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Firefox 4 not for me

Today I tried out firefox 4. I was not impressed. Like always when upgrading you will have to restore some of the settings because things jumps to new positions and the like but this time it seem to be impossible to fix everything.

The tabs had rounded corners and didn't look the same as the theme of my desktop environment. I didn't find any way to fix this.

The status bar was gone so I had to put my add-on buttons elsewhere. Normally the url of a link is shown in the status bar when hovering the link. Now the url just shows up on top of the page at the bottom. The url is faded in so you don't see it instantaneously. If you have the search bar visible it will for some reason be shown to the right instead of to the left. I find it inconvenient that it changes position because you don't know exactly where to locate your eyes to see the url.

Zoom used anti-aliasing for images which makes pixels blurred. I guess there is a way to disable this but I don't find it.

Firefox is a great browser and I can't live without the NoScript plugin but for me firefox is going in the wrong direction. Because there was so many things I didn't like with the new version I decided to downgrade to version 3.6 again. It's not perfect but it is better and it's what I'm used to.

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Yes...!! I too agree with you because when i installed it on my laptop the old addons for Download Manager were incompatible with this version and my favourite addons/themes and personas were not compatible...!!
So this turned out to be a off for me...!!
Secondly,i have heard/read a lot about firefox 4 that it has got a much faster browsing speed than previous versions and other browsers ,but i din't find even a slight increase in the speed..!!
It was still the same...!! Crying or Very sad

and finally got back to the 3.6 version !! Wink
ankur209 on Tue Apr 26, 2011 3:05 pm
Are you still using Firefox 3.6?
I can assist you some if you want to go to ver 7.0.1. I know of some extensions & have some tricks to help you from the ver change.

Here's one of them:

Tell Firefox to stop checking the compatibility of all your extensions/add-ons. After you do this all your compatible extensions Should automatically work. Note: On some you MAY notice they are not working exactly the same. Most or All Will though.

Type "about:config" without the " " in the address bar & hit enter....

Then right-click anywhere in the about:config list of settings & choose New, Boolean. When prompted, type extensions.checkCompatibility
IMPORTANT: You have to type your version number. So if Fx ver 7 you would type extensions.checkCompatibility.6.0 (Make sure there is a dot Before the first number), press Enter. At the second prompt, select false & press Enter again. Bam! Done!

Now go look at your extensions. You shouldn't have to restart Fx.

Hope this helps you folks

Do the following at your own risk. I don't & haven't needed to yet so I would leave this alone until you Need to k. Be safe then sorry

Right-click in the list & choose New, Boolean again. Type extensions.checkUpdateSecurity when prompted & press Enter. Select false at the next prompt, press Enter.

Restart Fx again

FYI: Any custom changes you or your extensions make will be in Bold in about:config
User_X on Wed Nov 09, 2011 3:43 am
Yes I'm still using 3.6.

Why should I change extensions.checkCompatibility and extensions.checkUpdateSecurity? Can you explain.
Peterssidan on Wed Nov 09, 2011 8:11 am
My bad. That one tip was pointed more towards ankur209 as he was having compatibility issues.
You yourself never mentioned anything about extensions/add-ons.
It was just an example is all that many many folks have & are disgruntled with Fx.

I was using ver 5.0.1 for a while until I took some time to find out
was causing it to crash all the time so I switched to
and was able to finally upgrade to ver 7.0.1
Man is it a lot faster & smoother. I'm glad I did

If you'd like to upgrade but don't like that something was changed then let me know what those things are & I will try to find a resolution for it. No promises but there are many ways to revert back to the way an older ver acted or looked. I don't like all the new things either but have resigned myself if I want to continue to use Fx that's the way it has to be.
About every 6-8 weeks or so there should be a new Fx ver coming out. I think that's drastic but for now that's their plan.

Just to clear it up the
extensions.checkUpdateSecurity trick
is a resort that I should have left out in public. I don't recommend it
User_X on Wed Nov 09, 2011 7:09 pm
I just noticed that Firefox 8.0 was released yesterday to the general public.

Another six weeks have gone by, which means that it's time for a new Firefox release: Firefox 8.0 was moved to the stable release channel today, and it features a few more visible improvements over Firefox 7.0, which brought mostly under-the-hood updates.

Most of the user-facing changes involve add-ons: ...Add-ons installed by users will usually be unaffected by this decision, which seems to be an IE9-like effort on Mozilla's part to keep the browser running smoothly by disabling unwanted or potentially buggy add-ons.

Additionally, users who like the tabs from previous browsing sessions to load automatically can now turn on a feature in the browser's preferences that doesn't load the contents of tabs until those tabs are selected, reducing the time it takes to re-open a busy browsing session...

...Under the hood, Mozilla has made performance and memory improvements when using the <audio> and <video> tags...
...and has fixed security and stability issues..

See the release notes here
And for the complete list of changes see

Yeah, I like Firefox
User_X on Wed Nov 09, 2011 11:23 pm

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