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Firefox Mozilla Upgrades

Firefox 30 Available, Firebug 2.0 Released 270

Posted by Soulskill
from the 30-is-over-the-hill dept.
Today Mozilla made Firefox 30 available, a relatively minor release after the massive redesign in version 29. According to the changelog, new features include VP9 video decoding, support for Opus in WebM, and horizontal volume control for HTML5 video and audio. Developers got support for multi-line flexboxes and hang reporting for background threads. There were also a number of security fixes. The Android version of Firefox received better support for native text selection, cutting, and copying, as well as predictive lookup for Awesomebar entries. The availability of Firefox 30 coincides with the launch of Firebug 2.0, which features an updated UI and a new debugging engine called JSD2. Significant new features include JavaScript syntax highlighting and de-minifying, improved code auto-complete, and the capability to hide or show individual Firebug panels.
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Firefox 30 Available, Firebug 2.0 Released

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  • Memory usage fixed? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by riverat1 (1048260) on Tuesday June 10, 2014 @05:42PM (#47206683)

    I hope they fixed the memory usage problem I've been having since the last update. Lately for me FF has been running up over 3GB of memory usage and then crashing after anywhere from 6 to 12 hours with only 7 or 8 tabs open. It's been driving me crazy.

  • by TWX (665546) on Tuesday June 10, 2014 @05:42PM (#47206685)
    ...if they used sane version numbers?

    Probably something like 12.0.1...
  • by Mister_Stoopid (1222674) on Tuesday June 10, 2014 @06:45PM (#47207153)

    Ugh, my 24 ESR is going away in just one more release? I thought I solved this firefox update problem for myself by going to ESR but I guess it was just a (very) short term bandaid...

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 10, 2014 @07:22PM (#47207415)

    My betting is that the top dogs at Mozilla have been paid handsomely to shutter Firefox and make the transition to Chrome as smooth as possible. Firefox has really been Google's project for a long time now, in financial terms, and they don't need it any more.

  • by Ungrounded Lightning (62228) on Tuesday June 10, 2014 @09:19PM (#47208147) Journal

    I'm at my Nevada vacation/retirement place for the first time since migrating my laptop from Ubuntu 12.04 LTS to 14.04 LTS. This dragged in Firefox 29.0 ("... Canonical 1.0").

    The place only has dialup Internat at about 38Kbps. (Somewhat higher speeds are available at substantial cost, which doesn't make sense untlil we're here for more than a couple weeks a year.)

    Web browsing was barely usable at this speed by using a few tricks. The most effective one was to configure Firefox to not load images until/unless I wanted to look at them.

    When I got out here last Friday I discovered that firefox 29.0 no longer has the radio button in the preferences/configuration menus. An hour or so looking at about:config didn't turn up anything likely-looking, either.

    Without this feature, "surfing" the current image-heavy web pages is essentially impossible. Even trivial pages may take a couple minutes to a half-hour to load. PER PAGE.

    Did the Firefox crew restore the feature for 30.0? (Or does anyone know where it was hidden, if it still exists on 29.0 and 30.0?)

    Developers breaking important features (that THEY don't use) while "improving" products is a real problem.

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