Thursday, September 29, 2011

Firefox and Thunderbird Reach Version 7

Version 7 of the popular web browser Firefox and the desktop mail client Thunderbird was released yesterday. Both of them come with minor but notable changes.

What's new in Firefox 7
  • Drastically improved memory handling for certain use cases
  • Added a new rendering backend to speed up Canvas operations on Windows systems
  • Bookmark and password changes now sync almost instantly when using Firefox Sync
  • The 'http://' URL prefix is now hidden by default
  • Added support for text-overflow: ellipsis
  • Added support for the Web Timing specification
  • Enhanced support for MathML
  • The WebSocket protocol has been updated from version 7 to version 8
  • Added an opt-in system for users to send performance data back to Mozilla to improve future versions of Firefox
  • Fixed several stability issues
  • Fixed several security issues
Firefox 7 is available in the official repositories for Oneiric and Natty. For older versions of Ubuntu or some other Linux, please refer to installation instructions in this older post. They were meant for Firefox 6 but work the same for Firefox 7 as well:

http://www.tuxgarage.com/2011/08/firefox-6-stable-released-linux-ubuntu.html

What's new in Thunderbird 7
  • Thunderbird is based on the new Mozilla Gecko 7 engine
  • Several user interface fixes and improvements
  • Several fixes to attachment handling
  • Ability to print a summary of selected email messages
  • Platform improvements to Address Book
  • Fixed several security issues
  • Numerous platform fixes that improve speed, performance and stability
For installation instructions, please refer to the older post here. Instructions were meant for Thunderbird 6 initially but they are the same for Thunderbird 7 as well:

http://www.tuxgarage.com/2011/08/thunderbird-6-stable-released-ubuntu.html

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