Firefox releases Firefox 3.0 RC 3; Mac bug triggers work-around

June 12, 2008

Firefox-logo.pngIf you are a Mac user who uses Firefox, you might want to grab the most recent update. Firefox 3.0 RC 3 was released on Wednesday, June 11, 2008. Firefox 3.0 RC 3 focuses on a single bug which was introduced within Apple’s latest Mac OS X 10.5.3 update. Several users reported that their systems would hang up or crash at startup or shutdown.

According to reports, Mozilla reported the bug to Apple. In typical Apple fashion, company engineers didn’t say too much about the bug. “After further investigation, it has been determined that this is a known issue, which is currently being investigated by engineering.” Apple’s response is not surprising; its lips are usually sealed when it comes to bugs and security issues, something which I’ve always found annoying. Since Mozilla had no idea when this issue would be resolved by Apple, Mozilla decided to create a work-around.

Mac users on the Mozilla bug tracking system said that the bug was still surfacing in early developer builds of MAC OS X 10.4. Mike Shaver, director of Ecosystem Development at Mozilla, commented in a Bugzilla thread, “Anything we do in our application will be a work-around; any real fix has to come from Apple, on their timeline.” Shaver also went on to mention that, in an effort to mimic Safari behavior, he created a workout that would prevent “VerifiedDownloadPlugin” from loading. Safari does not load this plugin.

Mozilla Firefox is a web browser created by the Mozilla Corporation. Firefox runs on Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, and other Unix-like operating systems. Firefox has been through numerous name changes. It originally started with the name Phoenix which was released on September 23, 2002.

If you haven’t already done so, log onto the Mozilla website and download Firefox 3.0 RC 3.

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