All the suddenly I'm running Firefox 6 alpha?!?!

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hkwint

Apr 14, 2011
4:19 PM EST
A while ago, FF's new 'updating' mechanism bumped me all the way from 4.0bpre8 via 4.0bpre13 (last one before 4.0 came out) to 4.2apre1.

But now, all the suddenly I'm running FF 6.0 Alpha! It's the 'Nightly Aurora' line it seems.

In fact nothing fancy, just a name; http://www.tomsguide.com/us/firefox-google-chrome-apple-safa...

but still... Some months ago I was running 3.6.13. Great way to boast, FF4 is just out and I'm running 6!

This is what the 'about' screen looks like (of course in WindowMaker):

jdixon

Apr 14, 2011
6:30 PM EST
Skipped right over 5, huh? Wonderful.

Firefox 4 crashed so frequently on my wife's XP machine that she downgraded back to Firefox 3.6. It looks more and more like the Firefox developers want Chrome to win out.
hkwint

Apr 15, 2011
7:12 PM EST
I had that episode as well JD. But as soon as it came, it also went after upgrading!
TxtEdMacs

Apr 16, 2011
6:10 AM EST
For an explanation of the version types, check this out:

http://arstechnica.com/open-source/news/2011/04/ride-the-fir...

However, nightlyes are bleeding edge. You could back off to the intermediate stage where they are supposed to have some stability, i.e. Aurora. Long ago when I did s/not/some/ testing, when I found a nightly that was stable I stayed with it over the beta.

[edit How could I have missed the "not" when I was thinking "some"?]
hkwint

Apr 16, 2011
7:33 AM EST
Interesting, they say 'nightly is unsuitable for day-to-day use, but it has been my day-to-day browser for more than two months now.
TxtEdMacs

Apr 16, 2011
8:10 AM EST
Back when I was testing a prelease version of Firefox, I too found a nightly more stable. However, the next day's version could be a complete disaster.

Edit, by the way the old name of the Nightly version was minefield where the latter was apropos naming.

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