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    What's New in Firefox


    Release Date: February 23, 2007

    Security Update: The following list of security issues have been

    Windows Vista Support: Many enhancements and fixes for Windows
    Vista are included along with the following caveats.

    New Languages: Beta releases for several new languages are now
    available for testing.

    Permissions Bug Fixed: In the German (de) locale on Windows and
    Linux, resolved a problem with certain files tagged as read-only.

    Downloading and Installing
    System Requirements

    Before installing, make sure your computer meets the system
    Downloading Firefox 2

    Mozilla provides Firefox 2 for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X in a
    variety of languages. You can get the latest version of Firefox 2
    here. For builds for other systems and languages not provided by, see the Contributed Builds section at the end of this
    Installing Firefox 2

    Please note that installing Firefox 2 will overwrite your existing
    installation of Firefox. You won't lose any of your bookmarks or
    browsing history, but some of your extensions and other add-ons might
    not work until updates for them are made available.
    Removing Firefox 2

    You can remove Firefox 2 through the Control Panel in the Start Menu
    on Windows, by removing the Firefox application on OS X, or by
    removing the firefox folder on Linux.

    Removing Firefox 2 won't remove your bookmarks, web browsing history,
    extensions or other add-ons. This data is stored in your profile
    folder, which is located in one of the following locations depending
    on your operating system:
    Windows Vista Users\<UserName>\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox
    Windows 2000, XP Documents and Settings\<UserName>\Application
    Windows NT WINNT\Profiles\<UserName>\Application
    Windows 98, ME Windows\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox
    Mac OS X ~/Library/Application Support/Firefox
    Linux and Unix systems ~/.mozilla/firefox

    Any version of Firefox that you install after removing Firefox 2 will
    continue to use the data from this profile folder.
    Extensions and Themes

    Extensions installed under Firefox 1.5 may be incompatible and/or
    require updates to work with Firefox 2. Please report any issues to
    the maintainer of the extension. When you install Firefox 2 all of
    your Extensions and Themes will be disabled until Firefox 2 determines
    that either a) they are compatible with the Firefox 2 release or b)
    there are newer versions available that are compatible.
    Known Issues

    This list covers some of the known problems with Firefox 2. Please
    read this before reporting any new bugs.

    All Systems

    * Window bounces and shakes. There have been reports in
    Bugzilla and MozillaZine forums of windows either bouncing or shaking
    when no items are in the toolbar and in other cases. As a workaround,
    there are some instructions at MozillaZine that can help resolve this
    * Some firewall software may silently block Firefox from
    running. This often happens immediately after Firefox has been
    installed or updated from a previous version. There are configuration
    instructions available for most popular firewall programs to help you
    ensure that Firefox is allowed to connect to the Internet.
    * Dictionaries for several locales can't be packaged with the
    builds, and must be manually downloaded by right-clicking in a text
    area and selecting "Add Dictionaries..." from the shortcut menu. New
    dictionaries are regularly being added to Mozilla Add-ons, so if you
    don't see the particular dictionary you need, check back later.
    * When trying to print web pages with text areas, if the text
    area contains a misspelled word and spell checking is enabled, all the
    following content of the text area will not be printed. You can
    right-click in the text area and uncheck "Spell check this field" to
    turn off spell checking temporarily while you print.
    * Access key definitions provided by web pages can now be
    triggered using Alt+Shift+key on Windows, Ctrl+key on Mac OS X, and
    Ctrl+Shift+key on Unix.
    * The Session Restore functionality provided in Firefox 2 will
    restore connections to services which use session cookies to maintain
    login state such as GMail. It is recommended that users with concerns
    about the privacy implications of this behavior change the value of
    browser.sessionstore.resume_from_crash to false.
    * The option for "Shrink to fit" has been removed in Firefox
    2. If you wish to change this from the value you had set in your
    previous version of Firefox, change the value of
    * To install Firefox on a multi-user system in a location in
    which users do not have write privileges, Firefox must be run at least
    once by a privileged user.
    * Software Update will not work if Firefox is installed to a
    location on your disk to which you do not have write access, since
    Software Update needs to replace or create files in this location.
    * Some financial institutions use port 563 for secure logins,
    which results in an error message. If you encounter this error, make
    sure that includes 563 in the
    comma-separated list of banned network ports to override.

    Windows & Windows Vista

    * Clicking links in some applications (e.g. some instant
    messaging programs) might not open them in Firefox, even if you have
    set it as your default browser. To workaround this problem, go to
    Start -> Default Programs -> Set default programs for this computer,
    expand custom, select the radio button next to the app you want to set
    as the system wide default app (e.g. Firefox, etc.), and apply.
    * Using the context menu (right-clicking on the Firefox icon)
    to start in Safe Mode, doesn't work. As a workaround, use the "Mozilla
    Firefox (Safe Mode)" menu item that appears in the Start Menu instead.
    * A Windows Media Player (WMP) plugin is not provided with
    Windows Vista. As a workaround, in order to view Windows Media
    content, you can follow these instructions. Note that after installing
    you may have to get a security update and apply it before you can see
    the content in the browser.
    * Vista Parental Controls are not completely honored. In
    particular, file downloads do not honor Vista's parental control
    settings. This will be addressed in an upcoming Firefox release.
    * When migrating from Internet Explorer 7 to Firefox, cookies
    and saved form history are not imported.

