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  • 1.0 stars

    "Mozilla has abandoned the PPC . . ."

    December 23, 2010  |   By SandFarmer

    Version: Mozilla Firefox beta 4 beta 8

    Pros

    Nothing. Since I can not run it on my trusty workhorse (that will be upgraded in Q1 and left in service) but it's what I and millions are using now.

    Cons

    Mozilla doesn't think PPC's are worthy of their product.

    And cnet can't get their specs accurate.

    Summary

    I have been using FF for what seems forever. And now that they don't think the PPC platform is worthy, I guess that it's on to one of many other browsers. AND I have sent out a memo to my IT departments, that we, are no longer installing nor supporting FF and Thunderbird on any platform. Even after the first of the year and beyond for those that will be getting new Intel machines. Which will be everyone I my and several other companies I run.

    Some people in this world will not be as fortunate to be able to upgrade, do to many reasons and when PPC's that are out there are working just fine and there is no reason for some to do so, or it's not in the budget, this makes no sense. To say the least, I am very disappointed in the Mozilla organization and this makes using M$ Office Mail over Thunderbird and Chrome easier to justify.

    Thanks, Mozilla. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

    P.S.
    I have stopped all donations from my and any other company I run/deal with to your organization.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Not PPC Mac compatible."

    December 23, 2010  |   By kbritany

    Version: Mozilla Firefox beta 4 beta 8

    Pros

    Not much to say

    Cons

    Despite the published specs, it will not allow me to install this on a PPC Mac.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Fast, solid, highly extensible!"

    December 23, 2010  |   By friedchikkin

    Version: Mozilla Firefox beta 4 beta 8

    Pros

    This beta (8) is noticeably faster than beta7- I found that amazing. It's been giving me solid performance since I began using it when they put it on their ftp server back on the 14th (Dec. '10).

    Cons

    Some Add-ons don't work, they need to be updated. Doesn't seem to play nice with some MIME settings to allow Quicktime/WMV Flip4Mac plug-ins to play video in the browser- I set it to open in VLC.

    Summary

    Besides the very few, aforementioned caveats, Firefox 4.0 beta 8 is a very solid performer- noticeably faster than even the beta 7 release in rendering sites with or without scripts on them- some sites almost pop on the page as if I opened a local file! Some Add-ons work easily by disabling compatibility Plug-in detection, authors specify what version Firefox works with their Add-on and sometimes that does coalesce with Mozilla's latest beta or nightly build.

    I've yet to use the Firefox Sync feature but I can only envision using it if Firefox was available for more mobile platforms like BlackBerry- which its not. Otherwise I backup my bookmarks regularly and remember my plethora of logins, believe it or not. I don't see utility in Firefox Sync.

    Firefox offers great security features as well as security customization [options].

    Necessary Add-Ons; AdBlock Plus and NoScript! Can you imagine most of your web experience not seeing ads? I almost take it for granted at this point... and NoSCript allows me to control what sites can load their scripts on any given page I'm viewing- this extends to any third-party referenced site. For example, on this page, I have facebook blocked and marked as an untrusted site... but I block all connections to facebook through my router as well! lol There are so many sites that have access to your data by proxy it's nice to feel I've a little extra control.

    It's free. Sure there hasn't been a boxed, retail browser since Netscape Navigator but I still can't complain about a free browser. Safari's a great browser, but it doesn't have the Add-Ons available to the Firefox community, especially for killing ads. For those whom think ads should be there to help bring revenue to the sites that especially provide free, useful service; I agree. But I never click those ads, I feel my life is inundated with thousands of ads a day and if I can get rid of a few from my life I will- they annoy me. Period.

    I've been playing around with grouped tabs. It works very well and has nice keyboard shortcuts- I don't personally have that much crap open at once, but I can imagine facebook addicts will love the feature.

    It's still only scoring a 97 on that Acid3 test... but who cares? I've yet to encounter a site that renders incorrectly with Firefox 4 so cry me a river...

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Fast, expandable, getting faster!"

    December 16, 2010  |   By friedchikkin

    Version: Mozilla Firefox beta 4 beta 7

    Pros

    Using Firefox 4.0 beta 8 - even faster than beta 7!
    64 bit, snappy, expandable with add-ons like AdBlockPlus, NoScript and thousands more!

    Cons

    Doesn't beat other browsers in performance by some nit picking split seconds which seems to make some cry.

