Firefox 7.0 released


Continuing with their enhanced development cycle Mozilla has released version 7.0 of their popular Firefox web browser.
The changelog show the following improvements:

  • Drastically improved memory use
  • Added a new rendering backend to speed up Canvas operations on Windows systems
  • Bookmark and password changes now sync almost instantly when using Firefox Sync
  • Added support for text-overflow: ellipsis
  • Added support for the Web Timing specification
  • Added an opt-in system for users to send performance data back to Mozilla to improve future versions of Firefox. This can be enabled by installing an add-on
  • Fixed several stability issues

Those who know me know that I’m a huge fan of the Firefox browser and the thousands of extensions available. Many complain about the memory usage of Firefox. This release directly addresses the memory issue and should provide a small speed increase. I’ve never experienced any memory related issues with Firefox and maybe this release will provide some relief for those who think the memory issue is a big deal.

The Firefox site hasn’t been updated with a link to the 7.0 download yet, however I expect this to happen soon. Windows users can find the download here in the interm.

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