    Mac OS X

    * The "Close Other Tabs" action on the shortcut menu of a tab
    can fail with an error when more than 20 tabs are open.
    * Some users have reported problems viewing Macromedia Flash
    content on Intel Mac computers. To work around this problem, users can
    remove or move the PowerPC version of "Flash Player Enabler.plugin
    from /Library/Internet Plug-Ins.
    * After installing a new plug-in, Firefox may continue to
    display information for the older version of the plug-in in
    about:plugins. If this happens, quit Firefox, delete the
    "pluginreg.dat" file from your profile folder, and relaunch Firefox.
    * Java does not run on Intel Core processors under Rosetta.
    * There is no Talkback on Intel-based Macs when running
    natively or under Rosetta. The Apple Crash report program should
    launch in the event of application crashes.

    Linux and Unix

    * If Firefox is installed to a location with spaces in the
    path, it may not be able to set itself as default browser and may keep
    prompting at startup. The work around is to install into a path
    without spaces.
    * GNOME integration does not work properly with Fedora Core 3.
    Users of Fedora Core 3 will need to download and install
    linc-1.0.3-3.1.i386.rpm. After installing the RPM, perform the
    following command in the directory in which you installed Firefox (you
    will need write permission):

    touch .autoreg
    The next time you start Firefox, GNOME integration should be
    * firefox -remote (mozilla-xremote-client) no longer works on
    urls containing commas, and is deprecated. firefox -new-window /url/
    will open the url in a new window; firefox -new-tab /url/ will open
    the url in a new tab.


    * Poorly designed or incompatible extensions can cause problems
    with your browser, including make it crash, slow down page display,
    etc. If you encounter strange problems relating to parts of the
    browser no longer working, the browser not starting, windows with
    strange or distorted appearance, degraded performance, etc, you may be
    suffering from Extension or Theme trouble. Restart the browser in Safe
    Mode. On Windows, start using the "Safe Mode" shortcut created in your
    Start menu or by running firefox.exe -safe-mode. On Linux, start with
    ../firefox -safe-mode and on Mac OS X, run:

    cd /Applications/
    ./firefox-bin -safe-mode
    When started in Safe Mode all extensions are disabled and the
    Default theme is used. Disable the Extension/Theme that is causing
    trouble and then start normally.
    * If you uninstall an extension that is installed with your user
    profile (i.e. you installed it from a Web page) and then wish to
    install it for all user profiles using the -install-global-extension
    command line flag, you must restart the browser once to cleanse the
    profile extensions datasource of traces of that extension before
    installing with the switch. If you do not do this you may end up with
    a jammed entry in the Extensions list and will be unable to install
    the extension globally.
    * If you encounter strange problems relating to bookmarks,
    downloads, window placement, toolbars, history, or other settings, it
    is recommended that you try creating a new profile and attempting to
    reproduce the problem before filing bugs. Create a new profile by
    running Firefox with the -P command line argument, choose the "Manage
    Profiles" button and then choose "Create Profile...". Migrate your
    settings files (Bookmarks, Saved Passwords, etc) over one by one,
    checking each time to see if the problems resurface. If you do find a
    particular profile data file is causing a problem, file a bug and
    attach the file.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    1. What can I do to help?

    We need help from developers and the testing community to
    provide as much feedback as possible to make Firefox even better.
    Please read these notes and the bug filing instructions before
    reporting any bugs to Bugzilla. You can also give us your feedback
    through this feedback form.
    2. Why haven't you responded to the mail I sent you?

    Use the forums. The Firefox team reads them regularly. We all
    get a lot of email and your email may get lost.
    3. Where can I get extensions and themes (add-ons)?

    Extensions and Themes can be downloaded from Firefox Add-ons.
    4. Who makes Firefox 2?

    Lots of people. See Help->About Mozilla Firefox, Credits for a
    list of some of the people who have contributed to Firefox 2.
    5. Where's the Firefox 2 source code?

    A tarball of the Firefox 2 source code is available for
    download. The latest development code can be obtained by cvs.
    Firefox-specific source is in "mozilla/browser", "mozilla/toolkit",
    and "mozilla/chrome". Please follow the build instructions.
    6. Where is the mail client?

    Firefox 2 works with whatever mail client is the default on your
    system. However, we recommend Mozilla Thunderbird, our next-generation
    email client and the perfect complement to Firefox.

    Localized Builds

    Firefox is now available in Beta form for the following languages.

    * Afrikaans (af) - Windows, Mac, Linux
    * Belarusian (be) - Windows, Mac, Linux
    * Georgian (ka) - Windows, Mac, Linux
    * Kurdish (ku) - Windows, Mac, Linux

    Contributed Builds

    Many localized builds are now produced and distributed by
    on behalf of their authors. These are available on the Firefox 2
    download page.

    Builds that have not yet been certified as official Firefox 2
    localizations are available by browsing the FTP site.

    These are unofficial builds and may be configured differently than the
    official builds. They may also be optimized and/or tested
    for specific platforms.
    Other Resources and Links

    The following resources contain useful information about Firefox 2:

    * Firefox 2 Project Page
    * MozillaZine's Knowledge Base
    * Developer Information
    Tester, Feb 24, 2007
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