Firefox 1.5.0.2 is a Universal Binary

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  1. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    Here's what's new in Firefox 1.5.0.2:

    * Universal Binary support for Mac OS X which provides native support for Macintosh with Intel Core processors. Firefox supports the enhancements to performance introduced by the new MacIntel chipsets.
    * Improvements to product stability.
    * Several security fixes.
     
  2. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    Cool. Just a 972 KB download for me... :)

    Edit: Not so cool. The upgrade failed, and now Firefox' Software Update are trying to download the update again... and timed out... :(

    Edit 2: I had to download the whole 1.5.0.2 from the mozilla site, and I'm using an iBook G4, so the whole Intel thingy shouldn't be an issue... well, at least it didn't break SpellBound this time (since I'm using the Development version ;)).
     
  3. Haoshiro macrumors 68000

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    It's important to note the following from the Release Notes:

    Here's a quick direct link to the full download:
    Firefox for Mac OS X (16.0MB)
     
  4. Mitch1984 macrumors 6502

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    Downnload it via the website. There appears to be a known issue where if you are using a PPC version it'll upgrade you to the PPC version of the update.
    For intel version use the website for this first intance.

    EDIT: Someone beat me to it.
     
  5. Mac_Freak macrumors 6502a

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    Mine has failed too, but the second one worked great. :D
     
  6. Haoshiro macrumors 68000

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    Wow, it definitely seems to launch faster, perform better, and load websites much faster...
     
  7. bousozoku thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    It's faster and performs better? ;)
     
  8. toneloco2881 macrumors 6502

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    Does anyone else find Firefox using an inordinate amount of cpu when displaying sites with flash content(mtv,nba.com,etc..)? On average it uses 3x the cpu use of Safari on the same web-pages!

    Is this a problem with the flash plugin or with Firefox itself? I really want to try out Firefox, because I've heard many great things about it, but this isn't leaving a good first impression.
     
  9. bousozoku thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    Both of Macromedia's plug-ins are pigs but it seems as though Safari goes out of its way to make up for the plug-ins.

    I was just going to say that Firefox has really shaped up as to CPU usage. It's doesn't seem to be much more intensive than Thunderbird--at least, on static web pages.
     
  10. Haoshiro macrumors 68000

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    Flash plays much better in Firefox it seems, however. If a Safari window is in the background playing Flash it really lags, but in Firefox it seems to run smoothly no matter if I have the window on top or not... so at least that is a plus. :)
     
  11. spencecb macrumors 6502a

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    Firefox goes Universal...

    Mozilla officially released an update to Firefox today that made it Universal. I downloaded it, but I fail to see a speed improvement of the browser. To be honest, I have never seen the benefit of Firefox. It has always seemed slow and bogged down in comparison to Safari, at least to me.

    Never really understood what the big deal is. It doesn't load pages as quickly as Safari, and it takes for ever for it to launch.

    [Moderator note: threads merged]
     
  12. MrSugar macrumors 6502a

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    Camino 1.0 is pretty speedy :)
     
  13. ipacmm macrumors 65816

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    Nice to see a FireFox update, but I also think Safari is a lot better and faster then FF.
     
  14. combatcolin macrumors 68020

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    Firefox on PC dosn't attract ad ware and other little Active X surprises and isn't made by Microsoft.

    On the Mac however.... these are solutions problems that don't exist.

    Good to have the choice though.
     
  15. spencecb macrumors 6502a

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    I don't think I have ever tried Camino. Might check it oout, although I am perfectly happy with Safari.
     
  16. BlizzardBomb macrumors 68030

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    Camino is much better for Mac OS X users IMO. Faster and very stable :)
     
  17. steelphantom macrumors 6502a

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    I didn't really have any specific problems with Safari, but decided to try Camino out for a little while. That was about 4 months ago, and I haven't touched Safari since. :D
     
  18. Dopeyman macrumors 6502a

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    My firefox upgrade went smoothly...

    I got the pop-up to upgrade, clicked on it and it ran on its' own...

    My 2 cents: It runs smoother and faster! :) me likey :D
     
  19. ImAlwaysRight macrumors 6502a

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    I gotta check out Firefox. I've been using Safari for quite a while.

    Anyone know if Firefox can print international USPS shipping labels through ebay/paypal? Domestic shipping labels print fine, but for some reason with the Java implementation Safari AND Camino both become unresponsive trying to display/print international shipping labels. Since Firefox is based on non-IE, maybe, just maybe it will work. I'm getting tired of voiding international labels and having to go in to the post office to mail an international package. :(
     
  20. fluidinclusion macrumors regular

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    Yeah, but

    Yeah, but Firefox works. I run into 1-2 websites per week where Safari just doesn't work. Firefox almost always works. I use Safari most of the time, but I would never run a machine without firefox handy.
     
  21. bousozoku thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    That's pretty much my experience, too. I use Safari or better yet, Shiira when Firefox doesn't work. Besides, it always seems faster than Safari or Shiira.
     
  22. daysleeper macrumors member

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    I used firefox for a long time, but it started being a resource hog, and caused my machine to slow waaaay down. I switched to safari, and all the problems stopped. It was like I had a new machine.

    In my experience, FF doesn't run that well on macs without gobs of memory.
     
  23. MrCrowbar macrumors 68000

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  24. shawnce macrumors 65816

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    Main story says "...Firefox browser has been updated to 1.5.2." which is incorrect the version is 1.5.0.2.
     
  25. Westside guy macrumors 601

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    Camino is more OSX-like; but it's not nearly as flexible as Firefox. So it depends what's important to the individual.

    I use Firefox because 1) the cookie management is superior to both Camino and (even moreso) to Safari; 2) the extensions are just too darn useful; and 3) the JavaScript console makes web development a heck of a lot easier. Obviously point 3 won't matter to most people; and the other two come down to taste.
     

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