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Mozilla Issues Another Update

Mozilla has issued another update to its Firefox Web browser to correct "stability" problems in version 1.0.5, as I discussed in yesterday's blog post about this. Firefox users can download the update manually from Mozilla's site.

This update does not contain security fixes, but Mozilla urges users to update anyway because the new version includes tweaks that make the browser play nicer with other applicatons and Firefox extensions.

Mozilla recommends that you back up your Firefox profile before applying the update. This is probably more of a cover-your-rear-type recommendation than anything, but if you've never done it, now would be a good time. If you need help finding your profile folder, see these instructions. Mozilla says you need to close out Firefox and any other Mozilla appplications first, so it might not be a bad idea to print out those instructions. Or, you could just open them in different browser or cut and paste them into a word-processing application or text document.

The usual methods of updating -- either clicking on the red arrow in the upper right corner of the browser window, or by clicking on the "Check Now" tab under "Tools", "Options," "Advanced" -- don't seem to be working at the moment. At the time of this post, clicking on the "Check Now" tab returned a "No Updates Found" message. So for now, the only update option appears  to be to uninstall and reinstall Firefox. Here are instructions on how to do just that. If you're not experiencing any problems with the latest version of Firefox, and you're not comfortable with backing up your profile and reinstalling, you can safely wait a few days until Mozilla posts the updates to its auto-updater.

By Brian Krebs  |  July 20, 2005; 12:46 PM ET
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Comments

Intesting how this update is being received in the media. An update is released that doesn't pass QC, and a fix is released within hours.

If Microsoft were to do that, there would be a cavalcade of criticism. The double standard has grown old. It's 2005, and Microsoft has clearly improved its products in a significant way.

Posted by: Matt | July 21, 2005 12:53 AM | Report abuse

Matt - Do you work for Microsoft or something? How else could you fail to notice that Microsoft doesn't fix faulty patches a few days after they are released - they wait at least a month until the next patch Tuesday. Some of the patches they produce - the Internet Explorer ones come to mind here - they repatch like 3 to 4 times over the course of six months. If they released fixes to fixes on a more timely basis, I doubt that would be seen in a negative light.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 21, 2005 9:54 AM | Report abuse

We need a new character added to type fonts that covers a situation such as the excerpt from this article: "if you've never done it, now would be a good time. If you need help finding your profile folder, see these instructions." Given the nature of hyperlinks, we could probably save a little time (always a plus) if we just hade a character that led to the hyperlink in question, when there is a referral to additional info, in this case the instructions.

Posted by: GEO | July 21, 2005 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Try to make your point without dragging irrelevant subjects, such as where I may or may not work, into the discuession.

The reasoning behind Microsoft's patch Tuesday schedule is established and well documented: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/revsbwp.mspx

Unless there is a significant threat to users, there is no need to distrubute updates to patches off schedule. It is much easier to have a consistent schedule of release, testing and application of patches, than to release at random.

In fact, many vendors are quietly starting to emulate this and release their patches on or around Patch Tuesday. There was an article in eweek today about this: http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,1837933,00.asp

Posted by: Matt | July 21, 2005 4:52 PM | Report abuse

You sound kinda defensive to me, Matt.

Posted by: PN | July 23, 2005 2:31 PM | Report abuse

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