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Firefox 3.6.4 with Crash Protection Now Available

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A more stable Firefox. Always a good thing.

If you noticed that your Firefox asked if it could update your browser to 3.6.4, it has good reason to – it's for crash protection.

This latest build of Firefox isolates third party plug-ins in a separate process, so when they crash, they won't bring the entire browser down with it. This is something that's already done by other browsers, like Chrome. (Isn't competition of free products great?)

Mozilla wrote in its blog post:

Results from our beta testing show Firefox 3.6.4 will significantly reduce the number of Firefox crashes experienced by users who are watching online videos or playing games. When a plugin crashes or freezes while using Firefox, users can enjoy uninterrupted browsing by simply refreshing the page.

The new build and feature is available now for Windows and Linux.

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    a1exh , 28 June 2010 16:15
    It's been bumped 3.6.6 already!
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    Anonymous , 28 June 2010 16:29
    yeah, am in mauritius, yesterday i received the update 3.6.6!!!!!!!!!
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    cordas_uk , 28 June 2010 17:24
    In the last few days I seem to have encountered far more crashes in/with Firefox that I have experienced all year... It really doesn't seem to like adobe for some reason.... maybe Applitis is contagious...
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    Silmarunya , 28 June 2010 18:47
    So FF became a bit more stable... Great. But its stability still isn't on par with Opera or Chrome. Its speed is still lightyears behind Chrome and Opera. The functionalities are still lagging behind Opera and on par with Chrome.

    FF isn't the great browser it used to be. Or rather, the competition improved at a faster pace than FF.
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    Clintonio , 28 June 2010 18:56
    SilmarunyaSo FF became a bit more stable... Great. But its stability still isn't on par with Opera or Chrome. Its speed is still lightyears behind Chrome and Opera. The functionalities are still lagging behind Opera and on par with Chrome.FF isn't the great browser it used to be. Or rather, the competition improved at a faster pace than FF.

    Opera has gone down the pan in the last year. I've been a hardcore Opera user (as in, a lot of tabs, using a lot of the features) daily since 2005. Since 2010 Opera has become painful. I get memory leaks daily, crashes in Gmail, and poor performance generally.

    I now use Chrome and Opera together, knowing that Opera may one day decide my tab collection needs erasing just to piss me off. I keep the most important things in Chrome, using Opera for the bulk actions.
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    Silmarunya , 28 June 2010 20:55
    ClintonioOpera has gone down the pan in the last year. I've been a hardcore Opera user (as in, a lot of tabs, using a lot of the features) daily since 2005. Since 2010 Opera has become painful. I get memory leaks daily, crashes in Gmail, and poor performance generally.I now use Chrome and Opera together, knowing that Opera may one day decide my tab collection needs erasing just to piss me off. I keep the most important things in Chrome, using Opera for the bulk actions.


    I'm a hardcore Opera user as well and never experienced the problems you describe, execpt with the 10.50 alpha. Opera hasn't crashed a single time since 10.50, not even the 10.60 beta version I'm writing this post in.

    Chrome is great, but I find it lacks features. And Google's privacy record is rather scary...
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    Silmarunya , 29 June 2010 01:07
    Rab1d-BDGRA little word of warning for upgraders: When firefox updates it checks the version of flash player and recommends an upgrade. The Adobe upgrade will install McAfee scare ware if you don't stop it (Tick box is hidden, you have to scroll down and it is checked to install the scamware by default). I got burned by this and reading some forums there is quite a lot of ill feeling and nerd rage being generated by this underhand tactic from Adobe. So if you're offered a flash update when you upgrade firefox - careful what else they are sneaking onto your system.


    Sad that open source software like FF falls victim to closed source monopolists and their filthy practices... And I'm *not* pointing at Adobe and Apple.