated its Thunderbird email client to version 3.0.4 and its SeaMonkey communication suite to version 2.0.4. These patch the same security vulnerabilities as the Firefox 3.5.9 release. All updates are available for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. ®
I find myself forced to agree with you
I am no fan of Mozilla, or the default UI of Firefox (too much like IE, but it can be customised), but it is certainly not a noticeably slower in my experience. IMHO the obsession with speed among a large number of users and apparently developers, is a futile diversion and pain in the arse. I am much more interested in stability and security. Something which no-one seems too be reliably able to offer these days.
I hear this tired complaint the Firefox is to slow every time there is an article about FF.
I have used every version since about 0.8 and while there have been a few dogs in there, for the most part those version have been fixed and replaced within days.
So I can only conclude that the ones complaining are all just a bunch of freaking whiners.
The Only Setback With FF Is That Some ADDONS Are Not Updated With The New Versions.
I Test Every New Version That Comes Along, But Right Now I Will Continue To Go Back To 3.0.19+.