    Summary

    Mozilla just uploaded the beta 8 update here: ftp://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/firefox/nightly/4.0b8-candidates/ I'm using it right now and it's noticeably faster than the beta 7! As suspected they've also released a Nightly beta 9 Minefield build for anyone whom would like to test it out.

    I'll be upfront any state that I've been a Firefox fan for years. I like being able to add themes, ad-blockers and script blockers so only sites and third party sites can load scripts (this includes Flash!) AS I CHOOSE and I almost take for granted not seeing ads anywhere. Not only is it fast and robust but it proves even more customizable via typing 'about:config' in the address bar- you'll know what I mean.

    I've a MacPro 4,1 2.66GHz 10.6.5 4GB RAM/Radeon HD 4870

    All browsers are fast on my machine; I've tried Chrome, Safari and Firefox, mainly- Firefox being my default browser. They all perform well, but I don't have a slowpoke computer- it's not the fastest but it's fast! I don't cry over waiting an extra split second for a page to load... big deal! It's really up to your preference when it comes down to it- even CPU magazine calls this "the best browser", period.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Intel only"

    November 11, 2010  |   By CyberSkull

    Version: Mozilla Firefox beta 4 beta 7

    Pros

    I liked nothing about the 4b7. Everything on the website says universal binary and it is Intel-only.

    Cons

    Intel-only. This is really irritating.

    Summary

    I couldn't give 4b7 a spin at all because despited the labeling on the website, it is Intel-only.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Why they are folding off . . ."

    November 10, 2010  |   By SandFarmer

    Version: Mozilla Firefox beta 4 beta 7

    Pros

    As with all the 4bx versions . . . None so far.

    Cons

    So many that Mozilla is wisely holding off until next year to move forward. There is a God.

    Summary

    The moment the 4bx series was released it was glaringly apparent that Firefox was either seriously flawed or Mozilla had lost their minds and thought garbage was the new cool. I thought I was going nuts until I read that they are holding off due to numerous and continuing issues. I kept thinking that "aren't new versions suppose to be better?". I was not able to effectively use 4bx and had to revert to 3.6 (now) .12, OF WHICH I swear, although, once you revert to another version things pick up as if you never left, things are not as they were. Once I ran a 4bx version my 3.6.x versions never run as well as they did. 4bx is not only seriously flawed, but if you revert after running one, expect issues until next year and things are fixed. All fixed. Fingers crossed.

    Updated on Nov 11, 2010

    Not sure why I got a review request for 4b7, and then after I write a review, a Watch List release notice for the same version. So I DL it AND then this version of 4b7 will not run on my machine even though, from what is listed, it is well within spec.

    What is going on with Mozilla and Firefox?

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  • 1.0 stars

    "b7 has been out and I'm just getting this now . . ."

    November 3, 2010  |   By SandFarmer

    Version: Mozilla Firefox beta 4 beta 6

    Pros

    It's FF and there may be hope.

    Cons

    One of the last two reason that Mozilla has stalled off on FF for a long while.

    Summary

    4.whatever has a long way to go even for beta testing. Good move to hold off until it's . . . "ready".

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Fast and surprisingly stable"

    September 29, 2010  |   By Jc625007

    Version: Mozilla Firefox beta 4 beta 6

    Pros

    Fast page rendering
    Attractive UI

    Cons

    Some hangups with plugins

    Summary

    The UI is vast improved, and speed and stability have improved over previous versions. Opens most webpages faster than Safari and Google Chrome on my MBP. I did notice that the title bar does get distorted at times when scrolling through webpages with video. Some plugin (quicktime) compatibility do not seem to be ironed out yet with the browser. Overall very satisfied, and is now my default browser.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Will not forward"

    September 19, 2010  |   By nrowe46

    Version: Mozilla Firefox beta 4 beta 6

    Pros

    I like the look but....

    Cons

    Will not forward from my banks log on window to my account information.

    Summary

    Went bak to Firefox 3.6

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Still not ready"

    September 14, 2010  |   By Tripod

    Version: Mozilla Firefox beta 4 beta 5

    Pros

    New Tabs on top feature is nice

    Cons

    Not compatible with many common add-ons yet. Does not display correctly on my G5 running 10.5.8.

    Summary

    Beta software so it's expected to have some issues. I await the release to see if everything is fixed.

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