Montag, 28. Juni 2010

Update with caution - Firefox 3.6.6

The recent update to Firefox 3.6.6 seems to cause more problems than usual.

Over here, a Mac was the first to update - and Firefox did not re-start.  Having discovered the safe-mode option recently, I used it on the Mac:

/Applications/ -safe-mode

After disabling all add-ons, Firefox 3.6.6 did start normally.

On my Ubuntu machine, Firefox is still on version 3.6.3.   So I decided to test FF 3.6.6 before the Ubuntu updater pushes the update.  I downloaded the Linux version of 3.6.6 from Mozilla and installed it in a separate directory. 

Multiple versions of Firefox can coexist on the same machine, but only one can run at any given time.  I.e. you have to close ALL Firefox windows of one version before starting the other.

Strangely enough, the new version worked even with the add-ons that crashed Firefox on the Mac.  But there were other issues:
  • no graphics on Google Analytics
  • no address resolution of a web server on the LAN (worked on FF 3.6.3, might be a 64 bit issue - ping is ok)
I think, I'll skip this one.

If the new versions has already been installed...

If you hover your mouse over the appropriate download button on the Mozillas website, you see a link like this one (perhaps with different o/s and language settings) in the status bar:

You can copy the link, modify the version number to get the older Firefox version.

[Update, June 29th]
Firefox 3.6.6 (32 bit and 64 bit) from the Ubuntu repositories run without problems.

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