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Mozilla Launches Test Pilot, A Firefox Add-On For Trying Experimental Features (thenextweb.com) 53

An anonymous reader writes: Mozilla today launched Test Pilot, a program for trying out experimental Firefox features. To try the new functionality Mozilla is offering for its browser, you have to download a Firefox add-on from testpilot.firefox.com and enable an experiment. The main caveat is that experiments are currently only available in English (though Mozilla promises to add more languages "later this year"). Test Pilot was first introduced for Firefox 3.5, but the new program has been revamped since then, featuring three main components: Activity Stream, Tab Center and Universal Search. Activity Stream is designed to help you navigate your browsing history faster, surfacing your top sites along with highlights from your browsing history and bookmarks. Tab Center displays open tabs vertically along the side of your screen. Mozilla says Universal Search "combines the Awesome Bar history with the Firefox Search drop down menu to give you the best recommendations so you can spend less time sifting through search results and more time enjoying the web."
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Mozilla Launches Test Pilot, A Firefox Add-On For Trying Experimental Features

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  • So whats the rule with FF version?

    Id it 'odd numbers are good' (like Windows)
    or
    'even numbers are good' (like Star Trek movies)

    • by Zocalo ( 252965 )
      For many (e.g. the >30% of market share Firefox has lost since it's peak) it seems to be that versions below {number} are good, those above {number} suck donkey balls, with the value of {number} being determined by the individual's opions on Mozilla's decisions to dumb down or remove useful feature/options and/or add some unwanted bits of bloat like Pocket to the main codebase to replace them.
    • It's the Reverse Star Wars Rule: Numbers after 3 are bad. (Regular Star Wars rule is the opposite, of course.)

    • by Merk42 ( 1906718 )
      All versions of Firefox are bad since they became like Chrome
      Firefox should be pared down and just do the web well, and fast, like Chrome.
  • Mozilla says Universal Search "combines the Awesome Bar history with the Firefox Search drop down menu to give you the best recommendations so you can spend less time sifting through search results and more time enjoying the web."

    Ah, more time swallowing and less time smelling and chewing. That never goes badly, does it?

  • So when do they fix the memory loss problem?
    Firefox hangs onto memory and doesn't release it until you close ALL instances of the browser

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