Firefox 1.5 has been released

by Volker Weber

About Firefox 1.5


Is it possible, that this release is identical to the release candidate 3 which was deployed via the automatic update feature (at least in the English version I am using)? The build number 20051111 supports this, as much as the fact that the updatefeature claims that there was no update available.

Ragnar Schierholz, 2005-11-29

That's normally the way a Release Candidate works, if no "showstopper" bugs are found in the RC then it is simply rebaged as the release and that's it. If you fix even one bug you should go through all your testing again and hence should probably have another RC.

So while there might still be issues that they know about, none of them were critical enough to warrant another RC cycle, they'll just be fixed in 1.5.1 or whatever.

This is all just speculation based on my knowledge of how these things work, I haven't done any actual research into the specifics for Firefox :)

Marcin Szczepanski, 2005-11-29

RC3 and the final release have the same MD5 sums. They seem to be really identical. ;-)

Oliver Regelmann, 2005-11-30

Marcin, that sounds pretty idealistical to me :-) But if the Mozilla foundation really works this way on the Mozilla products, good to know!

Ragnar Schierholz, 2005-11-30

Curious for your opinion and those of your readers. On the Mac which is better, Safari or Firefox?

Barry Briggs, 2005-11-30

That question has two answers: Firefox and Safari. :-)

I use Safari. If I run into a site that does not work with Safari, I fall back to Firefox. If that fails, I fall back to the ancient IE/Mac. (Quickplace is one of those applications that will only work with IE. QP7 is supposed to work with Firefox.)

I believe Safari is the only browser that does not fail the acid test, but it has some issues in the Javascript/DOM space. Thomas Gumz might be able to give us some insights here.

However, I prefer Safari because it distracts me less from the websites I visit. I probably could make Firefox look similar to Safari but I try not to customize too much. There is one benefit I get from Safari that does not play for many other people: It syncs my bookmarks via .Mac between my macs.

Volker Weber, 2005-11-30

And Skype released 2.0 beta with video calling.

Martin Hiegl, 2005-12-01

Can it actually call other internet phone users free of charge over SIP yet? Or is it still locked into it's proprietary system?

Ben Rose, 2005-12-01

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