Jul 5, 2009

'BugDay' Planned To Fix Bugs in New Firefox 3.5

A "BugDay" has been set for the Mozilla community to focus on bugs in the just-released Firefox 3.5 The bugs in FireFox 3.5 include longer load times, crashes linked to the TraceMonkey JavaScript engine, and Windows XP compatibility. Mozilla plans to release Firefox 3.5.1 with the bug fixes later this month.

Mozilla is scrambling to fix bugs in its just-released Firefox 3.5 browser. Users are posting complaints about problems across the Web. Those problems include longer load times and crashes linked to the TraceMonkey JavaScript engine. The browser also reportedly has problems with Windows XP. Mozilla has set a community "BugDay" for July 7 to address the bugs in open-source Firefox 3.5.

Firefox 3.5.1 is expected to be released later this month to correct some of the 55 published bugs. Firefox 3.5 was released to the public on June 30, although a beta version was released in April.

Among the new features of Firefox 3.5 touted by Mozilla was speed, with the new release said to be twice as fast as Firefox 3.0 and 10 times faster than Firefox 2. Mozilla also pointed to better JavaScript performance, a new Private Browsing mode, and location-based browsing.

Firefox is available for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux and has more than 300 million active users.

The Private Browsing allows Firefox 3.5 users to protect their privacy online. In this mode, nothing viewed on the Web is stored on the user's computer.

Firefox 3.5 also has a Forget this Site feature, which allows users to remove all traces of a site from the browser. A Clear Recent History feature lets users decide what data or activity should be removed.
The Location Aware feature is optional. When turned on, it allows Web sites to provide information based on the user's location.

Firefox 3.5 also includes support for HTML 5 video and audio.


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